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Chapter 16 Nursing’s Future Challenges
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Societal Changes Influence Nursing Practice The importance of studying societal change is: To effect change in a desired direction To create an image of a desired result as a blueprint for action Effecting change is necessary to address U.S. health care issues Contract between United States as wealthiest of industrial nations vs. 46 million Americans with no health insurance Infant mortality ranking 29th among developed countries Fitness level of U.S. citizens continues to decline
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Large-scale, systemic societal influences include: Demographic changes Aging population Issues such as euthanasia and assisted suicide End of life care Palliative care Poverty and vulnerable populations Plight of the working poor Compromised health of the medically indigent Comprehensive needs of disenfranchised people Cultural diversity and heterogeneity of the U.S. population Array of people from different racial, ethnic, religious, social, and geographic backgrounds
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Large-scale, systemic societal influences include: (cont’d) Demographic changes Urbanization Increasing proportion of the population in urban areas Increasing levels of violence Environmental deterioration Gradual decline in quality of air, water, plant and animal life Acceleration of global warming Increase in acute and chronic respiratory conditions Deterioration of ozone layer, environmental contaminations Emerging diseases and multidrug resistant strains
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