Grand Canyon University
August 5, 2013
Impact of IOM Report On Future of Nursing
In October of 2010, the Institute of Medicine released the report “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health”. “The IOM is an independent, nongovernment organization that gives advice to people in decision-making positions… The opinions of the IOM are highly regarded and carry weight in legislative decision” (Grand Canyon University[GCU], n.d., para. 6). This paper will explore the impact on nursing of the IOM report, focusing on the topics of education, nursing practice, and the role of the nurse as a leader.
In the chapter Transforming Education, the IOM committee identified “major changes in the U.S. health care system and practice environments will require equally profound changes in the education of nurses both before and after they receive their licenses” (Committee on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the Institute of Medicine; Institute of Medicine [IOM ], 2011, p. 163). IOM recognizes studies that show a correlation between BSN prepared nurses and better patient outcomes. The committee strongly supports advanced education and recommends a goal of increasing the percentage of BSN prepared nurses to 80% by 2020. The report further calls for more advanced practice RNs, more qualified nursing instructors, and more nurse researchers educated at the doctorate level. The report stresses the “need to establish, maintain, and expand new competencies throughout a nurse’s education and career” (IOM, 2011, p. 164).
“Many of todays new nurses are undereducated to meet practice demands across settings” (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/media-relations/fact-sheets/impact-of-education). Increasing the overall and continuing education of nurses would have a tremendous impact on the advancement of the nursing profession. Nurses could potentially
References: American Association of Colleges of Robert Rosseter . (2012, October 24). Fact sheet: The impact of education on nursing practice. . Retrieved from http://www.aacn.nche.edu/media-relations/fact-sheets/impact-of-education Committee on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the Institute of Medicine; Institute of Medicine. (2011). The future of nursing: Leading change, advancing health. Retrieved from http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2010/The-Future-of-Nursing-Leading-Change-Advancing-Health.aspx Grand Canyon University (n.d.). Professional accountability, standards of practice, professional development [Lecture notes]. Retrieved from https://lc-ugrad1.gcu.edu/learningPlatform/user/users.html?operation=loggedIn#/learningPlatform/loudBooks/loudbooks.html?viewPage=past&operation=innerPage&topicMaterialId=6232acb7-154e-402a-9bd6-d83b6008c24b&contentId=6a66511c-59c4-4e34-8f7e-c90d2095013c&1