Professional Accountability, Standards of Practice, Professional Development.
Standards of practice and professional accountability are inextricably woven together. Standards describe the "what and how" of delivering nursing care. Professional accountability is creating the standards, meeting those standards, holding peers to the standards, and revising the standards when needed.
As your e-text describes "Standards of practice are the "what" and describe a competent level of nursing care. Standards ofprofessional performance are the "how" of nursing (Cresaia & Friberg, 2010). The ANA's Scope and Standards of Clinical Nursing Practice (2004) describe both the "what" and ...view middle of the document...
All the other spokes of professionalism emanate from that center. Congratulations on your journey!
Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report on the Future of Nursing
A recent development on the landscape of nursing is the IOM report "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health," which was released in October 2010. The IOM is an independent, nongovernment organization that gives advice to people in decision-making positions. Its Mission is to "serve as adviser to the nation to improve health." The opinions of the IOM are highly regarded and carry weight in legislative decision. The report outlines major categories of change needed in nursing to meet the health care needs of the nation (Institute of Medicine, 2010):
Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training.
Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.
Nurses should be full partners, with physicians and other health care professionals, in redesigning...