ANALYSIS OF A PERTINENT HEALTHCARE ISSUE

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Analysis of a Pertinent Healthcare Issue.

 

Nana-Afua D. Dodoo

University of Walden

NURS-6053N

Dr. Tara Saucier

09/07/22

 

Overview.

In recent years, the healthcare industry has been termed as one of the industries that have suffered a wide range of challenges. These challenges have progressively impacted various healthcare organizations in different ways. As we all know, over the last few years, that is since the outbreak of coronavirus, the healthcare sector across various nations has experienced healthcare care challenges such as failure or the inability to address the increasing consumerism among patients, lack of enough healthcare professionals, the implication of education programs meant for healthcare professionals, failure of healthcare organizations to adopt and assimilate the increasingly complex science base, allow adoption and implementation of information in healthcare sector among many other factors(Haddad, Annamaraju, & Toney-Butler, 2022). Based on the care the primary national healthcare. For many years now, the healthcare sector has often been subject to trends in both undersupply as well as the oversupply of different healthcare professionals. However, the current issues on nurse or healthcare professional shortage have been termed as unique and different from the previous ones. As of the year 2014, the shortage of healthcare professionals in various healthcare organizations was at 6% and as per current stats on labor shortage in the healthcare sector has increased to over 37% due to a progressive increase in the number of nurse turnovers (Bourekba, 2020). With respect to the question, the rep will focus on providing more insight on the impacts of the increased shortage of healthcare professionals as one of the major healthcare stressors

Describe the national healthcare issue/stressor you selected and its impact on your organization.

As mentioned, the shortage of healthcare professional is become one of the national health challenges not only in various states in the US but also across many countries of the world. This was exacerbated by the outbreak of coronavirus. The increased number of patients posed a lot of challenges to the already suffering healthcare facilities. As per the respect conducted, the primary cause of increased issues of nurse shortage in various healthcare organizations can be attributed to a progressive increase in the number of retiring and nursing burnout (Haddad, Annamaraju, & Toney-Butler, 2022). As provided by the AACN, the average age for nursing staff is 50 years old. Even if this does not necessarily mean it’s the required age for retirement, studies have indicated that the emergence of new technologies that are too complex for the old nursing workforce has greatly impacted nurses’ and other healthcare professionals’ decision to demand early retirement than expected. This aspect has highly contributed to the lack of enough healthcare professionals in various departments thereby making it impossible for healthcare organizations to provide reliable, effective, and quality services to the public. Other factors include increased levels of care for patients due to the surging number aging population, shortage of nursing shortage, and restrictive healthcare legislation among many other factors (Bourekba, 2020).

It must be understood that the lack of enough healthcare professionals has led to numerous challenges in many healthcare organizations. These impacts spread across public and private healthcare facilities in the united states and other parts of the world. Among the major impacts of nurse, shortage includes increased cases of patient death due to errors arising from fatigued staff. Recent studies have shown that one of the factors contributing to low mortality in any healthcare facility s the richness of the registered staff mix. When nurses are overworked, patients suffer a big blow because they are often overlooked (Bourekba, 2020).

The shortage of nurses since the beginning of covid 19 has also led to a rise in nurse burnout. In 2019, when the world pandemic struck the entire world, many nurses were forced to work for extra time to enable healthcare facilities to cope with the increased number of covid 19 patients admitted. The shortage of nurses has led to various unnecessary medical errors. This has resulted in the untimely deaths of many patients whose lives could have been saved. Recent studies show that on an annual basis, over 251, 000 deaths occur in the united states alone due to factors attributed to medical errors. The shortage of nurses has also led to a continued increase in morbidity. When the nurse-patient ratio is higher than the set standard, then many nurses feel overworked, demotivated, and dissatisfied with their work and aspect that in turn contributes to increased number of nurses leaving nursing for other better careers (Bourekba, 2020).

Provide a brief summary of the two articles you reviewed from outside resources on the national healthcare issue/stressor. Explain how the healthcare issue/stressor is being addressed in other organizations.

A global shortage of health workers and brain drain stress developing countries.

As per the article, the world generally requires a supply of over 2.4-million-hectare professionals in order to solve these issues once and for all. The shortage is caused by a wide range of factors but as argued by the author in this article, the major concern is the disproportionate of healthcare workers within developed national and other urban centers. The suggested approach to address these issues is by addressing factors contributing to the migration of nurses from less developed countries to developing wealthier nations.

Haddad, L. M., Annamaraju, P., & Toney-Butler, T. J. (2022, February 22). Nursing shortage – StatPearls – NCBI bookshelf. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK493175/

As provided by the authors, the aging workforce, aging population, career and family, regions, nurse burnout, and violence in the healthcare sector are among the factors leading to the nursing shortage in various healthcare organizations. These issues can be overcome by nurse empowerment strategies, listening, and responding to nurse grievances, promoting nurse education and career development as well as allowing nurses to have a flexible schedule along with a conducive work environment.

Summarize the strategies used to address the organizational impact of national healthcare issues/stressors presented in the scholarly resources you selected. Explain how they may impact your organization both positively and negatively. Be specific and provide examples.

As the articles reviewed, some of the strategies deployed to reduce nurse shortage include the development and implementation of nurse training and career development programs. This will not only motivate nurses and other healthcare professionals but also ensure that nurses feel satisfied an aspect that will inspire them to stay in an organization for many years. Secondly, healthcare facilities ought to listen to and effectively address challenges faced by nurses on a timely basis. This will positively impact an organization in the sense that it will make nurses feel recognized and valued. Perhaps allowing nurses to have a flexible work schedule will mean that nurses will be able to balance their social time and professional time an aspect that will relieve them off the emotional stress and fatigue associated with a busy and unfriendly work schedule (Bourekba, 2020).

 

References

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Bourekba, M. (2020). Overlooked and underrated? The role of youth and women in preventing violent extremism. Retrieved from https://www.cidob.org/en/publications/publication_series/notes_internacionals/240/overlooked_and_underrated_the_role_of_youth_and_women_in_preventing_violent_extremism

Council foreign relations. (2019, May 16). Women and terrorism: Hidden threats, forgotten partners. Retrieved from https://www.cfr.org/report/women-and-terrorism

Haddad, L. M., Annamaraju, P., & Toney-Butler, T. J. (2022, February 22). Nursing shortage – StatPearls – NCBI bookshelf. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK493175/

Kuehn, B. M. (2007). Global shortage of health workers, brain drain stress developing countries.  JAMA,  298(16), 1853. doi:10.1001/jama.298.16.1853

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