Discussion – Week 4 Professional Status of Nursing


Discussion- Week 4 Professional Status of Nursing

Thehealthcare industry has progressed and is continuing to change overthe years. This has led to the transformation of the roles of nursesand more opportunities being created in the health care industry. Theexpanding technologies that tend to prolong life need more highlyskilled individuals (Cookeet al, 2010). The increasing scope of nursing will grow immensely asthe nurses become the forefront providers of health care. Nurses areassuming critical roles in the provision of managed care and will beresponsible for the coordination of care outside the traditionalhealth-care facilities (Ellis &ampHartley,2004). This has led to the changes in the nursing education.

Inbecoming a registered nurse, it is now required that one has to havean associate degree or bachelor’s degree in nursing. Bachelor ofScience in nursing has become a common education requirement in thenursing industry because it allows students to learn about theprovision of care and obtaining of nursing experience in medicalsetting (Barzanskyet al, 1992). For the advanced practice nursing, a registered nursemust have completed a master of science in nursing degree (Rothstein,1987).

Nurseshave been compelled to go back to school because of the emergingworking environment. Because of the advancement in technology,hospitals have now become a place for the very sick individuals(Baer,2001). This is because individuals are now receiving treatments fromtheir homes without the need of visiting hospitals. Baccalaureatedegree in nursing provide both educational and experientialbackground for entry level professional practice and the platform onwhich one can build a career through learning the roles of anadvanced practicing nurse (Peterson’s &ampAmerican Association of Colleges of Nursing,2011). Nurses that undergo such training can fit in different areasof nursing, which makes them to have a great potential. Due to thechanging nursing care, the education of a nurse should transcend thetraditional areas like anatomy and chemistry to aid them in gainingdeeper understanding of disease prevention, health promotion, geneticcounseling, immunization, and screening. These skills can be gainedby completing the baccalaureate degree in nursing.


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