IOM Report Examines Role of Nursing in U.S. Health Care System

A report released last fall by the Institute of Medicine highlights growing opportunities for nurses in the country’s health care system. As the largest segment of the health care workforce, nurses are involved in almost every part of the care and services provided to patients. For nurses with advanced practice degrees, like family nurse practitioners, this growth means even greater future opportunity to serve the public.

The report from the Institute of Medicine, titled “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” was commissioned by the IOM and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to examine the role nurses can play in the changing health care environment, including the increased focus on preventive health.

At the same time the demand for skilled nurses is growing, the Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010, will bring an estimated 31 million additional people into the U.S. health care system that previously did not have health insurance coverage. Advanced practice nurses will be an integral part of care delivery.

Current nurses who are interested in pursuing an advanced practice degree have several opportunities to help finance their degrees. For example, the Health Workforce Information Center highlights opportunities for nurses who want to impact the health and well-being of patients and communities in rural and underserved areas of the United States.

U.S. licensed registered nurses (RN) with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree who are ready to pursue a well-respected Master’s degree in Nursing in the Family Nurse Practitioner or the Nurse Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner programs are invited to learn more about the Nursing@Georgetown program, or call our admissions team at 1-877-910-4692.