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Professional Development of Nursing Professionals
Amanda L. Miklus
Grand Canyon University

The Professional Development of Nursing Professionals
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report focusing on the future of nursing: innovative change and advancing healthcare (The Institute of Medicine, 2011). This IOM report created a great impact upon the nursing profession by talking about education, advancement in practice, and presenting nurses as leaders in the medical profession (The Institute of Medicine, 2011). The field of nursing is ever changing with innovative ideas and improved standards of safe patient care. The IOM report focused on the “critical intersection between the health needs of diverse populations across the lifespan and the actions of the nursing workforce.” (The Institute of Medicine, p. 4, 2011). Their recommendations are “intended to support efforts to improve the health and the U.S. population through the contributions nurses can make to delivery of care. But they are not necessarily about achieving what is most comfortable, convenient, or easy for the nursing profession.” (The Institute of Medicine, p. 4, 2011). While these three key messages touch on different areas, they are all tied together by the same goal: providing patients with the highest quality of patient-centered care.

The first ‘Key Message’ states, “Nurses should practice to their full extent of their education and training.” (The Institute of Medicine, p. 4, 2011). Nurses are gaining more recognition in the hospital care setting. Doctors and patients are realizing that the nurse is the connection between them. Nurses are the physician’s eyes and ears as well as the support and caregiver to patient. Nurses have been trained not only to care for the patient, but also as a leader and an advocate. This allows them the potential to initiate concepts to increase the quality of the healthcare systems nationwide. This key message spoke a lot of Advance...
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