Building an Improved Infrastructure for Collection & Analysis of Nursing Workforce

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Building an Improved Infrastructure for Collection & Analysis of Nursing Workforce
Healthcare Reform
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed in 2010 with the goal of expanding healthcare coverage to all Americans by reforming insurance policies and practices (Tillett, 2011). The ACA upsurges the demand for an increase in primary care providers in order to supply quality care to the much larger population that will have coverage and therefore acquiring healthcare. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) through its report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health has generated a solution to the shortage of primary care providers by promoting a transformation of the nursing profession to fill the gap.
The IOM report had four key messages needed for advancing the future of nursing. “Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training; achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression; be full partners, with physicians and other health care professionals, …and; effective workforce planning and policy making require better data collection and an improved information infrastructure” (Institute of Medicine, 2011). The report also included eight recommendations needed to facilitate the necessary changes to in the nursing profession so meet to demands of the healthcare reform.
The purpose of this paper is to explore recommendation # 8: Building an improved infrastructure for collection and analysis of interprofessional workforce data. This recommendation falls under IOM’s key message # 4 which indicates the necessity of better data collection and improved information infrastructure for effective workplace planning and policy ma...

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