The IOM published report, “Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” (attached) makes recommendations for lifelong learning and achieving higher levels of education. In 1,000 words, examine the importance of nursing education and discuss your overall educational goals. Include the following: Discuss your options in the job market based on your educational level. Review the IOM Future of Nursing Recommendations for achieving higher levels of education. Describe what professional certification and advanced degrees (MSN, DNP, etc.) you want to pursue and explain your reasons for wanting to attain the education. Discuss your timeline for accomplishing these goals. Discuss how increasing your level of education would affect how your competitiveness in the current job market and your role in the future of nursing. Discuss the relationship of continuing nursing education to competency, attitudes, knowledge, and the ANA Scope and Standards for Practice and Code of Ethics. Discuss whether continuing nursing education should be mandatory. Provide support for your response. You are required to cite to a minimum of three sources to complete this assignment. Sources must be published within the last 5 years and appropriate for the assignment criteria and relevant to nursing practice. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required. This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion. You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Refer to the LopesWrite Technical Support articles for assistance.