Medtech College Recognizes Nurses’ Leadership Role in Improving Healthcare Access and Quality
ATLANTA — Medical care continues to evolve and, today, nurses often step out of their comfort zones to become even more active innovators in our healthcare system.
Recognizing the importance of nursing to the health of all Americans, Medtech College continues progressing toward becoming the “best in the business” by enhancing its Nursing programs. Medtech campuses are proud of their nursing instructors, students, graduates, and what they have accomplished thus far.
As a result, Medtech College is leading the celebration of National Nurses Week, May 6-12, by focusing on the Week’s theme — “Nurses: Leading the Way.”
“Patients and families often have contact with nurses on a personal level when they need care, but may not realize nurses also are leaders in expanding access to healthcare and improving their quality of care,” Medtech College President and CEO John L. Hopkins notes. “We celebrate nurses during this week to honor them as leaders, not only at the bedside, but in boardrooms, in our communities, and in the halls of government.”
According to the American Nurses Association, the public holds nurses in high regard and trusts them to advocate for patients because they are leaders who embrace new technologies, resolve emerging issues, and accept ever-changing roles in their profession. The President and Congress have designated May 6 through 12 each year as National Nurses Week. The “Week” begins on a Tuesday this year and, keeping with tradition, will end on Monday, May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.
A richly rewarding career, nursing is the nation’s largest healthcare profession, employing nearly three million professionals. It also offers strong growth potential. The federal government (Bureau of Labor Statistics [BLS] Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition) projects nursing will grow faster than all other occupations, with nearly one million new registered nurses (RNs) needed by 2022 as demand continues to rise.
Nurses are rapidly moving into new roles, such as care coordinator specialists, nurse navigators, and wellness coaches, among others. And, as the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented, nurses are expected to become even more crucial, leading efforts to expand primary care at community-based clinics and delivering more efficient, cost-effective care as collaborative healthcare team members.
“There will always be a need for nurses, and we believe that need will continue to grow for decades to come. We expect Medtech’s Nursing programs also will grow to help meet the demand for more nurses,” Hopkins adds.
A prominent healthcare education and continuing professional development brand, Medtech is a nationally accredited post-secondary network of colleges and institutes with the goal of advancing healthcare career training. Working hand-in-hand with students to provide an exceptional learning environment incorporating comprehensive classroom instruction and personalized hands-on experience, Medtech helps them create an extraordinary new future for themselves. Medtech also provides continuing education solutions for healthcare professionals who need professional re-certification, updated healthcare training or professional development to enhance their existing healthcare careers. Medtech won two Best in Biz Awards in 2013, was recognized as one of Achievers’ 50 Most Engaged Workplaces in 2013 and 2012, named one of the nation’s best places to work by Best and Brightest Companies to Work For