Academic journal article Nursing and Health Care Perspectives

How Does NLNAC Support the Pew Health Commission Competencies?

Academic journal article Nursing and Health Care Perspectives

How Does NLNAC Support the Pew Health Commission Competencies?

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During 1997, 1998, and 1999, NLNAC expressed support for the Pew Health Professions Commission Competencies for 2005 and the 21 Competencies for the 21st Century as the basis for preparing the practitioner of the future to meet society's evolving health care needs. In its annual Interpretive Guidelines for NLNAC standards and criteria, NLNAC has suggested that each program interpret the Pew skills and competencies in the content, context, function, and structure of the program. Such interpretation will allow the program to assure the public and nurses-in-training of the faculty's awareness and responses to current and evolving health care needs and the competencies that are relevant to contemporary and future nursing practice, while providing the foundation for continued professional development.

What NLNAC has done in its suggestions has been to combine and enlarge on the important features of the 1991 and 1998 Pew Health Professions Commission Reports. In this manner, schools and programs have more specific direction for curriculum design, and the implications for accreditation criteria and embracing the concept of lifelong learning are communicated.

The emerging health care market will value services furnished by nurses to the extent that nursing services are needed, and as nurses contribute to these vital outcomes:

* Controlling or lowering costs

* Enhancing consumer satisfaction

* Improving quality of life while promoting health and competency for personal care for people of all ages

* Preventing health problems that endanger productivity, the ability to cope, and life satisfaction

* Reducing the impact of health problems on individuals, families, groups, and communities, and

* Assisting in the diagnosis and treatment of illness.

Further, becoming and remaining marketable means that one must be constantly learning, since the need to broaden and deepen knowledge and skills never ends. …

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