Nurses to influence Board Room Decision in respect of Health Policy

A survey was conducted titled “Nursing Leadership from Bedside to Boardroom: Opinion Leaders’ Perceptions,” the results of the survey were made known on January, 2010.

At the time of release of the above survey at Washington DC, the following Prominent senior leaders were present:

  1. Richard Hader,
  2. Mary Naylor,
  3. Beverly Malone,
  4. Patricia Gerrity,
  5. Sue Hassmiller,

Leaders expressed their appreciation and thanked the Nursing Professionals for their excellent participation in various healthcare programs every year, by virtue of their devotion towards the Nursing Profession every year in continuation and are considered as the most honored members of the healthcare team and have earned the credit of carrying on profession ethically and honestly, even in spite of the above nurses are not capable of putting their influence in deciding about the health system and associated services.

As brought out by new Gallup survey, the opinion leaders have now started believing that nurses should exert their more influencing role on the health policy, plans and their managing strategies. The said survey titles as “Nursing Leadership from Bedside to Boardroom: Opinion Leaders’ Perceptions,” was after deliberations was made public Jan. 20.

The Main findings related to the survey, which was carried out on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation includes:

• Opinion leaders are of the view and belief that nurses’ basic areas of influence are to affect reduction in medical errors (51%), besides improvement in quality of healthcare (50%) and participating in coordination of patient care in the health system (40%).

• Opinion leaders expect that nurses get more influencing opportunities in reduction of medical error and casing improvement in patient safety (90%), improvement in quality of care (89%), promotion of wellness and expansion of  preventive care (86%), obtaining improvement of healthcare efficient operation and helping in reduction of costs (84%), achieving coordination of healthcare within the parameters of health system (83%), to help the healthcare system adapting to the needs of aging population (83%), and affect increased application of healthcare by the population (74%).

• Opinion leaders based on their views and experiences spotted top barriers to nurses’ potential of increased influencing and capability of leadership is not been perceived correctly to take part in important decision making  (69%) or helping in revenue generation  (68%) in comparison to doctors; the nurses’ focus remains concentrated on primary care instead of preventive care (62%), and nurses are not represented by a single voice making known their views on national issues (56%).

Beverly Malone, CEO, National League for Nursing, commented, “Nurse professional Collective body is no longer hidden from the scene of action. It has been observed and made note of. It is true that the Nursing Collective Body is not where it’s need is, and it is not going to remain confined to the place where it is today.” Gallup survey is based on the interviews held with 1,504 opinion leaders of the health sector with the inclusion of insurance, corporate sector, health services, government bodies, university deans having relation to healthcare, and industry leaders, which matter the most. The Survey was conducted during Aug. 18 and Oct. 30, 2009.

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