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Report: Nursing will have to change to keep up with health reform

A  new report says that as health reform changes the way medicine is practiced in the U.S., what nurses do — and how they are trained to do it — must change in order to keep up.

That’s according to a newly released report by the Institute of Medicine.

Nurses, as the largest segment of workers in the health care field — and the group that spends the most time actively involved in patient care — will bear a lot of the impact of the changes that develop because of (and in the wake of) health reform legislation.

To meet the changing needs of the health care system, the report recommended that nurses should:

  • be given opportunities to gain more leadership skills, and practice to the full extent of their education and training.
  • attain higher levels of education and training, and have access to improved educational programs that help their seamless academic progression, and
  • be full partners, with physicians and other health care professionals, in health care.

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