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Nursing Shortage Examined - Policymaker VisitKevin ClarkeChamberlain College of NursingNR 506 Health Care PolicyOctober 14, 2014
INTRODUCTION•The nursing shortage has been around for the greater part of the 20thcentury, and now into the 21stcentury, and has placed the healthcare system under some significant strain•The shortage has caused problems such as higher nurse to patient ratios, and poor patient outcomes•Factors that have contributed to the shortage include increased need for healthcare, limited number of educators in the field, and recruitment and retention challenges
INTRODUCTION•Nurse leaders are challenged to identify creative solutions to this policy priority issue of nursing shortage•Collaboration with stakeholders, and policymakers is key to the implementation of potential solutions to the nursing shortage problem•Efforts may be best focused at the local level which gives a greater chance of success with less obstacles to overcome•Overcoming the nursing shortage at a local facility through collaboration with the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) is a good first step to successfully addressing this issue.
Overview of Policymaker Visit•The policymaker chosen for this visit is a Registered Nurse who serves as the CNO in the local facility•The visit was done face to face with two members of the hospital team who are both actively involved in making policy changes in the local facility – the CNO, and a unit director•The visit lasted 45 minutes, in which time the policy issue was presented and reviewed, with subsequent feedback from the policymakers
Overview of Policymaker Visit•A clear message was communicated about the shortage of nurses and its effect on the health-care industry•Recommendations were made for changes to be made to the current hospital policies in order to promote patient safety, and improved outcomes.