Case Study: Incorporating Nursing

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TRANSFORMING NURSING
Kimberly Havrilko
Grand Canyon University

NRS430V

April 5, 2015

TRANSFORMING NURSING
“In 2010, Congress passed and the President signed into law comprehensive health care legislation. With the enactment of these laws, collectively referred to as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the United States has an opportunity to transform its health care system to provide higher-quality, safe, more affordable, and more accessible care” (Institute of Medicine of the National Academies ("Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (IOM)," 2011, p. 1). In 2008, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the IOM began a partnership to develop an initiative to access and respond to the need to transform the nursing profession.
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56). Competency is an expected level of knowledge that allows the nurse to perform practice as an expected level. In order to continue to remain competent it requires a lifelong learning process. Continued reassessment of what is to be learned is required to continue to function at this level. “Key message #2” in the IOM report states nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression”("Institute of Medicine of the National Academies(IOM)," 2011, p. 163). Education tracks are changing to make it easier and more convenient to achieve a higher level. There are multiple tracks to a nursing licensure, such as diploma, associates degree, and bachelor’s degree. Once these are accomplished there are many advancing education degrees or graduate degrees that are popping up everywhere. The push for further education is due to the thought that the ever growing population of aging people and the need for more care outside the acute care setting will cause a shortage of properly educated nurses. “The future access to basic primary care and nursing education will depend on increasing the number of baccaleaurate prepared nurses. Continuing and graduate education programs must support the transition to the future that rewards flexibility. In addition, the curriculum at many nursing schools, which places heavy emphasis on preparing students for employment in the acute care setting, will need to be rethought” ("Institute of Medicine of the National Academies(IOM)," 2011, p.

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