Today, nurses are being called to take a leading role in revamping the current U.S. healthcare system to improve access to healthcare and the quality of services delivered, and to create a culture of health, per the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. According to the Institute of Medicine Report The Future of Nursing Leading Change, Advancing Health, nurses need to achieve higher levels of education and training so they can partner with physicians and other health professionals in redesigning our healthcare delivery system.
The first step associate’s degree nurses can take to initiate change in the healthcare system is to continue their education by enrolling in an RN-to-BS in Nursing program, such as the one available at the CUNY School of Professional Studies. Additional knowledge gained at the bachelor’s degree level empowers nurses to assume leadership roles. Students in RN-to-BS in Nursing programs engage in exciting, collaborative work with leaders in practice and community organizations to design and implement projects that reinvigorate healthcare at the point of patient care. These projects improve access to healthcare services, patient safety, advanced care planning and shared decision making, and chronic disease management. They also address the healthcare and safety needs of senior citizens in their homes and communities.
• Here are some examples of the projects that nursing students in the CUNY SPS RN-to-BS in Nursing program have completed.
• Working with dialysis centers and Apple to develop an interactive educational iBook for dialysis patients that includes information on community resources and shared decision-making
• Integrating medical services within mental health assertive community treatment programs
• Collaborating with patient-centered advanced care planning in dialysis
• Reducing and managing pediatric obesity by developing patient and community educational programs on choosing healthy foods and exercise programs
• Creating safe living environments to reduce falls for senior citizens in their homes through community educational programs and in-home assessments
As an associate’s degree nurse, challenge yourself to continue your education and lead projects that will transform healthcare and create a culture of health in the U.S. and around the world. •
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