The Importance Of Diversity In Nursing

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In 2010, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report detailing recommended changes for the improvement of the nursing profession within the context of the changing healthcare system (Altman et al., 2015). In 2010 the United States was faced with an aging population with longer lifespans and increased rates of chronic disease (Altman et al., 2015). In 2010 the Affordable Care Act was signed into law which furthered the need for increased access to care for all (Institute of Medicine [IOM], 2010a). These challenges called for innovative approaches to healthcare which promoted the IOM to release the The Future of Nursing report.
Scope of Practice The Affordable Care Act created an environment in which there is a need for effective healthcare delivery which can be remediated through improvement of nursing scope-of-practice (Altman et al., 2015; IOM, 2010a). To reach this goal the IOM recommends interventions that span various agencies (IOM, 2010a). They advise congress to expand Medicare and Medicaid to better reimburse advanced practice registered
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The Future of Nursing recommends providing pathways, bridge programs to decrease the barriers that diverse students face when entering nursing education programs (Altman et al., 2015; IOM, 2010a). Another important aspect of improving the diversity of the nursing workforce is to retain and foster the success of diverse individuals through the use of programs such as mentoring within health care organizations (IOM, 2010a).
To promote diversity, I should encourage those from diverse backgrounds to either enter or further their nursing education. Also if possible, financial support of the programs listed above that support diverse nurses will further the longevity and sustainability of such programs.
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