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Nursing Shortage & Decreased School Enrollment

This solution is for a graduate nursing level. I need help with the following:

As the profession of Nursing faces many challenges such as a shortage of clinical nurses, a decrease enrollment in nursing schools due to lack of Master's prepared instructors, higher patient load and mandated extra shifts, what political action, solution or involvement can you suggest nurses take in order to have a voice in the solution to these challenges?

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Please see response attached, which is also presented below. I also attached a supporting and informative article, from which this response is drawn. Although this article is from a Canadian perspective, the political steps and strategies are equally relevant in other countries as well.

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1. This solution is for a graduate nursing level. I need help with the following: As the profession of Nursing faces many challenges such as a shortage of clinical nurses, a decrease enrollment in nursing schools due to lack of Master's prepared instructors, higher patient load and mandated extra shifts, what political action, solution or involvement can you suggest nurses take in order to have a voice in the solution to these challenges? Please explain.

Political action or solution addressing nursing shortage and decreased school enrollment is a process that many nurses have already taken on behalf on clients and communities, which nurses now need to apply to getting their needs. I located an excellent article the political steps to take to solve specific problems, such as addressing nursing shortages and decreased school enrollment, which is attached. Although the political steps are directed towards addressing other problems, the process is similar, if not the same, that nurses would need to be willing to take to get their needs met.

By definition, Nursing is political. Political refers to the process of trying to influence decision makers to implement changes to improve the lives of clients, communities and populations (http://www.cna-nurses.ca/CNA/documents/pdf/publications/Nursing_Political_Act_May_2000_e.pdf). In this case, it is the population of nurses that have a problem to address through taking some form of political action. Decision-makers might be politicians, corporate or hospital executive, government bureaucrats, or managers within your workplace.

1. Problem definition:

The problem has already been identified but might need to delineated more fully in order to take the essential steps to address the problem. As it stands, the problems identified are as follows:

As the profession of Nursing faces many challenges such as a shortage of clinical nurses, a decrease ...

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As the profession of Nursing faces many challenges such as a shortage of clinical nurses, a decrease enrollment in nursing schools due to lack of Master's prepared instructors, higher patient load and mandated extra shifts, this solution discusses what political action, solution or involvement nurses can take in order to have a voice in the solution to these challenges.

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