Originally posted by theresa_42_43:
please give me your opinions on where you believe nursing is headed in the year 2000.
That's a good question Theresa! I'd like to think that things will change for the better for the patients and for nurses!
I think that the whole healthcare issue in most developped countries boils down to the values of the population in that country. It is my humble opinion that at the moment people who live in developed countries have a dominating value.... CONSUMING GOODS ... AND SERVICES! Healthcare is a service and is percieved as such by the population. When someone goes grocery shopping they usually like to get quality prooducts for the lowest price possible! The same attitude is more then often adopted when people "shop" for healthcare... they want quality care for the lowest price possible. And even if people seem to be sympathetic to nurses difficult working conditions and the effect these conditions may have on the quality of the care they receive.... they still want value for their money. This expectation is passed on to the healthcare providers... private or public(not that they are innocent little lambs in all this)... the pressure is then passed on to the staff... namely nurses.
I think that things will change when we change our collective values about healthcare and use our democratical powers to make those changes happen!
The issue is quite complicated and this is only one aspect of the problem... there is also management to consider and politics... yuk... and don't even want to get into that!
Anyway... in a nutshell... and it may seem harsh... everyone of us have to start taking responsability for what goes on in our own country, state, city, backyard... we all have to take action if we want things to change.
We may not be directly guilty of making healthcare a big money hungry machine but, in some way it's like we are all accomplices to this "crime" because we stoud by and let it happen!