Transforming the Nursing Profession

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Transforming the Nursing Profession
The Intitule of Medicine (IOM) with partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), in 2008, began assessing and calling out for the much needed transformation of the nursing profession, creating a 2-year Initiative on the Future of Nursing. The IOM report discusses research regarding our evolving healthcare makeup in the United States and the future changes and the effects of The Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA). The IOM has four main ideas that lists recommendations in; “Transforming the Nursing Profession”; nurses practicing to their full education and training, nurses should have an education system that promotes higher education with ease, nurses should be redesigning health care equally alongside physicians and other health care professionals, and lastly, improve collection of data as it pertains to policy making and workforce. This paper will discuss the IOM’s impact on nursing education, primary care practice, and nurse leadership roles.
Nursing education with its multiple routes for entry level licensure make it one of the most distinctive in the United States today. From colleges to hospitals, nursing education needs to change to fit how health care is delivered today in the 21st century, meeting the needs of patients with increased complexity. The Future in Nursing report discusses available research on improved patient outcomes when comparing a BSN prepared nurse to an AND prepared nurse. This enforces the IOM”s message of “lifelong learning”. Nurses should always be striving for higher level of education. One of the goals of the committee is to have 80% of nurses to be bachelorette degree prepared by 2020. This would ensure a nursing workforce that is better-rounded for today’s health care needs. The IOM report discusses the importance of ADN nurses to pursue advanced education by online or

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