DNP graduates will be prepared for a variety of nursing practice roles because the DNP Essentials addressed the foundational competencies that are core to all advanced nursing practice roles. For example, by integrating research into practice with the use of Essential VII: Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving the Nation’s Health. The implementation of clinical prevention and population health activities is central to achieving the national goal of improving the health status of the population of the United States. Consistent with these national calls for action and with the longstanding focus on health promotion and disease prevention in nursing curricula and roles, the DNP graduate has a foundation in
The bedside nurse is a respected member of the interdisciplinary team. Together with the care team, the ability of building a comprehensive care plan is undeniable. The nurse functions as a liaison between families and physicians, as a teacher for families who are required to care for their child at home, and as a social worker, the nurse, by always being present at the bedside, develops and gains the trust of the patients and their families that may otherwise be lacking with other medical professionals. Therefore bridging the gap overall to allow for effective communication and planning. As part of a nursing leadership team, we have been required to elevate our roles to accommodate the needs of the patients and help with admission and discharge planning.
Professional Development of Nursing Professionals With the ever changing healthcare system and the current efforts to revamp healthcare reform, it should come to no surprise that nurses are on the forefront of conversations regarding measures needed to help guide and maintain the changes to come. Attention has been drawn to the fact that the present nursing profession needs to be re-assessed and transformed to cope with the developments of the broadest healthcare overhaul since 1965 (Institute of Medicine [IOM], 2012, para. 1). “The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) launched a two-year initiative to respond to the need to assess and transform the nursing profession” (IOM, 2012, para. 2).
The author of this paper, an emergency department nurse, will compare and contrast how she would expect nursing leaders and management to approach these issues in her department. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) defined quality improvement (QI) as a “systematic and continuous action that lead to measurable improvement in health care services and the health status of targeted patient groups” (HRSA, 2011). An important role for senior leaders of a management team implementing a new quality improvement program is to create energy, positivity, and consistency with their team to ensure follow through with intended goals throughout their department or facility. Patient satisfaction scores offer insight into a department’s quality of care that is given to their patients. A management team utilizes both positive and negative comments given by their patients.
The definition of Evidence Based Practice (EBP) is “professional understanding and action that is based on the thoughtful use of knowledge and information from available, reliable, and dependent sources” (Brown, 2002). The definition also includes the balance of clinical experience, proven evidence from scientific studies with patient input. This input from patients will incorporate their culture, values and other preferences.. Evidence Based Practice is a fluent process that requires nurses to be current and correct on information as it pertains to their daily practice. The intent of EBP is to improve the quality of the care that is delivered to the client.
Since the medical profession is constantly changing nurses need to receive continuing education and training. The overall objective for nurse practitioners is to concentrate on the safety, care, and continued training and education for future nursing graduates. First of all, there was the indication that nursing education needs to be customized to the latest developments in the field. This implies that trainees will have the most updated information. Furthermore, the education should not be an intermittent process.
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).
The report put out by the IOM not only discusses the impact that nurses can have in the future of healthcare but also encourages higher education so as to be better equipped to meet the growing demands and challenges of healthcare that affect the American population. With an increasing number of an aging population, chronic illnesses, increased health disparities and increasing diversity, nurses have an opportunity to be used to their fullest potential, as delineated by their scope of practice. What impact does
Vision for the future of nursing NUR 391 August1st, 2011 Dr. Wanda Dooley Vision for the future of nursing Introduction: This Power Point Presentation will show how evidence-based practice will influence trends in healthcare and the future of nursing. There will also be information describing how the application of nursing theory will continue to influence professional nursing practice, as well as the nurse’s current role is in research, and how new roles and opportunities will benefit nursing and healthcare in general. Trends: How evidence-based practice will influence trends in healthcare and the future of nursing. According to Fawcett and Garity (2009) “Evidence for nursing practice comes from research and other sources. Evidence-based practice requires an understanding of how research findings and other evidence inform and guide practice,” (p. 3) that is seen in professional nursing and patient care.
Historical Development The future of nursing: campaign for action is “rooted in the recommendations of the landmark Institute of Medicine report, the Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health”. (Campaign for Action, n.d.). The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health addressed 4 key changes needed in the health care system such as: • “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 health care in the United States. • Effective workforce planning and policy-making require better data collection and an improved information infrastructure.” (Campaign for Action, n.d.).