Gree with Mr. Suraas statement below and write 3 pages. Please use 3-6 sources. Use APA format in citing your sources PPDF2.2
Agree with Mr. Suraas statement below and write 3 pages. Please use 3-6 sources. Use APA format in citing your sources PPDF2.2
I interviewed three nurses, with nursing degrees. The first had an FNP; the second an AS in Nursing and a BS in Psychology; and the third a BSN, Legal Nurse Consultant, CCM and MPA with a concentration in Health Care. On the average, they all had in excess of 30 years of various nursing experience (i.e. acute care, emergency room and nursing supervisor in the emergency room, trauma unit, head nurse on pediatric unit, dialysis and telephonic nurse case manger, family practice with a specialty in addiction, HMO case manager, and reviewing medical fraudulent claims submitted by providers, claimants, fraudulent pharmacy claims, and state and federal regulations).
Two of the nurses I interviewed were involved in nursing committees: one of the nurses was vice president for CCMNE and an elected state official for 4 years, and the other nurse was involved with the MNA but did not serve on any committee. The three nurses I interviewed did not want to become politically involved. In general, their nursing views were conservative and they believed that their nursing ethics was associated with the patient (i.e. to educate and treat the patient as a whole person: morally, ethically, spiritually, and emotionally) which conflicted with interests to be a patient advocate in the health care setting. They did not want to expand their time and energy in the politics of health care. All agreed on the need to support life and their patientas in their health care decisions, and to spend more time educating and supporting their patients to ensure positive health care outcomes.
They also expressed concerns over the Affordable Health Care Act; specifically, that it will not meet the needs of every American citizen on a Medicaid level due to the rewording of the bill on the state level to opt out of the health care reform act to provide Medicaid on a state level. This view accords with Harwoodas option that, a?The legislation would substantially expand the role and size of the government, adding an estimated 16-million beneficiaries to the costly Medicaid program,a? (Harwood, 2010, para. 1.). Further, Hardwood writes, a?It would sharply escalate regulation of the health care system, most notably affecting insurance companies,a? (Harwood, 2010, para. 1.).
Medicare benefits for the elderly will also impact the services provided through rationing of care and limited funding to support optimal health care. a?The burdens of financing the new health system will fall, by design, on a narrow swath of taxpayers: high income Americans, in the form of higher Medicare taxes; health insurers offering high cost plans; medical device manufactures; employers who decline to provide health insurance to their workersa? (Harwood, 2010, para. 6.). The cost for medical services such as pharmacy and durable medical equipment will ultimately be passed on to the consumer to cover the cost, without the consumeras knowledge. a?The Congressional Budget Office projects that the higher taxes they pay, combined with spending cuts in Medicare, will not only cover the $940-billion, 10 year cost of the program but trim $138-billion from the federal budget deficita? (Harwood, 2010, para. 6.). All of the nurses I interviewed agreed that there needs to be balance in the political arena, and that all voices need to be heard, not just those with a political bent. Therefore, grass root action is needed to elect officials who represent the same core values of these nurses. I was not surprised to learn that the nurse colleagues I interviewed do not want to become politically involved because it takes a lot of time and energy. They already feel stressed, overwhelmed, and overworked. However, as Nickitas et al contend, a?Nurses need to recognize the key to gaining more effective use of the policy environment, both outside and inside the organization, is to understand more effectively the power that one has to effect change,a? (Nickitas, Middaugh & Aries, 2011, p. 329).
The three nurses I interviewed expressed their view of health care as a fast pace business that does not provide enough down time. Because of this, they do not have spare energy to give to anyone else outside of the working environment if they are to meet their family commitments.