Social Context of Professional Nursing

Social Context of Professional Nursing

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Please answer the following questions. Each question must have at least 3 paragraphs and you must use at 3 least references included in your post.

Questions for discussion:

1. Discuss current factors that influence the public’s image of professional nursing? b. How can you as a nurse/student nurse, tell members of society what professional nurses do?

2. What advantages do women have in nursing? b. What advantages do men have in the profession? c.What are the risks of being gender exclusive?

3. Discuss present trends associated with the profession of Nursing. b. What do you think the profession of Nursing will look like in 10 years from now?

Social Context of Professional Nursing

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Chapter 5 Social Context of Professional Nursing Nursing’s Social Contract • Society provides the nursing profession with the authority to practice • Society grants the profession authority over functions and autonomy over professional affairs • Profession expected to regulate itself and act responsibly • This relationship is the essence of the nursing’s social contract with society Public Image of Nursing (1 of 2) • Actions to promote the real image:
– Educate the public – Describe nurses’ work – Make known the agency of the registered nurse (RN) – Deal with the fear of angering the physician – Accept thanks from others – Be ready to take advantage of openings to promote nursing – Respond to queries with real stories Public Image of Nursing (2 of 2) • Actions to promote the real image: – Tell the details – Avoid using nursing jargon – Prepare ahead of time to tell your story – Do not suppress your enthusiasm – Reflect the nurse’s clinical judgment and competency – Connect work to contemporary issues – Respect patient’s confidentiality – Deal with the fear of failure The Gender Gap • Women in nursing: • Men in nursing: – Avoidance of conflict – Leadership advantage – Multiple roles – Compensation discrepancy – Centeredness on service – Gender bias Changing Demographics and Cultural Competence • Discrepancy between minority population and minority health professionals and faculties • Increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in the health professions and improving the cultural competency of providers are key strategies for reducing health disparities Access to Health Care • Continuity of care – Routine care with provider leads to better health outcomes • Economic barriers – Poverty poses the greatest risk to health • Geographic barriers – Rural and urban • Sociocultural barriers Societal Trends • Incivility • Consumerism • Violence in the workplace • Complementary and alternative approaches • Global aging • Disaster preparedness Trends in Nursing • Nurse shortage • Nurse faculty shortage • Nursing practice and workplace environment • Nurse retention • Complexity of nursing work • Nursing education Closing the Education and Practice Gap Social Context of Professional Nursing
• Key messages of The Future of Nursing include: – Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training – Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression – Nurses should be full partners, with physicians and other health professions, in redesigning health care in the US – Effective workforce planning and policy making require better data collection and an improved information infrastructure Recommendations from The Future of Nursing (1 of 2) • Remove scope-of-practice barriers • Expand opportunities for nurses to lead and diffuse collaborative improvement efforts • Implement nurse residency programs • Increase the percentage of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80% by 2020 • Double the number of nurses with a doctorate by 2020 Recommendations from The Future of Nursing (2 of 2) • Ensure that nurses engage in lifelong learning • Prepare and enable nurses to lead change to advance health • Build an infrastructure for the collection and analysis of interprofessional healthcare workforce data The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action Video … Social Context of Professional Nursing