Considering becoming a nurse practitioner? Here’s what you should know about the future of nursing
In 2010, the Institute of Medicine released a report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. One of the key findings in this report is that there should be a seamless transition to higher education degree programs. This is exactly what the post-baccalaureate track of Alvernia’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program offers nurses. The other key messages from this report include:
1. Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training.
2. Nurses should be full partners, with physicians and other health professionals, in redesigning health care in the United States.
3. Effective workforce planning and policy making require better data collection and an improved information infrastructure.
The infographic below highlights the key points from this report. One statistic worth mentioning: “Between 1995 and 2009, the number of nurse practitioners per primary care MD more than doubled.” Knowing the important role a nurse practitioner plays in delivering quality health care, it comes as no surprise that a nurse practitioner was named the second best job for 2015 by U.S. News & World Report.