Word cloud generators have become popular tools for meetings and team-building events. Groups or teams are asked to use these applications to input words they feel best describe their team or their role. A “word cloud” is generated by the application that makes prominent the most-used terms, offering an image of the common thinking among participants of that role.
What types of words would you use to build a nursing word cloud? Empathetic, organized, hard-working, or advocate would all certainly apply. Would you add policy-maker to your list? Do you think it would be a very prominent component of the word cloud?
Nursing has become one of the largest professions in the world, and as such, nurses have the potential to influence policy and politics on a global scale. When nurses influence the politics that improve the delivery of healthcare, they are ultimately advocating for their patients. Hence, policy-making has become an increasingly popular term among nurses as they recognize a moral and professional obligation to be engaged in healthcare legislation.
Revisit the Congress.gov website provided in the Resources and consider the role of RNs and APRNs in policy-making.
Reflect on potential opportunities that may exist for RNs and APRNs to participate in the policy-making process.
By Day 3 of Week 8
Post an explanation of at least two opportunities that exist for RNs and APRNs to actively participate in policy-making. Explain some of the challenges that these opportunities may present and describe how you might overcome these challenges. Finally, recommend two strategies you might make to better advocate for or communicate the existence of these opportunities to participate in policy-making. Be specific and provide examples.
Policy Nursing Discussion Question 2
Policy Nursing Discussion Question 2
Word clouds are referred to as the visually exciting and fun combination of words that are used in summarizing an idea or a topic. In team-building events and meetings, the generated word clouds create collective thinking for the participants involved in a specific role. Such an approach has been used to facilitate the role of nurses in policy-making. In this regard, the nurses are characterized by their ability to influence politics and policies across the global environment. With such a moral and professional obligation, the nurses are in a position to advocate for their patients while improving the delivery of care. Among the available opportunities for RNs and APRNs for their active participation in reviewing policies, the available workplace (Creviston, 2015). As such, the nurses are responsible for ensuring that the adopted policies are competent and effective enough to be practiced within their respective workplaces. The reason being that the nurses understand what works and what does not in promoting quality care. The other opportunity is the availability of professional organizations that ensure the implemented policies consider the welfare of the nurses.
However, the available opportunities might present some challenges, such as the lack of unity among the nurses. The other imminent issue is the failure to update all the nurses on the policies that have to be reviewed or those that are proposed (Jafree, 2015). To overcome these challenges, the healthcare facilities are obliged to create an organizational culture that promotes effective communication as well as embracing nurses into the governance and administration avenues.
To effectively communicate the current opportunities, the involved management structures are obliged to invest in training programs. They are also required to adopt effective leadership measures within the workplace. In such a case, the establishment of a knowledgeable nursing team would solely rely on the administrative measures put in place to promote the same as well as the training programs practiced within the setting.
Creviston, J. E. (2015). Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) perceptions of leadership abilities and governance: clinical inquiry project.
Jafree, S. R., Zakar, R., Zakar, M. Z., & Fischer, F. (2015). Nurse perceptions of organizational culture and its association with the culture of error reporting: a case of public sector hospitals in Pakistan. BMC health services research, 16(1), 3.