State of Nursing

September 28, 2020

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Anchor lead: The Academy of Medicine updates its view of the nursing profession, Elizabeth Tracey reports

The National Academy of Medicine has updated its report on the state of nursing as a profession. Patricia Davidson, dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, says the original report is the most downloaded report ever by the academy, and notes that this version once again advocates for a more educated nursing workforce.

Davidson: Because we know that nurses with baccalaureate education in working in institutions there is less mortality and better patient outcomes. In essence we’ve seen the other side of the equation in the Covid-19 pandemic. Where in residential age care facilities where there’s only one registered nurse on duty for eight hours a day that we have had the ravages of Covid-19. And that has been a phenomenon across the world.   :28

Davidson says more education enables nurses to implement things like infectious disease transmission prevention strategies in their workplace, and that helps patients as well as clinicians stay safe. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey. 

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