The Impact of the Institute of Medicine Report on Nurses
With over forty years in existence, The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has been providing the federal government and interested groups with invaluable information in health matter.
In October 2010, the IOM issued four crucial recommendations touching on nursing as a profession mainly on their education, partnership with related stakeholders, and their overall role in workforce planning (American Nurses Association, 2013). This essay delves on the impact of the recommendations in IOM report on the nursing world as a whole.
Impact of the IOM report on nursing education
From the educational recommendation of the IOM report requiring nurses to be persistent in advancing their higher education, it is apparent that this will have far-reaching effects on the nurses’ level of education and academic competence. First, the recommendation therein necessitate the focus on the academic qualifications of the American nurses, a factor that will boost the return to school of many nurses who had otherwise resolved to limit their education to their current levels then. By virtue of the IOM recommendations, most educational institutions more so the universities will in the near future, experience an influx of nursing students especially those coming to pursue further studies. This in turn will mean that the nursing profession will in future be a field of qualified professionals with impeccable leadership and management skills. Besides progressing the junior nurses’ qualifications, the implementation of the IOM report will keep those nurses with more advanced academic qualification on their toes as the race for academic qualifications will go a notch higher. ...