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December 2010, Volume 40 Number 12 , p 21 - 23



In a study termed "visionary" by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, researchers recommend removing regulatory barriers to nursing practice so nurses can practice to the full extent of their education and training. The 2-year study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Institute of Medicine also proposes raising the educational level of the nursing workforce and making nursing "full partners" with physicians and other healthcare professionals in redesigning healthcare in the United States. Recommended steps to achieve these goals include: * increasing the percentage of nurses with baccalaureate degrees from 50% to 80% by 2020. * doubling the number of nurses with a doctorate by 2020. * removing scope of practice barriers that inhibit advanced practice nurses from serving as primary caregivers. * enhancing retention of new nurses by establishing transition-into-practice residency programs. * increasing the emphasis on interdisciplinary education. * ensuring that nurses engage in lifelong learning to develop and maintain competencies needed to give care to diverse populations.To see the full report, called the Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, go to .Working conditions reported by nurses practicing in American Nurses Credentialing Center-designated Magnet(R) hospitals varied little from non-Magnet facilities, a new study reports. Researchers analyzed responses from 837 nurses working in 14 Magnet hospitals and 157 non-Magnet hospitals. Nurses in Magnet facilities reported working less mandatory overtime and on-call time, but the hours they worked per day and per week were similar to hours worked by nurses in non-Magnet facilities. Nurses in Magnet hospitals also reported lower physical demands, but the mean values for the two groups were "quite similar." No significant differences were found in nursing practice environment and perceived patient

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