Discussion – Week 2
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: â€œWhat roles can nursing assume to address
the increasing demand for safe, high-quality, and effective health care
services?â€ 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.
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, â€œResearch Priorities for Transforming Nursing Leadership.â€
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?
By Day 3
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 reform.
Read a selection of your colleaguesâ€™ responses. Focus
particularly on those questions raised to which you can add comments based on
shared experiences or situations. Consider how your colleaguesâ€™ postings
reflect and/or differ from your own perceptions and opinions. Review the
Learning Resources for any clarification needed before responding.
By Day 6
Respond to at least two of your colleagues on two different
days in one or more of the following ways:
Ask a probing question, substantiated with additional
background information, evidence, or research using an in-text citation in APA
Share an insight from having read your colleaguesâ€™ postings,
synthesizing the information to provide new perspectives.
Offer and support an alternative perspective using readings
from the classroom or from your own research in the Walden Library.
Validate an idea with your own experience and additional
Make a suggestion based on additional evidence drawn from
readings or after synthesizing multiple postings.
Expand on your colleaguesâ€™ postings by providing additional
insights or contrasting perspectives based on readings and evidence.
National Academy of Sciences. (2011) The future of nursing:
Leading change, advancing health.
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