Institute of Medicine (IOM) in partnership with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) conducted 2 years of research (2008-2010) to assess and transform the nursing profession in an effort to improve the overall healthcare in United States. The new model health care system is focused on health maintenance, disease prevention, and providing quality care to improve health care outcomes. This study identified reforming nursing profession is vital to improve the overall quality of healthcare. The major areas of recommended changes are nursing education, practice and leadership. Recommended modifications in these areas of nursing will serve as an integral part of attaining the goals set forth in the Affordable Care Act (2010). In order to transform nursing education IOM recommended “Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.” It clearly shows that the IOM recommends nurses to pursue continuing education to be able to cope up with the major changes in the healthcare. One of the main recommendations of IOM was to increase the percentage or BSNs to 80% by 2020 and encourage more nurses to pursue continue their way to APRNs and DNP to recover the shortage of nurses in these areas. Even though there is no clear data available to prove that nurses holds BSN can perform better than a nurse with ADN, it is clear that the bolster knowledge the BSN nurses receives during their 4 year education in the area of community and public health issues, leadership, health policy and health care financing, leadership, quality improvement, and systems thinking will allow them to perform better in the changes that the reformed health care system brings in. Increasing number of hospitals, especially Magnet hospitals already prefer nurses with BSN for employment. I consider continuing my education by staring my BSN program is a major path that enables me to survive the inevitable changes in...
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