Advancing Nursing Practice and Education
All health care professionals should practice to the full extent of their education and training. Rhode Island has a rising need for primary care providers, increasing health care costs, and an aging and sicker population. As the largest proportion of health care providers, the state's 18,000 + practicing nurses are poised to address these demands.
In this envisioned future, primary care and prevention are central drivers of the health care system. Interprofessional collaboration and coordination are the norm. Payment for health care services rewards value - not volume - of services, and quality care is provided at a price that is affordable for both individuals and society.
To fully realize nurses’ potential contribution to a patient-centered, seamless, transformed health care system, the campaign is leading efforts to modernize outdated policies (public and private), change state and federal laws and regulations, and remove cultural and organizational barriers.
Supporting nurses to seek higher levels of education and lifelong learning requires an improved education system. Producing more faculty and researchers and using residency programs for new graduates are specific areas to address. The report calls for increasing the number of nurses with a BSN to 80 percent and double the number with a doctorate by 2020.
Major changes in Rhode Island’s health care system require equally profound changes in the education of nurses. We must improve the nursing education system to ensure that all nurses are prepared to deliver safe, high-quality, patient-centered care in all settings.