Impact and Future of Nursing in Reference to the IOM Report
In Transforming Nursing Education, Primary Care, and Leadership
Grand Canyon University: NRS-430V
October 23, 2015
Impact and Future of Nursing in Reference to the IOM Report in Transforming
Nursing Education, Primary Care, and Leadership
Nursing’s future is greatly impacted by the need for major transformation as recommended by the Institute Of Medicine report (IOM, 2010). Nursing must act fast and come forward as leaders to make changes in their practice. Demand for highly educated nurses and the growing healthcare customer needs are the focus point of IOM report. This paper shows the impact of the ...view middle of the document...
Hospital that I’m currently employed has already started with the recommendations of higher education for nurses. Goal of bachelor degree education is set to reach by 2017. Aiken (2011) explains the need for entry-level nursing education to start at the baccalaureate level (p. 196-198). A scarcity of faculty available to teach is also an ongoing problem (Aiken, 2011, p. 196-198). Many hospitals offer incentives such as tuition reimbursement, assistance, and coalition with universities for discounted fees to nurses to pursue the goal of advanced educational degrees. Nurses should continue their education to become APRNs. Nurses with DNPs degree should be “recognized for their ability to provide safe, quality, healthcare that improves outcomes, rather than being viewed as a physician substitute” (Lathrop, & Hodnicki, 2014, para.25). Individuals have the opportunities to become nurses by completing diploma, associate degrees (ADN), or bachelor’s degree programs (BSN). Once completing the education, nurses have to pass the NCLEX exam to practice the profession. Future of nursing expects more than basic education and skills. Faculties of APRN are also necessary to improve the quality of education received. Nursing curriculums should help nurses to meet the needs and demands of their diverse patient population and continuously evolving changes within the healthcare system.
Growing healthcare demands for better educated NPs and DNPs to be available in primary care. According to the IOM (2010), “nurses make up the single largest segment of the health care work force. They also spend the greatest amount of time in delivering patient care as a profession.” No matter which educational pathway a nurse pursue, be it diploma, ADN, or BSN, the scope of practice remains the same. The job duties might be differentiated by nurses’ position in the workplace such as a bedside nurse, nurse manager, supervisor, director of nursing, or Chief Nursing Officer (CNO). The scope of practice for growing numbers of NPs and Physician assistants (PA) differ from state to state. In some states, NPs need a physician oversight more than others. Many states allow NPs to diagnose and prescribe medications. The IOM report shows the increase of NPs and PAs in relation to medical students. The report predicts an increased supply of NPs and PAs in such a short time which will fulfill the requirements of a multitude of healthcare needs. Future of nursing is in the hands of present day nurses. Work settings for the majority of nurses are hospitals, ambulatory care centers, community health centers and a few in homecare as well as long-term care. Hospitals envision nurses to complete BSN programs to provide better outcomes for patients being treated. In the future, there might be less primary care doctors and more APRNs. More NPs are recruited by hospitals to enhance patient care and expedite the transition to home from hospital setting. In primary care areas, NPs are in high...