Discussion #1 The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

Discussion #1 The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials & Institute of Medicine Report (IOM)
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BSN Roles of the Nurse Generalist Nurse Role Functions Baccalaureate Degree Nurse Baccalaureate Degree Nurse (BSN): The baccalaureate degree nurse provides theoretically-derived nursing care. The nurse uses research-based knowledge to plan, coordinate, implement and evaluate nursing care. The nurse functions as an educator by designing, coordinating, implementing and evaluating comprehensive teaching plans for identified populations. The nurse uses critical thinking to address complex health issues. As a manager of care, the baccalaureate degree nurse functions as a client advocate, recognizing and addressing social and legislative issues related to client health care. The nurse promotes optimal use of human and multi-technological health care resources by coordinating client care planning and using multiple technological resources in the delivery of client care within a variety of settings. As a member within the profession, baccalaureate degree nurses commit to life-long learning and mentorship, which facilitates professional development and establishes networks. The nurse collaborates with other health care providers and evaluates published research for application in practice (The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice [American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), 2008).

After reviewing the AACN document, give 2 essentials that you have applied to your clinical practice thus far.
Each of the essentials covers specific areas that are expected for the Baccalaureate level nurse, which essentials would you like to learn about in this program?
In your clinical practice are the recommendations from the IOM report creating significant change in patient care?
Do you see challenges to this IOM blueprint for the “future of nursing?”



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As a nurse, one of the most significant roles related to baccalaureate degree nursing that I have achieved so far is working as a nurse educator. I have worked with vulnerable populations in rural areas and educated them on the essentials of maintaining self-care and managing their health and those of others.

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