Nurses : Barriers For The Fullest Extent Of Their Education And Training

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Nurses: Barriers to practicing to the fullest extent of their education and training In this dynamic healthcare climate, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) will play an instrumental role in health outcomes of diverse populations. Currently, there are more than 250,000 APRNs who hold masters and doctoral degrees and who are nationally certified (Brooten, Youngblut, Hannan, & Guido-Sanz, 2012). Due to the demand for healthcare services, the employment of APRNs is expected to increase 31% from 2012 to 2022 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014). Several factors contribute to this increase in demand, including passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the ever-increasing aging baby boomer population, and the renewed interest in health promotion and disease prevention (United States Bureau of Labor, 2014). Passage of the ACA will afford 32 million people health care coupled with aging baby boomers that oftentimes have multiple, complex chronic conditions that require medical care.
In October 2010, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) with assistance from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation set out to assess and transform the nursing profession to meet the needs of the rapidly evolving health care environment. APRNs have demonstrated the ability to provide quality, cost effective care and are becoming more widely recognized by the public as knowledgeable health care providers. Studies have proven time and again that ARPRNs are qualified primary care providers who can perform…

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