Health Policy According to the World Health Organization, “health policy refers to decisions, plans, and actions that are undertaken to achieve specific health care goals within a society” (2018). Health policies can help a health care organization bring about change by building a general agreement, providing the workers with information, explaining the priorities, defining roles, establishing targets and explaining what the vision is. Standardized health care policies and procedures are an essential component in providing safe and high quality patient care. Policies
IMPROVING SAFETY AND CARE 5 and procedures provide a guideline for the health care providers so patients know that the care they receive is safe, equal and best practice. Providing the health care team with a standardized communication tool is part of a health policy. Communication tools provide the nurse with a guideline of a way to effectively communicate which ensures that important information about the patient isn’t missed or forgotten. This student has been able to be part of the development of many policies within the ambulatory care division. This student is very excited to see a standardized communication tool become a policy that will improve patient outcomes. Leadership and Economic Models “Nurses at all levels need strong leadership skills to contribute to patient safety and quality of care” (IOM, 2011, para. 7). Nurses can be effective leaders by having strong competency in teamwork, interdisciplinary collaboration, providing safe and ethical patient care, advocating for their patients and co-workers, providing quality patient care and evidence based practice. Effective leadership skills in nursing requires a knowledge of the organizations policies and procedures; along with initiating and implementing new evidence based policies. “Nurses should have a voice in health policy decision making, as well as being engaged in implementation efforts related to health care reform” (IOM, 2011, para. 3). Health Disparities There have been many advances in civil rights issues but race, socio-economic status and even gender are still a significant issue in the determination of someone receiving health care, the quality of the health care they receive and what their health outcome might be (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2008). Health care in America should be equal no matter what the differences are among us, every person is entitled to safe, high quality care. Various populations and genders have a greater likelihood of developing specific diseases. An example of this is, among the
IMPROVING SAFETY AND CARE 6 Hispanic population heart disease and stroke are the number one cause of death (CDC, 2015).
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