Constant changes in the profession of nursing call for nurse leaders who are capable of identifying problems before they emerge and make sound decisions to circumvent potential challenges. To lead healthcare organizations and draft policies that positively impact the profession, nurses must have a broad knowledge of advanced nursing practice, economics and finance, informatics, and healthcare policy.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is designed to develop nurse … Read the rest
In the Institute of Medicine’s, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, published in 2010, the committee emphasized the need for nurses to reduce gaps in care. As primary care providers, nurses not only increase access to health care services but also implement care plans for diverse patients, reduce infection rates, prevent medication errors, and facilitate the transition of patients from hospital to home.
When nurses are permitted to work to the full extent of their training and education, … Read the rest
The expansive changes in health care resulting from an expected surge in the baby boomer population and greater access to health care coverage create new opportunities for nurses. According to the AARP, 10,000 baby boomers reach the age of 65 every day. The trend is expected to continue into the 2030s and will not only place a burden on the Medicare and Social Security programs but also the healthcare system as many of them are plagued by multiple chronic illnesses. … Read the rest
The multiple educational pathways to entry distinguish nursing from other health care professions. Adults with a desire to enter nursing can choose one of three educational routes to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) in preparation for practice: the bachelor’s of science (BSN) is the most favorable for nursing organizations and employers, the associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) is the most common for adults constrained by time and cost, and the less common diploma in nursing offered by teaching … Read the rest
Nurses work with patients during a most vulnerable period in their lives. They share in the joys of birth and offer comfort when patients take their final breath. They celebrate life’s miracles, and as miracle workers themselves, they use their training to nurse patients back to health. Nurses advocate for patients’ needs, use evidence-based practice to improve patient outcomes, and meet the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of patients.
As the health care sector undergoes unprecedented changes, nurses will employ … Read the rest