Impact of Iom Report Essay

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Impact of Institute of Medicine Report on Nursing
Edith Ludlum
Grand Canyon University: Professional Dynamics
November 15, 2014

The 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) rolled out and became the largest healthcare transformation the United States had since the development of the Medicare and Medicaid programs in 1965. Under this system all Americans would have access to health care. Because of this legislation there are now more than 32 million more people that have access to health care. In our ever evolving healthcare, Nurses, who are the largest group in our nation’s healthcare workforce, are going to play a big role in meeting the demands of the healthcare system (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2011). This paper will
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While the debate over minimal education needed by nurses has been ongoing for several years, the IOM report calls for the entry level RN to have baccalaureate (BSN) degree. Listed are some of the reasons offered by the IOM for this change: * Nursing practice has expanded. Nurses need to have knowledge of Evidence-based practice, research, leadership skills, health policy, geriatrics, and public health. * Nursing Care given in hospitals is more complex. There is more sophisticated, life-saving technology that nurses need to know and understand. Patients are sicker and frailer. The nurse must be able to make critical decisions. * Nurses will be called upon more to act as primary care providers. They will be key to help patients manage chronic illnesses * Patients are now cared for by multi-disciplinary care teams. These teams are made up of professionals that hold a master’s or doctoral degrees. These teams consist of social workers, physicians, physical therapist and pharmacists (IOM, 2011)
Many recommendations were made by the IOM for transforming nursing education. Increasing the percentage of nurses that hold a BSN degree to 80 percent by 2020, expand loans and grants for nursing to nursing students at all levels, encourage nurses without a BSN degree to enter into a baccalaureate nursing program, to ensure that nurses are able to provide culturally relevant care there needs to be an increase in

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