Change in Nursing Essay

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Running head: THE CHANGE IN NURSING The Change in Nursing: What the Future Holds Kerry Dempsey Grand Canyon University: 430V September 16, 2012 The Change in Nursing What the Future Holds The Institute of Medicine(IOM) along with the committee on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative have recognized an opportunity for change in the field of nursing. Along with the other healthcare reform laws like the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the need for change is on the horizon. The IOM and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation created a report that focuses on nurses, along with the additional members of the healthcare team to transform healthcare. Nurses are the largest sector of the healthcare system. The potential for nurses to improve healthcare is significant due to amount of nurses that are in our workforce. A major crisis facing healthcare in America is the gentrification of America. Today's healthcare demographics are: 80% of healthcare services are being used by a disproportionate 20% of the population primarily those over age 65. This increase in services is complicated by a shortage of providers, primarily primary care physicians, more complex diagnosis and shortages of nurses and nursing educators. Over the next 10 years, one third of current physicians will retire, and the physician deficit will increase from just over 7,000 to almost 100,000, with shortages in all specialties and not just primary care providers (Chen, 2010). The IOM report has developed four main messages with recommendations for an action-oriented blueprint for the future of nursing. (IOM, 2010) "These key messages are: 1)Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training. 2)Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression 3)Nurses
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