2010 IOM Impact On Nursing

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Impact on Nursing by the 2010 IOM's Report In 2010 the placement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was initiated by the President of the United and the Congress. The purpose behind implemented the ACA as part of the Health Care Act was an opportunity for the United States to modify the health care system by providing affordable, higher quality and easily accessible health care system. In 2008 the Robert Wood Foundation (RWJF), together with the Institute of Medicine (IOM), took an initiative to transform future of the nursing profession (IOM, 2010). They were tasked with an objective to release a report containing a blue print with action oriented recommendations for the future of nursing. The three key messages that would impact the future…show more content…
This makes it necessary for the nurses to advance in their education. Nurses are also expected to use variety of technological instruments which require knowledge in order to improve the quality of care providing. For the nurses to properly cope with the fast changing world of medicine, the IOM and RWJF report recommended that to increase the proportion of nurses with baccalaureate degree to 80% by 2020 (IOM & RWJF, 2010, p. 7-11). Among the 1.4 million RNs all across the United States only 12.1% of them have acquired a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) and only 5.2% have acquired a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or doctorate level education (American Association of College of Nursing [AACN], 2010, p. 1). All of these changes have generated a necessity for the nurses to acquire advanced education, not only n nursing but also in the new policies that have been applied to the field of medicine through the ACA. “Nursing education programs must address the shifting demographics and diversity of our society; advances in science, technology, and care practices (e.g., genomics, palliative care, alternative therapies, collaborative practice, population-based practice); globalization; health policy impacts; educated consumers; workforce shortages and lifelong learning needs; as well as advances in nursing science and…show more content…
Nurses have to attain education to go to Bachelorette degrees in nursing. In order to accomplish this task, the medical institutions could get grant from the Federal and State governments which they can use to provide its RNs with money to pay towards their continuous education. Also grants have to be available for low income nurses if they want to do the BSN. For doctorate in nursing, the goal has been set for 2020 to double the existing number of nurses with a doctorate degree. This will require the stakeholders to address all the barriers that a nurse has to face during their daily work schedule (American Association of College of Nursing [AACN], 2010, p. 2). Education and leadership goes hand in hand. Acquiring higher education will allow nurses to be greatly involved in the decision making process and be able to participate in the creation of laws and regulations for

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