The Future of Nursing
February 10, 2013
The Future of Nursing
For total patient-centered care to be successful, all multidisciplinary teams must be in collaboration with each other and the patient on a day-to-day basis. Nurses are the patient advocate to organize and oversee that all care is appropriate. The registered nurse collaborates with the physician, other nurses, other nursing staff, internal disciplines, patient, families, and support systems outside the hospital care to assure a return to health is maintained. To keep up with the fast changing medical practice, nurses have to originate new policies, review and revise policies to meet the challenges of health care today. ...view middle of the document...
Opportunities for financial assistance through grants, scholarships, and tuition reimbursements from employers makes continuing education for advanced degrees more attractive to current practicing nurses. College advisors should be more apt to encourage nursing students to obtain a BSN rather than an ADN for entry level into nursing practice. If more students were entering the nursing field with the higher level BSN degree, they may be more apt to achieve a master or doctorate degree as a professional goal.
Transforming Nursing Practice
Nursing practice is a momentously changing part of the health care system with many different levels of care. Despite the changes of nursing practice, patient centered care must remain the focus of our day-to-day practice. “Nurses have the opportunity to play a central role in transforming the health care system to create a more accessible, high-quality, and value-driven environment for patients” (IOM, 2010). Continuing Education plays a huge role in transforming practice. It is essential for all nurses to remain updated on changes in the scope of practice in order to successfully and safely attain the challenges of modern healthcare. “We must be committed to applying our interment knowledge of healthcare to the nation’s problems, and to playing an active part in a new approach that will secure it’s future” (Roberts, 2011).
Transforming the Leadership role
Characteristics of a great nursing leader include compassion, efficiency, knowledge, confidence, ability to foster inter-professional collaboration, experience in nursing care, and ability to focus on the specific needs of the patient. “All nurses from students, to bedside and community nurses, to CNOs and members of...