With New Year’s Day less than three weeks away, this can be a season of reflection on the past as well as anticipation for the future.
For the nursing profession the future appears to be full of opportunities.
Jeff Susman, M.D., editor-in-chief of The Journal of Family Practice, publishes an editorial in the December 2010 edition urging fellow family physicians to embrace a changing role for Advanced Practice Nurses in primary care.
The full article is available on The Journal of Family Practice website.
Support Your Local Hospital: National Summit on Advancing Health Care Through Nursing – A Call to Action!
On November 30, Mary Pat Olson and I had the opportunity to attend the National Summit on Advancing Health Care Through Nursing. Over 500 people were in attendance, with thousands more attending via webinar.
A survey of 100 primary care and specialist physician members of the online community Sermo.com that collected physician opinions about a range of issues related to nursing found that physicians think that physicians and patients should value availability of specialists and location/proximity highly when selecting a hospital in which to deliver and receive care.
Nurses should be at the forefront of health care reform, according to a recent national report.
On October 5, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a new report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, an unequivocal call to action for all who care about improving health care in this country.
Given the serious shortage of primary care physicians in the U.S. (which most likely will get worse as the Accountable Care Act is fully implemented), I read with great interest the executive summary of The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, an examination of the nursing workforce.