DQ 2 : consensus report of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity
Refer to the consensus report of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and
Medicine, The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity, provided in
the topic Resources. Identify recommendations for nursing education you believe will be most
effective or radical in creating change within the industry. Provide rationale based on your
experience in practice. Do you agree or disagree with how the report describes the evolution of the
advanced practice registered nurse role? Why or why not?
According to the consensus report of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and
Medicine, The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity, “The
authoring committee produced a set of recommendations for the field of nursing and it provided a
blueprint for improving nurse education; ensuring that nurses can practice to the full extent of their
education and training; providing opportunities for nurses to assume leadership positions; and
improving data collection for policymaking and workforce planning.” Out of the nine key
recommendations the consensus report has addressed, the two main ones that I consider to be on
the top level of importance within my community and organizations involve the nurse’s health and
wellbeing and the inequities surrounding public health emergencies.
Recommendation 3: By 2021, nursing education programs, employers, nursing leaders, licensing
boards, and nursing organizations should initiate the implementation of structures, systems, and
evidence-based interventions to promote nurses’ health and well-being, especially as they take on
new roles to advance health equity.
Recommendation 8: To enable nurses to address inequities within communities, federal agencies
and other key stakeholders within and outside the nursing profession should strengthen and
protect the nursing workforce during the response to such public health emergencies as the
COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters, including those related to climate change.
Recommendation 8 hits close to home on so many levels. I have been a nurse for 3 years, and the
pandemic took me by surprise. I had been working as a nurse for about a year when Covid
started. The amount of stress and distrust myself and my coworkers felt navigating around the
everchanging policies and procedures associated with the pandemics CDC instruction was
unnecessary. Unfortunately, I experienced the blatant disregard our organization had for our
health and wellbeing by withholding and rationing vitally needed supplies when they were readily
available for us to use. It was infuriating at the time, because this was a whole new ballgame for
even the most seasoned nurses, and it caused a significant number of employees to resign.
Management never came on the unit anymore like they used too and we felt abandoned. Bringing
up the concerns with our director and management at staff meetings was futile and our concerns
would be triumphed over with CDC recommendations and the organizations rationales based on
fear and lack of knowledge. The COVID pandemic was an eyeopener to the world in terms of high-
level planning and preparation for patient and provider safety.
I agree with how the report describes the evolution of the advanced practice registered nurse role.
The solution the report proposes states, “The committee recommends that all relevant state,
federal and private organizations enable nurses to practice to the full extent of their education and
training by removing practice barriers that prevent them from more fully addressing social needs
and social determinants of health and improve health care access, quality, and value.” Advanced
practice nurses can help curb disparities and positively influence communities’ health and
wellbeing by letting the ever evolving career of nursing take the front seat with the physicians and
other specialty roles. As nurses we are in the frontlines and are the eyes and ears for our
physicians. We may not be as educated in medicine as the physicians are but we are strong in our
assessment, implementation and evaluation skills. We are a golden asset to the care team and as
APNs, we can have a deeper impact within our patients lives and communities with the right
education and support.
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. The future of nursing
2020–2030: Charting a path to achieve health equity. Washington, DC: The National Academies
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Discussion Questions (DQ)
Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, include a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words.
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Grading Rubric Guidelines
Demonstrates achievement of scholarly inquiry for professional and academic decisions.
|Application of Course Knowledge –
Demonstrate the ability to analyze, synthesize, and/or apply principles and concepts learned in the course lesson and outside readings and relate them to real-life professional situations
Replies to each graded thread topic posted by the course instructor, by Wednesday, 11:59 p.m. MT, of each week, and posts a minimum of two times in each graded thread, on separate days.
(5 points possible per graded thread)
Summarizes what was learned from the lesson, readings, and other student posts for the week.
|Minus 1 Point||Minus 2 Point||Minus 3 Point||Minus 4 Point||Minus 5 Point|
|Grammar, Syntax, APA
Note: if there are only a few errors in these criteria, please note this for the student in as an area for improvement. If the student does not make the needed corrections in upcoming weeks, then points should be deducted.
Points deducted for improper grammar, syntax and APA style of writing.
The source of information is the APA Manual 6th Edition
|0 points lost||-5 points lost|
|Total Participation Requirements
per discussion thread
|The student answers the threaded discussion question or topic on one day and posts a second response on another day.||The student does not meet the minimum requirement of two postings on two different days|
|Early Participation Requirement
per discussion thread
|The student must provide a substantive answer to the graded discussion question(s) or topic(s), posted by the course instructor (not a response to a peer), by Wednesday, 11:59 p.m. MT of each week.||The student does not meet the requirement of a substantive response to the stated question or topic by Wednesday at 11:59 pm MT.|