The Health Care Sector During The Last Decade

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The health care sector in the last decade has experienced tremendous changes in its settings and service delivery system. Some of these changes include implementation of electronic health records and complies with Affordable Care Act requirements (American Nurses Association, 2015). These rapid changes in the health care system coupled with an increase in population and shortage of nurses, calls for the redesigning of professional ethics, regulations and mind set of health care practitioners to conform to these changes and meet the needs of patients adequately. As such, there is an urgent need to position health practitioners with right information and tools to overcome barriers and challenges posed by the new environment in the health sector. Notably, it is the right time for nurses take lead and offer professionalism in care delivery to meet the demands of clients and advance the health care sector in general. On the other hand, a large portion of health care workforce is made up of nurses who are primary care givers and front runners when it comes to giving care to patients. Thus, nurses play a critical role in ensuring the goals and objectives of changes to health care are met effectively. Therefore, “The future of Nursing: Leading change, Advancing Health report” by Institute of Medicine (IOM) provides a framework on how nurses can improve and transform the health care sytem in the United States by offering safe, high quality and customized services which are patient
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