In American, the subpopulation of the elderly continues to grow profoundly. This has prompted the need of establishing efficiently managed healthcare to cater for the older adults especially the ones with disabilities. The U.S government invests heavily in healthcare to enhance quality of the services provided (Tomoff, 2009). Provision of acute care is a major objective in nursing education leading to competency especially in public health, long term and primary care
Lack of the knowledge of the basic policies that regulate the nursing education and professional is essentially detrimental. This may carry both ethical and legal consequences. Setting and developing knowledge of the required practices is vital in enhancing competency and leadership in health system and policy management. This is essential in building an all rounded or flexible nursing profession (Freidson, Lorber, & Freidson, 2010). Individuals with diverse knowledge are capable of tackling various challenges that may characterize their profession.
In addition, presence of different dimensions to nursing leads to quality education that motivates the students in furthering their studies. RWJF spearheads advocacy with the objective of improving nursing education that will address labor shortage and high turnover. A legislative and financial issue at state level needs review. On the other hand, different stakeholders voice nursing crises leading to the realization of multispectral partnerships, research, consumer groups and targets. Some of the solutions included upgrading their level of education and increasing innovative programs that collaborated with universities, hospitals and nursing programs. This was vital in fulfilling the expected level of professionalism in the workplace. Curriculum design incorporated with has also promoted the competencies in the regional and state alliances. This stimulates innovations, mentorship and excelling in baccalaureate nurses that will pass licensure examinations (Finkelman, & Kenner, 2010).
IOM were right in their advocacy towards improving on the policies of the nursing profession as they promoted nursing education to lifelong learning. This transformed healthcare system in the United States. For example, the advocacy led to curriculum changes, nontraditional programs and employment of nurses into the BSN. This worked well with collaboration of several stakeholders that played crucial roles in policy improvement and implementation. At the same time, it permitted nurses in exercising their leadership roles in the healthcare workforce (Tomoff, 2009).
American medical association is an organization that checks on the plight of doctors since they have similar crisis and grievances with that of nurses. Doctor’s organizations need to collaborate with insurance companies that assure them of their financial security. At the same time, formation of National Union that will spearhead their grievances is a goal to oblige doctors to perform their duties professionally. This should provide a detailed policy script to guide doctors. As a reward, those who perform well in their workforce should be promoted to a higher level and given chance to further their studies through re-designing medical education. The organization points out loopholes in doctors’ employment on the criteria of job absorption and payment. The association also checks on policies that protect American citizens from drug misuse across the nation (American Nurses Association, 2010).
Professional organizations in any workforce are of great necessity. These organizations cater for crisis erupting on the course of duty while providing strategic approaches for managing them. This enhances the morale of the workers by making them feel and acknowledge their part in realizing the organization’s goals.
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