Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Future of Nursing Report: Education

In the IOM report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, the committee made several recommendations related to education, including an increase in the proportion of nurses with baccalaureate and doctoral degrees, an engagement in lifelong learning and more. 
Click here to download a report brief on the Future of Nursing: Focus on Education.
Last week, we learned that there are some new standards at play for master's prepared nurses and that the current educational capacity has room for improvement...
Advance for Nurses has reported "a bold move to transform nursing education at the graduate level."  Nursing schools affiliated with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing recently voted to endorse The Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing, a set of national standards for preparing nurses to have a high impact in the healthcare environment.
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Last week, the National League for Nursing released its annual survey of schools of nursing for 2009-2010.  Their data shows some progress toward meeting the goals outlined in the IOM report related to increasing workforce diversity and higher levels of education and training... but also show areas for improvement.  For example, hispanics are still underrepresented among basic RN students and demand for nursing education continues to exceed the current capacity due to faculty shortages and lack of clinical placements.
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  1. The increase in demand for nursing education also exceeded the available jobs for professionals on this field so I guess Education bodies should review this growing problem among nursing professionals.

  2. In order to work as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, you must:

    • Work well and communicate well, since you are working with the patients, doctors and surgeons, other nurses, and will be discussing the course of treatment with the families.
    • Work well with other nurses, as you have to work an off schedule, and will be required to rotate shifts regularly in this field.
    • Work well under pressure, as you are diagnosing, and since you are going to have to work with patients to find the best method of treating a specific illness or condition that they are dealing with.
    • Have the ability to work with any patient, no matter what their condition is, or what kind of illness you are going to be treating.