Many nurses do not get involved in health care policy even though the nurse should. Most nurses do not know much about health care policies, some view it as “foreign and complex” (Falk, 2014, p. 203). I consider myself one of the nurses that do not know much about health care policy and I am one of the nurses that do not get involved in health care policy. I do not get involved with health care policy because I was never taught about it, so I do not want to get involved in something that I do not know much about. I look forward to learn more about health policies and becoming more involved in health policies. A master’s prepared nurse has many roles in the health care field. One of the many roles is participating in health policies. A “Master’s-prepared nurses will use their political efficacy and competence to improve the health outcomes of populations and improve the quality of the healthcare delivery system” (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2011, p. 20). By the master’s prepared nurse being involved with health policy it is a way to make sure his or her patients are receiving the quality care that the patient needs. Being involved in health policy, it is …show more content…
According to the article, “at the state levels, [the] nurse [can be] instrumental in influencing change in scope of practice… expanded roles for advanced practice nurses” (Falk, 2014, p. 203). There are many people out in the community that now need primary care doctors because of the new health care laws and there are not enough doctors out there. By increasing the roles that an advanced practice nurse can do, it might help decrease the number of patient’s that do not have primary care doctors. By the master’s prepared nurse trying to get all people in the community a health care provider it will decrease on the visits to the emergency room that are
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Nurse practitioners will be present at all outpatient locations functioning as primary care providers in family practice and other practice settings (pediatrics, geriatrics, acute care, and other specialties). CNMs will be providing midwifery care along with primary health care of women. Nurse-midwives in United States have demonstrated excellent results in their field of practice throughout the years, especially attending to underserved, uninsured, low-income women (Lindeke, Fagerlund, Avery, & Zwygart-Stauffacher, 2010). CNSs will serve the role of case managers and care coordinators mainly at the hospital leading discharge planning of those patients with complex health problems. CRNAs will provide their services at the hospital for the patients in the intensive care unit.
Despite accepting advanced roles and responsibilities APRNs have often encountered various barriers in the delivery of effective health care based on the variability in the legislative requirements endorsed by various states. To overcome these barriers and improve the delivery of healthcare the Consensus Model for APRNs has been endorsed by 41 various nursing organizations focusing on defining the roles, population foci and implementation strategies across the nation (American Nurses Association [ANA], 2017). Creating a standard expectation regarding the practice of APRNs will help to foster more consistent, quality education APRN programs nationwide (Rounds, Zych, & Mallary,
The nursing profession plays a vital role at the policy table in implementing full practice autonomy for Nurse Practitioners. Nurse Practitioners are contributing experts of the health care system. They have the education and skills needed to be a resource and partake in the policy process and political implementation. This particular policy development will require not just one nursing representative, but many, to push for and symbolize the dire need of full practice autonomy for Nurse Practitioners. In fact, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing [NCSBN] (2017) has formed the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Consensus Model, which streamlines the education, regulation, licensure, accreditation, and certification across the nation.
As there continues to be an initiative to improve quality healthcare while simultaneously reducing costs, the importance of the nurse with advanced education in transforming healthcare delivery and healthcare policy will continue to grow. Opportunities for nurse managed health clinics, quality nursing research to improve evidence based practice, leadership of multidisciplinary health management teams and change agents in health policy and improved patient outcomes make the nurse with advanced education the “escape fire” in health care now and in the
FMLA and ACA in regards to APRN or NPs Introduction The Affordable Care Act created new health care delivery and payment models that emphasize teamwork, care coordination, value, and prevention: models in which nurses can contribute a great deal of knowledge and skill. Indeed, the nursing profession is making a wide-reaching impact by providing quality, patient-centered, accessible, and affordable care. - Institute of Medicine
Likewise, heart disease and cancer were the leading cause of death of blacks in Alabama according to the Office of Minority Health (Health Disparities, 2006). The doctorate prepared nurse can advocate for the minorities that he/she services by first becoming aware of the determinants that affect the minorities in that community i.e. dangerous neighborhoods, lack of fresh food, transportation difficulties. An advanced practice nurse can partner with community leaders to provide safer areas for exercise. APNs are to educate the patient on proper foods, but in areas where fresh food is not easily accessible to educate on reading nutrition labels and better food choices (Schroedl, 2012).
Marquis and Huston (2014) discuss how the mark of a good nursing leader is in the ability to inspire and motivate others to action; furthermore, no one leadership style is ideal and may vary according to the situation. The purpose of this paper is to match and explain the nursing leadership theory that is most applicable to solving communication issues, and to explain how legislation and health care policy can impact communication issues in the nursing. Nursing Leadership Theory Nursing leadership is complex and multifaceted and has been cited as a main reason nurses leave their current position (Blake, Leach, Robbins, Pike, & Needleman, 2013). Blake et al.
Introduction Due to the constant evolvement of the healthcare system and focus on health and wellness, master’s prepared nurses are gaining greater significance. Master’s prepared nurses gain advanced learning and key competencies and skills, with the objective of realizing positive results to the patient. In particular, this paper provides an understanding of master’s prepared nurse as experienced in an interview set-up. By getting real-life experiences and advice from my interviewee, I am in a better position to express my interest and take the appropriate steps in the field of nursing. My interviewee has a master’s degree in informatics and works at a local hospital.
According to Garson (2000), the primary issues of healthcare, which were improving access, lowering costs, and improving the quality of care, would accelerate through 2010. Later in 2008, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) along with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation researched the need of radically changing the nursing profession to confront the issues of healthcare (National Academy of Sciences, n.d.). Through these issues the IOM has devised a report suggesting the transformation of nursing practice, education, and leadership. By transforming the nursing profession, the IOM will give way for positive changes in the healthcare system. With this said, the IOM has researched and devised a plan to confront the issues of healthcare, however, how will this impact the nursing profession?
The Affordable Care Act has shifted focus on health and wellness of patient populations urging hospitals to do a community needs assessment and come up with a strategy to address these needs. Hospitals most often partner with community and professional organizations to address the health need (Stempniak, 2014). This is an example of how the four spheres are all interrelated. Nurses are at the heart of this movement, providing the necessary skills, experience and expertise to address the needs of the population being served (Shamian,
The nurse practitioner (NP) role was developed to assist with the health care provider shortage in the 1960’s. Historically, the NP was rooted in primary care and focused on, “prevention, health and wellness, patient education, and including the patient as a partner in making clinical decisions and cost-benefit alternatives so that patients were empowered to weigh treatment options” (Hamric, p. 397). Although, the role of the NP has expanded over the decades the primary function has remained constant, to make quality healthcare accessible to all. Family Specialization FNPs provide clinically competent care that is evidence based, using primary, secondary and tertiary prevention as its focus. The Master of Science in Family Nursing specialization
Healthcare is evolving and is the forefront of discussion in the United States with the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), shortages of providers, and a growing transformation in access to health care. One primary proposed solutions to the lack of providers and improvement in access to health care are to expand the scope of practice of those of the non-physician healthcare providers, such as nurse practitioners (NP). There are central debates in the discussion of nurse practitioners having the ability to practice independently to help close the gap; many states are responding differently to the proposition to increase the scope of practice of nurse practitioners. By giving NPs a greater scope of practice, it will address the shortage
Nurses have the opportunity to learn and meet fellow professionals while attending nationwide conferences. By attending a Webinar, nurses are able to earn free Continuing Education credits. For those who choose to further their careers, Leadership and Faculty Development Programs are available to help teachers and nurse leaders keep up with the demands and growth of the nursing education and profession. There are also opportunities to make a difference in healthcare policy by participating in the Student Policy Summit and Faculty Policy Initiative. Membership also provides access to invaluable data and research publications such as the Journal of Professional Nursing.
The role of the nurse has always been that of the first point of contact for the patient to the clinical care team. As outlined by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (2016) the role of the nurse is to advocate, educate, liaise with, and provide adequate and appropriate clinical care to the patient. Additionally, the nurse represents the statistical majority of the Australian clinical team, outnumbering medical doctors at a ratio of almost 4:1 (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2013) which is consistent throughout all sectors of healthcare. Therefore, the nurse has a powerful and tangible effect on policy and the outcomes for patients in the clinical setting.
According to Shilton’s Advocacy Model, it is important to identify the evidence sources that will support the model and ensure that it remains on course to achieving the objectives. In health care advocacy, lobbying is one of the strategies applied in supporting the sources of information for a strategy (Hansen-Turtonet et al., 2010). As a result, some of the sources of information that will apply in the strategy include the government websites that list the importance of nurse-managed health centers and why they need community support. In using the lobbying method to advocate for the support of the nurse-managed health centers, we will enforce the message to all the stakeholders and the community in