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Running head: 2010 IOM’S IMPACT ON NURSING 1 2010 IOM’s Impact on Nursing Norma Joanne Valdez Grand Canyon University: NRS 430V July 23, 2017
2010 IOM’S IMPACT ON NURSING 2010 IOM’s Impact on Nursing “Nurses have the opportunity to play a central role in transforming the health care system to create a more accessible, high-quality, and value-driven environment for patients” (Institute of Medicine [IOM], 2010). Reading the 2010 Institute of Medicine report on the Future of Nursing, I felt a type of moral obligation. It made me realize that my decision to return to school to earn my baccalaureate degree was a good choice. I started to think about the ways I will use what I learn in this program to move forward in my field, to feel empowered to take on leadership roles and possibly one day, help make changes in policy that will have positive outcomes in the field of nursing, nursing education, and nursing leadership, as the IOM report states. Education Currently in healthcare, not only in our nation, but the world, is encountering many new trends and challenges. Nurses need to be trained to face the various needs of today’s patients, serve in leadership roles, and effect policy by working in research positions. To gain such things, it “will require equally profound changes in the education of nurses both before and after they receive their licenses” (IOM, 2010). Well educated nurses are better at critical thinking skills, leadership, case management, and at overall health promotions and can practice in a variety of health care settings (American Association of Colleges of Nursing [AACN], 2015). As today’s

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