Grand Canyon University: NRS-430-0191 Professional Dynamics
The Future of Nursing
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has researched how nursing as we know it will and is changing. They have written a report called “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health” that outlines the impact of these changes on education, nursing practice, and nurses as leaders and made recommendations on the necessary changes. Regarding the impact of education, practice and the nursing role as leaders, they have developed four key messages: “1) Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training, 2) Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression, 3) Nurses should be full partners, with physicians and other health care professionals, in redesigning health care in the United States and 4) Effective workforce planning and policy making require better data collection and information infrastructure” (Committee on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing, 2011). Impact on Education
This IOM report strongly encourages our nursing population to obtain higher degrees. Not only does the committee prefer baccalaureate, master and doctorate prepared nurses, but they want to see our nursing population become more diverse. They want the nursing workforce to be leaders, able to meet the needs of all patients and able to deliver care at a higher standard. Health policy and health care financing competencies need to be included in the curriculum as well as leader ship, quality improvement and systems thinking (Committee on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing, 2011). The committee has set a goal for 80% of nurses to have a minimum of a BSN by the year 2020. In order for this goal to be met, several changes in our education programs need to occur. One change...