When you keep a routine visit to your PCP (Primary Care Provider) or are hospitalized, do you realize all the skills that go into your care and safety? Within medical facilities across the nation and the globe, the nursing shortage has a prompted a long line of administration and management worries. Staffing’s and the patient’s safety, longer hours and increasing talk of “burnout”. A positive option is to recruit the elder, experienced nurse, perhaps with promises of a better position or no weekends. Regular, professional in-services are requirements in all medical fields and time has to be given for those.
Baby Boomer’s by the thousands began collecting Medicare or Medicaid and they need our attention for proactive health care to prevent disability. The elderly population live longer than our parents; our nursing goal is to assess and encourage strength exercises proven to reduce their risk of falling and fractures, with potential complications that can follow, like pneumonia and stroke.
Nursing is a global shortage: foreign countries are in the same boat. Their goal, like ours, is to help our patient reach their best health. The USA does offer employment to foreign, qualified nurses and doctors. However, in their own countries they cannot always be spared. Immigration has it’s policies, and once here the professional has to take educational in-services and observed clinical hands-on care to show competence.
The new president has been in office only a few days and vocally adamant that many changes from the previous administration will take place. Some welcomed, some not so much. Nursing and families will be affected by change in current women’s health protection, such as reproductive choice and child care. That is worrisome to contemplate, but reassuring to know any changes have to get past congress, not just the President.
Democracy’s strength is our voice and our vote; e-mail or write your congress and senator representatives and remind them they were elected by you to represent your concerns.