Implementation of the IOM Future of Nursing Report

Implementation of the IOM Future of Nursing Report

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Implementation of the IOM Future of Nursing Report

The health care system has been reinvented to provide great safekeeping to the citizens of the United States. This care is affordable, seamless and adequate which has shown to improve the lifestyle and health of many. The nursing profession is affected most of all by this because they are the biggest portion of the medical profession. The health care reform was passed in 2010 and this allowed Americans to have more access to health care so they can improve their health status and have safer, healthier lives. The health care system also relies on patient-centered care which includes the growth of the nursing profession and ensuring there still won’t be a shortage of nurses. The big question is how are nurses the key part of this system and how are they going to be able to handle the changes and improve the gap between patient care and access to health insurance?

In 2008, a collaboration was created between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Institute of Medicine to address the need for more nurses. The purpose of creating this committee is to analyze the role that nurse play, how there is a shortage, the issues the nurses face in the workforce and future plans for health care and nursing. They also want to make sure that patients are receiving the care they require ad need, the delivery of nursing care is adequate and safe, and creating each setting so they can accommodate the increase amount of nurses but they can also have ways of improving nursing education and care. (“The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” October 5, 2010)

Nurses are truly important to the health care reform because they are and will continue to be the ones to help the patients understand their disease and how to manage their health care at home. Education is the key to health and if someone doesn’t understand their status then they will stay ill and end up in the hospital more often. The committee wants the nurses to come together with other healthcare professionals to improve and change the health care system and how the environments that these professionals work in such as hospitals, home health care, schools, clinics, facilities that provide care long term and assistance, skilled facilities and community health care centers. Nurses can prevent errors with patent care such as medical and medication errors and creating safety first is the idea. (“The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” October 5, 2010)

Nurses and other professionals may require increased education and ways to prepare for the advancing health care and changes in roles. Due to each state’s rules and regulations and scope of practice for nurses it is difficult at times to make changes across the board. Nurses should be able to practice at their full capacity and not have any limitations since they are ones closest to the patient and providing patient care. (“The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” October 5, 2010)

Policies and planning for the workforce should have better collection of data and better information collection as well. This is done buy all medical professionals. The recommendations by the committee are to increase the practice of registered nurses and make them more advanced since they have the knowledge and education to do this. (“The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” October 5, 2010) Nurses should receive or have more opportunities to be more leaders to improve quality and safe care. Improve the education level of nurses to obtain a baccalaureate degree.

The implementation program in the state of Florida’s projected plans are to provide funding which offers training in leadership for all nurses to prepare them to serve on different committees and on boards as well. This project will focus on sustaining and improving the strength of the Florida Action Coalition. The education that is provided is for a diversity of nurses so they can come together and improve on policies and procedures and safe care. The infrastructure is based on the knowledge of the nurses and building it is the primary goal. (“Florida Action Coalition,” 2016)

Two initiatives of the Florida Action Coalition is to advance the nursing profession so that Floridians can have better access to safe health care and increase the education level of nurses and keep them educated for life.

In conclusion, nurses are great professionals who want to provide the best care possible but are sometimes limited due to the current rules and regulations buy the state and federal government. If all medical professional come together and create a list of changes and then they can go to Washington to get approval to make changes. Nurses should always paly a frontline role in any transformation that has to do with healthcare. (“The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,”)


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