The And Quality And Safety Education

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The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) emerged because of a need for improved nursing education and nursing practice. The AACN continually recommends policies that develop nursing education programs. Subsequently, the AACN promotes exceptional patient care. Similarly, IOM assists healthcare facilities in both the government and private sector by providing evidence-based advice for health decisions (Wujcik, 2012). The IOM works to strengthen BSN curricula and to improve communication between health care team members. Correspondingly, QSEN promotes safety and quality in both nursing education and nursing practice. Even though AACN,…show more content…
129-131). While the nursing profession is implementing these competencies in the academic and clinical settings, much progress is needed to increase the degree of safe, competent care delivered to patients. According to the reports author, Dr.Vallire Hooper, the higher the level of education a nurse receives, the greater the ability of the nurse to care for and advocate for patients (Hooper, p.130). In order to provide optimal patient care, the IOM has called for an increase in BSN trained nurses to 80% by 2020 (Hooper, p. 130). While the profession is making progress towards this goal, with the implementation of RN-BSN degree programs, and the incentive of higher pay as a BSN trained nurse, there is still much progress to be made. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) reports only 55% of nurses currently employed hold a BSN degree or higher. In order to reach this goal, nursing educators must encourage nursing students to obtain their BSN degree, and employers must encourage their nursing staff with lower level degrees to go back to school and further their education, in order to provide optimal patient care. As nurses are furthering their education and obtaining higher-level degrees, scope of practice
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