Create a peer response to at least TWO other student’s entry, citing at least one reference (NOT the course textbooks). Learners will read, analyze, and respond to questions and comments from faculty and fellow students. A course expectation is that discussions will reflect real-world manifestations of students’ work environments or expected work settings. The response(s) must be thoughtful, reference-based and can generate further discussion. The response(s) must be approximately 75 words to include reason you agree or disagree with fellow peer.
Peer 1 Saskia:
The Institute of Medicine Future Initiative of Nursing Report outlines nurses’ roles, responsibilities, and education and how it should change to meet the increased demand for care that will be created by health care reform (Institute of Medicine, 2011). As a student nurse practitioner, I believe that the key message of advanced practice nurses being full partners with physicians and other health care professionals, is the most important to the profession. Presently as it stands, there are doctors, researchers and management making decisions for how nurses should practice without fully understanding the scope of a nurse and what they do on a day to day basis. Nurses have experience in providing direct patient care; communicating with patients and their families about health status, medications and ensuring the relationship between the course of treatment and the desired outcome (Institute of Medicine, 2011). It would be beneficial for nurses to be full partners in care environments, because they can help identify problems as well as implement plans for improvement. If nurses are able to serve as full partners, a culture change will be needed where healthcare professionals hold each other accountable for improving care and collaborating with one another.
The Campaign for Action is a national campaign to transform health and healthcare through nursing. The Campaign for Action envisions a healthcare system where nurses contribute to the full extent of their capabilities (Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, 2022). There are multiple factors limiting the nursing profession’s impact on politics, but nurses are vital to the development and implementation of healthcare policy. Nurses are part of the largest medical profession in the world and therefore should be leading the way in redesigning the healthcare system. The DNC believes in investment in community health worker care-forces around the nation proven to prevent, manage, and better treat chronic illnesses. Their campaign also wants to increase opportunities for community health workers to come from the communities they serve. Democrats want to invest in health science and research for the benefit of our people, our economy, and our global competitiveness (Democratic National Committee, 2020). The RNC believe that the employer-employee relationship of the future will be built upon employee empowerment and workplace flexibility. Republicans also believe the greatest asset of the American economy is hard-working Americans. Their priority is getting people back to work by fostering growth that creates jobs, which runs through commitments on education and workforce development (Republican National Committee, 2020). Both committees want to support nurses in making a difference in communities and believe in the ever evolving healthcare systems.
Democratic National Committee. (2020, August 29). Retrieved September 28, 2022, from https://democrats.org/where-we-stand/party-platform/
Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. Campaign for Action. (2022, August 15). Retrieved September 28, 2022, from https://campaignforaction.org/
IOM (Institute of Medicine). 2011. The Future of Nursing; Leading Change, Advancing Health. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
Republican National Committee. (n.d.). Retrieved September 28, 2022, from https://prod-cdn-static.gop.com/docs/Resolution_Platform_2020.pdf
Peer 2: Maria:
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) in the United States of America is aimed at discussing solutions for the complex health concerns that the United States is currently facing (Democratic National Committee, 2022). The IOM has formed an alliance with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with a desire to develop a strong and significant healthcare workforce with the primary goal of creating a partnership to develop an experienced team. This report is aimed at providing a horror report regarding the problems associated with the nurses. The IOM nursing report has positively transformed the healthcare sector by recommending a thorough assessment of the nursing staff. Nurses are urged to fully use their knowledge and skills (Smiley et al., 2018). Nurses should complete a maximum degree of education and training to gain maximum professional competence. This report also proposes creating an education system that can enhance and encourage the academic progression of nurses. This report also encourages the nurses to fully partner with other members, especially in the healthcare sector, including physicians. This recommendation increases nursing leadership opportunities and encourages group improvement. The RWJF and AARP have also launched a campaign for action to guide the recommendations of the IOM report (Cleveland, Motter & Smith, 2019; Campaign for Action, 2022). The action coalition invites stakeholders of the healthcare sector, such as nurses and physicians, to seek measures that can help transform the healthcare workforce. By the adoption of the recommendations and suggestions by the IOM report, different practices, identification of needs, and different suitable models can be practiced for the improvement of the involvement of nurses in the healthcare sector.
Nurses can make a difference by influencing health policy. Nurses are patient advocates, which makes them great influencers for health policy. Nurses have individual views on healthcare issues and can influence healthcare policy by becoming members of their state or national association and writing their state representatives. Coalitions and organizations have more resources and can bring a group of people together to strategize to bring the organization’s perspective to the health policy decision-makers. With a shared understanding of how nurses can influence policy, nurses will recognize the importance of policymaking in the health sector and its influence on this process and patient outcomes.
Campaign for Action. (2022). Action Coalitions – Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. Retrieved 27 September 2022, from https://campaignforaction.org/our-network/state-action-coalitions/.
Cleveland, K., Motter, T., & Smith, Y. (2019). Affordable care: Harnessing the power of Nurses. OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 24(2). https://doi.org/10.3912/ojin.vol24no02man02
Democratic National Committee. (2022). Where we stand – Democrats. Democrats. Retrieved 27 September 2022, from https://democrats.org/where-we-stand/.
Smiley, R. A., Lauer, P., Bienemy, C., Berg, J. G., Shireman, E., Reneau, K. A., & Alexander, M. (2018). The 2017 National Nursing Workforce Survey. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 9(3). https://doi.org/10.1016/s2155-8256(18)30131-5