Institute of Medicine (IOM) developed

Explain how you see yourself fitting into the following
IOM Future of Nursing recommendations:
1.Recommendation 4: Increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to
80% by 2020.
2.Recommendation 5: Double the number of nurses with a doctorate by 2020.
3.Recommendation 6: Ensure that nurses engage in lifelong learning.
Identify your options in the job market based on your educational level.
1.How will increasing your level of education affect how you compete in the current job
market?
2.How will increasing your level of education affect your role in the future of nursing?

Reflection Paper
Introduction

With the changing health care systems, nursing profession has greatly transformed due to
several recommendations by different medical institutions. Some of the notable institutions
including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) developed a
task-oriented blue-print in 2011 for future nursing practice. The recommendations highlight that
nurses should be permitted to deliver patient care to the full extent of their education, knowledge,
and training. The recommendations further point out that the nurses should attain higher
education levels and training to align to the future nursing practice (The Institute of Medicine,
2010). This paper presents my reflection in fitting into the recommendations of the IOM report
regarding the future of nursing practice that is, to increase the proportion of clinicians that are
holders of baccalaureate degrees to 80 percent by 2020, ensuring that the number of nurses with

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doctorate degree is doubled by 2020 and ascertaining that nurses take part in lifelong learning.
The paper further presents job options based on educational levels and how my level of
education is likely to affect my future nursing practice.
Nursing Recommendations

The recommendations presented by IOM state that the number of nurses that are holders
of a baccalaureate degree should be increased to 80 percent by 2020 (The Institute of medicine,
2010). In regards to this recommendation I am currently studying to acquire baccalaureate
degree. Currently, several learning institutions have advanced their education system to support
academic progression. There are also several opportunities for financial assistance to encourage
nurses to go back and study. Advancing my education will enable me prepare for my future
career and become competent. Having acquired my baccalaureate degree I will have the
opportunity to work alongside qualified health care providers to improve the quality of health
care services. This is a great opportunity for me as a nurse because I will have the confidence in
my practice. Doubling the number of nurses with doctorate degree by 2020 will not only
ensure that healthcare services are accessible but nurses also encourage nurses to take part in
long term learning. The move will also enable nurses to access variety of jobs in the market.
I need to be updated with current health care changes by acquiring additional knowledge,
meaning that continuous education is an essential in process because it will enable me to remain
competent. I agree that nurses need to advance their education as proposed by the IOM report to
be in line with the ever changing process of healthcare services. Expanding my nursing
knowledge will give me more advantages within the nursing profession. Due to the IOM
recommendations most healthcare settings prefer employing clinicians with baccalaureate degree

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to registered nurses. Therefore, I am determined to advance my education so that I can be in a
better position of applying for better jobs opportunities.
Conclusion

Advanced education will affect my future nursing practices because it will ensure that I
remain proficient to deliver quality care that meets the needs of the patients. Since the process of
learning is endless, I need to engage in continuous learning so that I can develop my future
career. I am inspired by the fact that several nurses are taking leadership roles in all clinical
levels including government entities and public-private. My future career as a nurse is to
become a nurse leader in one of the renowned hospital to make a contribution within the
healthcare sector.

References

The Institute of Medicine. (2010). The Future of Nursing Leading Change, Advancing Health.

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