The Future Of Nursing : Leading Change, Advancing Health Essay

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The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, is a report by the Committee on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The National Academies Press, Washington DC: 2011. 671 pages. The report was reviewed by 16 individuals with varying backgrounds and perspectives. The reviewers were overseen by Kristine Gebbie and Mark Cullen associated with School of Nursing, Hunter College City University of New York and Stanford University respectively.
The United States spends about 17% of the gross domestic product (GPD), the equivalent of $ 2.6 trillion dollars on healthcare. Surprisingly, 50% of these costs are utilized by 5% of the total population, and are covered by government funding through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation [KFF], 2012). It is imperative that the healthcare system undergo a transformation toward high-quality, cost effective care. The transformation is underway as evidenced by the enacting of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, and the utilization of the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Survey and the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program to determine reimbursement. The ACA, aims to deliver high-quality, affordable healthcare by empowering consumers to take charge of their health care (United States Department of Health and Human Services, 2014). The HCAHPS Survey was developed by the…

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