Professional Development In Nursing

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Nursing Professional Development: The Effect on Patient-Centered Care The nursing profession is one of the most meaningful and passionate careers which has grown in the medical field due to the nurses’ holistic care, dedication and responsibility to their patients, and the healthcare demand for a more qualified level of care. The art of nursing, which creates the human relationship between the patient and the nurse, and the science of nursing that implements the knowledgeable nursing practice, both combined achieved patient-centered care. Nursing Education Nurses acquire education to improve their practice, promote health and prevent diseases. The American Nurse Association defines the nursing profession as the protection, promotion, and optimization…show more content…
Many studies have reported that baccalaureate nurses are associated with a reduced patient mortality rate (Kamanyire, & Achora, 2015, p. 324). In other words, nurses’ education level directly influences on patients’ outcomes. Additionally, to the reduction of patients’ mortality rate, there are many other beneficial effects from nurses with a higher education level on patients’ outcomes. “Hospitals with a higher percentage of registered nurses with baccalaureate or higher degrees had lower congestive heart failure mortality, decubitus ulcers, failure to rescue, and postoperative deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism and shorter length of stay” (Blegen, Goode, Park, Vaughn, & Spetz, 2013, p. 89). Consequently, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends increasing the proportion of registered nurses (RNs) with a baccalaureate degree to 80% by 2020 (Institute of Medicine, 2011). Based on the IOM recommendations, many organizations are requiring nurses to have a baccalaureate degree or higher (Blegen, et al., 2013, pp.…show more content…
Provide patient-centered care for individuals, families, and communities: In order to enable nurses to provide patient-centered care for individuals, families, and communities, the BSN program includes the course Population Focused Community Health. This course provided an overview of the community health nurse practice in the health of a particular population or community. Students learned by assessing and analyzing the health status of the community and the community resources of their own community. Also, students developed an educational poster about communicable diseases of concern in many areas of the nation including the disease diagnosis, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, effect on the community, treatment of the disease and the community nurse

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