Nurses as Leaders in Healthcare Reform

Discussion: Nurses as Leaders in Health Care Reform

As health care delivery in the United States continues to evolve,
either through mandates, improved technologies and training, or other
drivers, nurses remain at the forefront in facilitating the success of
new initiatives. In 2010, the Institute of Medicine formed a committee
of experts to address the following question: “What roles can nursing
assume to address the increasing demand for safe, high-quality, and
effective health care services?” In the final report of the committee, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, the authors stated:

This report offers recommendations that collectively serve as a blueprint to (1) ensure that nurses can practice to the full extent of their education and training, (2) improve nursing education, (3) provide opportunities for nurses to assume leadership positions and to serve as full partners in health care redesign and improvement efforts, and (4) improve data collection for workforce planning and policy making. (p. 10)

For this Discussion, you will focus on the research recommendations
presented by the committee concerning the role of nurses as leaders. The
committee members believe that answers to these research questions are
needed to advance the profession of nursing and to further expand their
role in health care reform and improvement.

To prepare:

  • Review Chapter 7 in The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health
    report provided in the Learning Resources. Focus on the information in
    Box 7.3, “Research Priorities for Transforming Nursing Leadership.”
  • Select one of the research priorities listed in Box 7.3 that is of
    particular interest to you and applicable to your career interests.
    Consider the benefits and challenges of researching and addressing this
    priority in nursing.
  • Using the Walden library, identify two to three current articles
    that address your selected research priority. Consider the current state
    of research efforts on this priority.
  • Reflect on how the research findings for your area of priority
    impact nurses as leaders in organizations and health care reform. Why is
    research on this priority important? Post a description of the priority you selected and the
    benefits and challenges of further researching this area. Provide an
    overview of the articles you found (using appropriate APA citations)
    relating to this priority, and highlight any key findings. Explain how
    continued research in this area could strengthen the ability of nurses
    to lead in both individual organizations and as advocates of health care
    Nurses as Leaders in Healthcare Reform (Main heading)
    Health Issue Selected,

    and Challenges of Researching this Area,

    of Outside Articles with Key Findings,

    Continued Research in this Area could Strength Nurses to Lead

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