This research resulted in the healthcare industry taking great strides to increase the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses. This paper will discuss some strategies put in place by healthcare facilities, educational institutions, and government legislation to help encourage diploma and associate degree nurses obtain their Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN). Continuing education is vital to the development and maintenance of strong nurses. Baccalaureate education for practicing nurses is the way to retain the best and brightest nurses (McGrath, 2008). Healthcare facilities throughout the country have realized the need for higher educated nurses and have placed both strategic barriers and incentives in place to obtain the most educated nurses.
With this knowledge I plan to work toward a more cost effective and delivery system with healthcare provided to the patient population. In building a stronger healthcare system it will not only be profitable, but will also provide better care to all the patient population. As a registered nurse (RN), I have learned that I need to stay flexible and be able to adjust and adapt to the constant change that comes along in my profession. Also as an RN, I look at the healthcare profession as a revolving door, which constantly spins out new concepts, methods, and approaches. I think this will help prepare me for a management position in my field because it is imperative for a manager in this profession to have the ability to adapt, adjust and welcome new ideas and concepts directed to him or her.
Because the values and responsibilities of nurses is shaped by history the report was based on this idea, and was developed as a historical evidence grounded modern data. History shows evidence of what nurses can achieve, like how nurses were the founders of community health practices. History also helps in arguing about major policy issues. For example if nurses are allowed to participate as leaders and valued clinicians only will better, quality and easy health access can be achieved. Nursing historians are important to give advice on policy matters, so that all the interested parties can achieve the same goal and better patient care.
INTRODUCTION to the Nurse Manager Inventory Tool The critical influence of nurse managers in shaping healthy work environments is undeniable. Of every leadership role in health care today, a nurse manager has the most direct impact on the care and services that patients and families require throughout their health care experience. Theirs is a far-reaching role with particular impact on achieving a professional culture that successfully recruits and retains expert nurses. In today’s dynamic and complex health care environments, safe and effective care will only be assured when health care leaders can make their optimal contribution to the effort. Nurse managers must not only fulfill their daily responsibilities, they must lead the change demanded that will secure a bright future for American health care.
Being the #1 most trusted profession in the country allows nurses to truly take charge and make a difference in the policy arena. (N.A., Policy & Advocacy, 2013). The value of these benefits is what we make of them. It means that we are a part of the greater whole in the nursing profession. It means that we are an active and caring member involved in a deeper level with career and actively involved in helping others in the nursing profession.
Therefore, nurses should be up to date with knowledge, skills and attitude by introducing significant evidence into their practice (ONMC 2011). Nowadays, health organization systems are guided by a philosophy statement which contains beliefs, thoughts and values (Huber 2006, p.224). The philosophy of an organization plays an important role for nursing practice as it directs the nurses towards a shared goal (Huber 2006, p.224). For instance, if the mission contains a statement about patient quality care, therefore, all employees will be involved to achieve the mission. Through consistent philosophy, all health care providers will strike to deliver high quality care.
The nurse should reflect a high degree of professionalism to patients, the public, and other professionals. Teamwork is a major characteristic of professional nursing. Many times nurses will need assistance helping their patients, and people will be more apt to lend a helping hand if you yourself go out of your way to help others. This not only helps your coworkers but in the long run provides faster more efficient care for the patients. Teamwork may be one of the most important professional characteristics in healthcare.
The Institute of Medicine: The Future of Nursing Report discusses so many positive key messages to improve nursing care; but three seem to have the greatest impact in my mind, in regards to the future of nursing, the transformation of the: nursing practice, nursing education and nurse’s role. Nursing Practice According to the IOM’s report, nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training; however due to state regulations and licensing, scope-of-practice is faced with many limitations. Gennaro (2012) states, “A number of different initiatives are underway to en-sure that nurses are able to practice to their full ability... The goal of these endeavors is to ensure that advanced practice nurses are able to practice to the full scope of their education.” I constantly ask myself, is the juice worth the squeeze? Meaning is the end result worth the hardship I’m about to
Professionalism in Nursing There are many professions and disciplines in which professionalism is of the utmost importance, and nursing is among them. Within the field of nursing, there is much value to be placed with the enhancement of professionalism within the profession. Nursing is a profession that relies on practitioners to act in a way that represents the virtuousness of the broader discipline, as all nurses are in a position of responsibility. The following essay will further examine the topic of professionalism in nursing, and from this it will be clear that professionalism among nurses is of the utmost importance, and nursing educators need to emphasize this fact early on, so that nurses can establish professional tendencies that will follow them throughout their career. More than any other profession, nursing has long been concerned with establishing professional values and behaviors’ within their discipline.
We all know that nursing is a field that is concerned with helping people, yet I believe that in becoming a nurse, a person needs more than that desire to succeed. It is essential for a nurse to be open, strong, determined, thoughtful and caring. These qualities would reflect on the nurse and would make caring for the patient easier. I believe that I belong to this field because I always wanted to make a positive influence in people’s lives. I always felt the need to care for someone since I know that I have the power and the choice to do so.