Grand Canyon University
The Future of Nursing
Looking back over 150 years ago, the nursing profession has changed drastically. Even just the uniform of nurses changed from the white dresses with panty hose and a white cap to scrubs with pants. Here are a few other examples of change in the profession: “there was a time in the past when only physicians took blood pressures, performed phlebotomy and administered blood; and not so long ago, only RNs – not LPNs – were allowed to administer IV medications” (Daley, 2013, p.4433). With our ever changing health care industry, including the 2010 Affordable Care Act, the nursing profession needs to continue to improve their practice and change with the times.
Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report
The Institute of Medicine (2010) created a two year program that has assessed the nursing profession and provided recommendations on what actions to take to improve the future of nursing. This report focused on four key concepts; “practice to the full extent of education and training, achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression, be full partners, with physicians and other health care professionals, in redesigning health care in the United States, effective workforce planning and policy making require better data collection and information infrastructure” (Institute of Medicine [IOM], 2010). I will discuss in details the impact of the IOM report on nursing education, nursing practice, nurse’s role as a leader and how I would change my practice to meet the goals of the report.
Because nursing as a profession is ever changing, education needs to be a continual part of every professional nurse. The education can be from new training programs within the facilities, specialty certifications or graduate education programs. The IOM report (2010) mentions the
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