January 27th, 2011
A group of healthcare professionals from Southwest Florida recently gathered to discuss recommended changes to their industry, which could impact individuals who are thinking of pursuing a nursing degree, Naples Daily News reports.
This meeting was one of 90 that took place around the country on November 30, and included a live conference call with federal government leaders. The two dozen Florida-based nursing professionals reviewed recommendations that were proposed by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in the organization’s October report, which is called The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.
The authors of the report suggested the removal of restrictions to a nurse’s scope of practice and an increase in the number of care providers with a bachelor’s degree to 80 percent by 2020.
Karen Rollins, the executive director of Avow Hospice, was in attendance, and believes that increasing the number of professionals who hold nursing degrees to 80 percent would be “daunting.”
The group said that tuition costs, time constraints and the lack of pay incentives could become potential roadblocks to encouraging working professionals to enroll in nursing programs.