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IOM: Nurses Need More Education, Training

Jeff Elliott for HealthLeaders Media, October 7, 2010

The RWJF Initiative on the Future of Nursing that created the report will host a national conference in late November to discuss ways to implement the report's recommendations.

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2 comments on "IOM: Nurses Need More Education, Training"

bil criteser (10/9/2010 at 2:41 PM)
I don't see where the study compared the different nursing credentials with outcome. However, they say they all need to have BSN's. Nursing has chosen to ignore many of the skills held by staff nurses in favor of those with alphabets after their name. Medical management has chosen in many cases to ignore nurse input in EHR and computerized health management tools. In many cases causing duplicative and time consuming charting. Too often the failures of the health care system are blamed on nursing. This study is a further deflection of those issues. I presume physicians headed this study? I obviously didn't look closer t ofind out if it is noted.

Dianne Meister (10/8/2010 at 12:59 PM)
I'm sorry, more education is good, but nurses right now are so far disconnected from patients in their education that they miss a lot to the detriment of patient care. I have seen things missed over the past couple of years that should have been picked up on, but not everything comes from books. You have to know how to oberve patients and how they will respond or not. Also, some hospital units are set up in ways that it seems like only charge nurses know lab/test results when the nurse caring for the patient hasn't a clue. A nurse caring for a patient should know everything about that patient.