Nursing Leading Change

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The health care system of United States has been an issue of concern for every administration that came to office. To tackle this problem, in the year 2008 a committee was formed. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) sponsored this committee, with the cooperation of the Institute of Medicine (IOM). In their report on The Future of Nursing Leading Change, Advancing Health, is an in depth analysis of the nursing workforce. They are,
“1. Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training.
2. Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.
3. Nurses should be full partners, with physicians and other health professionals, in redesigning
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When the nurses are educated as stated above, they will be able to function at the capacity of practitioners, researchers and educators. It has been observed that there are many impediments to nursing practice, for example State regulations, fragmented system of health care, aging work force, transition from school to practice, high rate of turn over, out dated policies and cultural barriers. According to IOM 2010 report, “key message # 1: Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training”. The report stated that the patients, in all settings, deserve care that is centered on their unique needs and not what is most convenient for the health professionals involved in their care. Nurses are not practicing to the full extent of their education and training, because of some regulations in some states which are politically motivated or out dated in the present age. To help solve this problem, some employers are encouraging their employees to get back to school, by absorbing the cost of their classes. The report suggests need to a greater focus on managing transition from nursing school to practice. It also recommended residency programs to alleviate this. According to the report, there is high rate turn over of nurses. This indicates that heath industry loses key talents before they are fully developed. Cultural barriers and policies which are established by the industry need to lifted most notably for advanced practice registered