Essay about The Future of Nursing

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The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health
Victoria G. Tapia
Grand Canyon University: NRS 430V
March 25, 2012

The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health On October 5, 2010, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released its recommendations in Nursing in the United States, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.” For two years a committee named Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) worked to study facts, research literature, learn practices across the United States, and understand the reason change needed to happen to nursing in the complex changing healthcare. RWJF’s belief is that nursing is one of the largest portions of healthcare workforce and in
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The impact of the IOM report on nursing practice particularly in primary care reports that the need for patient-centered care be evaluated. This including more community care rather than acute care, more primary care then specialty care, and enabling all health care professionals to practice to their full educational backgrounds. The IOM reported that nurses were able to develop a stronger relationship with the client, being able to take better care of them during and after their care increasing a better outcome for their health needs. The need for nurses be able to practice in the primary care setting grew with the shortage of medical students and residents not wanting to enter the primary care facilities. The end results of nurses entering the primary care setting will provide higher-quality care, reduce errors, and increase patient safety. The aging population and increased client demand for new services, technologies, and drugs contribute to the increase in health care resulting in the nurse having to take on the role as a leader. As reported in the IOM report, the role of nurse leadership designs, implements, and evaluates client care by coordinating, delegating and supervising the care provided by the health care team, including licensed nurses, technicians, and other health professionals. Nurse leadership will focus on prevention and focusing on populations as a whole rather than individual

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