Grand Canyon University
There are new opportunities and programs for nurses as a result of the Affordable Care Act of 2010, which aims to increase quality, access and value of care. For this to come to fruition, the nursing scope of practice will be utilized to the fullest capacity, nursing education will include expanded skills and leadership roles will be increased from clinical setting to board rooms. With every decade, nursing has become an increasingly integral part of health care services, so that a future without large number of nurses is impossible to envision. (Institute of Medicine [IOM], 2010, p. 87).
Transforming Nursing Practice Nursing practice will have to change
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Transforming Nursing Education In addition to the various transformations will be a reformed nursing education. As nurses roles expand, the need for higher quality education is apparent. With this is also the demand for improved nursing schools. The NCLEX-RN may need to change to a more multi-dimensional focus such as community health and other systems beyond the acute care practice. According to the AACN (as cited in IOM, 2010, pp. 171-172), the Tri-Council for Nursing, which is consists of American Nurses Association, American Organization of Nurse Executives, National League for Nursing (NLN), and AACN, recently released a consensus policy statement calling for a more highly educated workforce, citing the need to increase the number of BSN-prepared students to deliver safer and more effective care. The committees goal is to increase to 80% BSNs by 2020 (IOM, 2010, p. 173). The licensed ADN has the option of online courses that offer flexibility along with the advanced education to proceed with the BSN. The prospective nursing student still has the option of a 4-year BSN program either in a university or some time in the near future, community college. Some even allow the nursing student to sit for the NCLEX-RN after completing the sophomore year, allowing for continued education for the BSN. The traditional nurses education must now be modified and applied to the new health environments.