Professional Development of Nursing Professionals
A new prospective has been initiated for the future of nursing. With the common goal of patient centered care, that is created around a specific patient. The U.S Health Care System needs to be transformed, which will require development of new roles for nurses and many other healthcare positions. Nurses must recognize what this means for their specific role and what different educational changes need to be made. Nurses stepping into leadership roles will also be a necessary and vital piece to the success of nursing in the near future (Institute of Medicine, 2011).
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The results that the healthcare organizations are seeing have been very successful. The Department of Veterans Affairs, needed to reorganize their system in the 1990’s due to new laws that increased the amount of people covered. The organization’s predicament was much like the general U.S. population today. 40% of the VA’s patients were at least 65 years old or greater. The VA used a plan that transitioned the focus of care away from acute settings and onto the increase of primary care. They focused on improving primary care with providing more help in convenient locations and to increase the management of chronic disease. The VA hired many NPs to provide primary care, due to the shortage physicians. The increase in the use of NPs for the VA was very impressive. Research and data have shown that the VA patients had better care and outcomes, with less cost, than those who were enrolled in Medicare (Institute of Medicine, 2011).
As an emergency room nurse, I am faced with overcrowding of the department daily. The future plans to increase primary care for patients will help to decrease the current problems. As a bedside nurse, it is my duty to actively seek further education and get involved with the hospital and its future plans.
With the substantial changes proposed for the future of the U.S. Health care system, there will need to be major changes in the education of health care providers, especially focusing on nurses. With nurses stepping up to new roles and duties, they will need to be educated to a higher level and with a better understanding about their new roles and the significance they play. From the start, nurses need to have the highest education levels possible. Increasing the amount of BSN nurses, advanced practice nurses, and doctoral level nurses that provide research and teaching will be a necessity to advancing nurses and providing better care for patients (Institute of Medicine, 2011).
Increasing the number of nurses with a baccalaureate-degree, could prompt an early understanding for nurses in regards to leadership, quality improvement, health care finance, and research skills. Those important competencies are not taught in the associate-level programs, but are vital competencies to the future of nursing. Also, nurses who start out at the BSN level are more likely to continue furthering their education to the masters and also the doctoral levels. With the plans to increase the use of NPs in primary care, more advanced...