Top 10 Nursing Issues

Nursing is a profession which is always faced with changes, needing updates and needing the professional’s ongoing education, not only with the skills required to perform their duty but with the recent changes in the medical field in general. Several nursing organizations have been put together to help nurses get themselves better oriented to the requirements of their field, helping nurses to find ways to further improve the health of their patients, and to be able to keep themselves updated with the latest trends in their profession and the latest news about their colleagues, organizations that are quite far reaching. One such organization is the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). STTI is an international organization of nurse leaders and those with excellent academic performance which aims to help make better the health of the people of the world.

At a biennial Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) meeting, an overwhelming list has been created which shows a whole gamut of sessions to pick from, with about 20 various subjects for every simultaneous period, not to mention the rows of exhibit booths and posters. Of course, there is always the huge networking. A particular energetic session was a standing room only, right after whatever available floor space had been taken up by people who were seated cross-legged. It tackled the topmost 10 issues in the face of the nursing profession, headed by publications director of STTI Renee Wilmeth, who is not a nurse which means she is not as biased. These issues were collected from answers given by around 30 nursing leaders and were delivered in question type.

  1. Is evidence based practice (EBP) beneficial or detrimental? – It is quite astonishing how many versions and analysis there were of EBP, with some of them quite incorrect.
  2. What could be the long-term effect of technology on the field of nursing?
  3. Can all of us be in agreement that the minimum level for entry into practice should be a bachelor’s degree?  – This got a general agreement, even though there were concerns on the subject of the sufficiency of financial support for attaining this goal.
  4. PhD vs DNP: separate but the same? – There wasn’t much discussion on this one as it seemed that there wasn’t anyone who really wanted to get into the matter.
  5. How can nurses acquire a seat at the policy table?
  6. How are nurses coping with the mounting ethical demands of practice? – This one brought about a major discussion, especially on the topic as to whether society ought to supply unlimited expensive care to those with the personal choices that throw in to their health problems.
  7. How can the workplace culture of nursing be fixed?
  8. What kind of role do nurse leaders take part in the profession?
  9. What can be done on the subject of the expanding workforce age gap?
  10. How can the profession be made into something that is diverse as the population that it provides care for?

Hopefully more issues can be looked into to those who were at the meeting and to those who will be able to read about the meeting.

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Daisy Jane Antipuesto RN MN

Currently a Nursing Local Board Examination Reviewer. Subjects handled are Pediatric, Obstetric and Psychiatric Nursing. Previous work experiences include: Clinical instructor/lecturer, clinical coordinator (Level II), caregiver instructor/lecturer, NC2 examination reviewer and staff/clinic nurse. Areas of specialization: Emergency room, Orthopedic Ward and Delivery Room. Also an IELTS passer.

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