As the healthcare system recognizes that patient education is crucial to recovery and reduces costly readmissions to hospitals, the role of nurses continues to expand. Nurses are now responsible for following up with patients to provide greater resources to those with chronic conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. By working with the patients to monitor their conditions, nurses play a role well beyond the hospital. Care coordination fits well with many nurses’ interest in bedside careand their focus on the whole patient rather than an episodic problem. The increase in nurses seeking higher education is partly due to a report released in 2010 by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) called “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change and Advancing Health.” The report recommended that nurses should practice at the top of license, achieve higher levels of education, and act as full partners with physicians. The same report also set a goal for 80 percent of nurses have baccalaureate degrees by 2020. The leadership and research skills BSN degrees bring improve professional development for nurses. In the fall of 2014, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) published a survey that showed enrollment in RN to BSN nursing programs increased 10.4 percent, marking 12 years of growth. These are exciting times for nurses. As more clinical nurses and nursing leaders participate in designing the future of healthcare, the role of nurses will only increase.
- Track 1-1 Care coordination
- Track 2-2 Universal Healthcare
- Track 3-3 Healthcare reforms