PROFESSIONAL STATUS OF NURSING 1
ProfessionalStatus of Nursing
Evidencenow strongly shows that having a better education makes one a betternurse this is based on the low mortality rate as well as better andquality health care that nurses with higher education provide.Changes have been introduced on the level of care that must beprovided to patients, this is in line with the current healthcarereforms and initiatives that have been linked to a higher level ofacademic preparation (McHugh& Lake, 2010).
Inthis regard, the patient population is increasing and so is thecomplexity in the patient care which has led to the need for anursing workforce that has better skills, abilities and competenciesto handle the ever changing nursing practice (Delaney& Piscopo, 2007). Anurse who has a BSN has been said to be better prepared for thenursing practice based on the evidence that hospitals and clinicalsettings with these nurses have had better outcomes in patients care(Blegenet al, 2013). For instance, BSN prepared nurses have critical thinking andleadership skills which put them in a better position to makepatients decisions this ultimately leads to safety in care delivery.These changes in the nursing environment are obliging the nurses inpractice to advance their education so that they are not left out ofthe job opportunities.
Nursesalso have choices to make in which field to go for instance a nursemay choose to do a PhD or a DNP for your advanced education. This hasincreased the job opportunities which will lead many nurses toadvance their education (Loomiset al, 2007). In achieving these competences nurses will have an increasedself-pride in accomplishment as well as an increased level ofconfidence which makes them experts in the nursing profession. Inthis regard, nurses with higher education have a better perception ofthemselves which in any way reflects in the way they carry out theirroles.
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