Professional Nurse : Not Quite A True Professional

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The Professional Nurse
Not Quite a True Professional
Corin S. Reyes
Schreiner University
The Professional Nurse: Not Quite a True Professional
Nursing as a career has developed over many years from a simple vocation to a dynamic profession. Highly skilled and trained nurses have evolved from being the doctor’s assistant to having the authority to diagnose, treat, and prescribe; a power formerly only held by physicians. With all these major strides in the expansion of the nursing role there has been some tension within the physician community around the discussion about loosening the scope of practice guidelines. The amount of autonomy held by specialty-trained nurses varies state to state, city to city, and even facility to facility. It is my contention that the properly educated nurse (practice doctorate prepared) should have the ability to perform his or her duty autonomously. Advanced practice nurses are capable of safely and effectively practicing medicine without the oversight of a physician.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM), in conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), began an initiative to assess and transform the nursing profession. The report, entitled The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, states the following:
▪ 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…
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