Grand Canyon University
The Institute of Medicine report: The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health talks of the vision for future healthcare and changes in the nursing profession that are needed to provide improved health care. The future goal being a system accessible to everyone no matter background where disease is prevented, wellness is encouraged and promoted, and outcomes of patient situations are improved. All while the patient is made to feel safe, cared for, and listened to. The impact of the report on education shows that an increase in duties and the competency expected from the nurse in learning have put increased pressure on education and what is taught in nursing classes. An increase in a nurse’s educational level affects the treatment the patient receives and outcome. “An improved education system is necessary to ensure that the current and future generations of nurses can deliver safe, quality, patient-centered care across all settings, especially in such areas as primary care and community and public health”(“Key messages of the report”, 2011, p.30). Nurses should try to begin their careers with a baccalaureate degree or attempt to obtain it early on. They should also be motivated to move on to higher levels of degrees. It is expected that as a nurse you will be a lifelong learner as healthcare needs in technology, medicines, and responsibilities are constantly progressing, changing, and becoming more complicated. Online nursing programs that help create an easier transition to obtaining higher degrees are very prominent among working nurses right now. It is possible for a working nurse with a family to go to school through on online program where the degree obtained is the same as one from a traditional college. Education in diversity among the population and among hospital staff is needed as...