Professional Development of Nursing Professionals

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Elenora Vidal-Pascal
Professional Development of Nursing Professionals
Grand Canyon University

Impact of the IOM Report on Nursing Education, Leadership and Practice Nursing has become one of the fastest rising professions, not only in the United States but, in the world. Nurses have been regulated in their scope of practice for years. With The Affordable Care Act of 2010coming accessible to the public, nursing will be called in to utilize their skills to be in the forefront of accommodating the healthcare demands of society. For the first time, a medical doctor must work collectively and cooperatively with the nurse practitioner and the remaining team, delivering quality care for patients now and in the coming century. All patients from all walks of life and ethnicity and cultural backgrounds can benefit from this act. As the Affordable Care Act provides affordable healthcare to those without it will see the emergence of the nurse profession fill in the gaps of scarce physicians. To fill this gap, nurses will have to educate at a superior level curriculum that covers all specialties, especially primary care where there is a tremendous need. The primary focus in healthcare is shifting from acute care to preventable and long term care like primary care. In this shifting environment, nurses can take on leadership roles. Through continued education, nurses can develop skills to primary care patients and take the burden and load off the physician. In 2010, recognizing the major shifts in healthcare delivery made possible by the Affordable Healthcare Act, the institute of medicine (IOM) published a landmark report on the future of nursing. The paper will show that the impact on nursing practice, nursing education and the nurse’s role as a leader. Transforming Practice: Impact on the IOM on Nursing Practice The Institute of Medicine reports “examines how enabling nurses to practice to the full extent of their education and training can be a...
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