Professional Development of Nursing Professionals Essay

1048 Words Mar 4th, 2014 5 Pages
Professional Development of Nursing Professionals
In 2010 the United States Government passed into law the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Passage of this act enacted broad sweeping changes across the health care system focusing on expanded coverage, control of health care costs and improvement in the health care delivery system (Kaiser Family Foundation [KFF], 2013). This represents the largest change to the nation’s health care system since 1965 with the creation of Medicare and Medicaid programs (Institute of Medicine of the National Academies [IOM], 2010). As the “largest segment of the health care workforce,” nursing is at the forefront of these historic changes and as such, plays an integral role in the successful implementation of
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To achieve the above goals, the IOM calls upon healthcare employers to offer tuition reimbursement, create a culture that fosters continuing education and provide salary incentives for obtaining a BSN or higher degrees (IOM, 2010).
In addition to calling for a more highly educated nursing workforce, the IOM report calls for a paradigm shift of the traditional nursing role from one of a task mater carrying out orders delegated by physicians to being a full partner with physicians and other health care professionals delivering high-quality care while working collaboratively with leaders from other health professions. In order for this goal to be achieved nurses must become active leaders serving actively on advisory committees, commissions, and boards where policy decisions are made to advance health systems and improve patient care (IOM, 2010, p. 8). Additional skill sets such as knowledge of process improvements, patient safety, ethics, cost management, policy making, care delivery models and translating research into practice are needed to be full partners of the health care delivery team (Garner, 2011, para. 6). As leaders, nurses must also mentor one another to enhance further growth and development of the profession (IOM, 2010, p. 8). “Nurses already act as patient advocates, and now must move forward to advocate for the entire care delivery system by speaking the language of policy and viewing policy as something they can shape and

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