The Meaning of "Nurse"
Think of the meaning of “nurse”:
Yet when RWJ partnered with Gallup to conduct an opinion leader survey, it was found that those opinion leaders say our country is not taking advantage of all that nurses have to offer in areas like reducing medical errors and improving patient safety, improving quality of care, promoting wellness and expanding preventive care, improving health care efficiency and reducing costs, coordinating care through the health care system, helping the health care system adapt to an aging population, and increasing access to health care.
Instead, those same opinion leaders rank nurses seventh behind other stakeholders like government officials, insurance executives, pharmaceutical executives, healthcare executives, doctors, and patients, all of whom are perceived to be more influential.
So she calls for a bigger role for nurses in health policy, planning and management.
Do a little survey of your own institution. Let’s start at home to see if we are are profiting from such a great resource.