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Trends In Nursing

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The demand for nurses, as well as the art of nursing, will always be a major topic when it comes to health care reform, trends, and advancement. Our field is always evolving for the betterment of our patients. Therefore, it is only logical that nurses evolve to keep up with their ever changing environment. Nurses are a vital component to the health care system and work hand in hand with physicians and other healthcare providers. Therefore, having nurses educated at higher levels, working to the fullest extent of their license, and taking on leadership roles are current trends to promote the betterment of the patients as well as make the transition from school to the work field seamless. (IOM, 2011) Upon beginning my nursing program every…show more content…
“The legislation has begun the long process of shifting the focus of the U.S. health care system away from acute and specialty care. The need for this shift in focus has become particularly urgent with respect to chronic conditions; primary care, including care coordination and transitional care; prevention and wellness” (IOM, 2011). As more care is provided through Primary Care, walk-in clinics, and community outreach programs, “Nurses are being called upon to coordinate care among a variety of clinicians and community agencies; to help patients manage chronic illnesses, thereby preventing acute care episodes and disease progression; and to use a variety of technological tools to improve the quality and effectiveness of care. A more educated nursing workforce would be better equipped to meet these demands” (IOM. 2011). The Institute of Medicine, suggest that, “Nurse should practice to the full extent of their education and training.” This couple with the current trend of healthcare moving away from the acute care setting is thought to, “enable the health care system to provide higher-quality care, reduce errors, and increase safety” (IOM, 2011). In order to meet the goals suggest by The Institute of Medicine, as a Physician, I would allow my nurses to work to the full extent of their education and training as well as promote and encourage continued education. I would also employee an APRN, to keep up with “the demand to build the primary workforce” (IOM, 2011). Education and titles aside, I would also promote a healthy work environment, foster my employee’s growth, and value them as human