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Running head: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF NURSING PROFESSIONALS Professional Development of Nursing Professionals Grand Canyon University: NRS 430V-0502 May 21 st , 2020 1
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF NURSING PROFESSIONALS Professional Development of Nursing Professionals Nurses are on the front lines to do direct care on patient and ensure that care is delivered safe and effectively. They use their nursing process to assess, diagnose, planning, implement, and evaluation in those settings. Nurses are improving the care they deliver by responding to health care challenges. If their full potential is to be recognized, the nursing profession itself will have to have a transformation in the areas of practice, education, and leadership. The report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee has made an extraordinarily impact to nursing profession’s transformation. The Four Messages In 2010, the Institute of Medicine published a report titled The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health outlining four recommended changes to improve “nursing practice, education, and leadership to improve health and care in the future.” Each of these four messages, and their detailed recommendations, have had a significant and positive impact on nursing practice. First, the report puts forth nurses’ application of their training and education should not be limited by barriers, such as local regulations and policies. Limiting nurses’ ability to fully utilize their training and education results in unnecessary shortages in access to care for patients. Second, the educational system for nurses should be improved to allow nurses to advance their education easily. It is vital that nurses advance their education in order to improve their competence, which directly correlates with patient outcomes. In addition, IOM also recommend increasing the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to eighty percent by the year of two thousand twenty twenty. Third, nurses should become leaders in the healthcare field and be fully involved in any healthcare reforms. Nurses are often the front-line members in the healthcare system. Without being fully involved in discussions of creation and reformation of 2
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF NURSING PROFESSIONALS policies in collaboration with leaders from other health professions, the system may move in a direction contrary to improving patient care.

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