What If A Nurse Was in Charge?
As a nightmarish 2020 comes to a close, think about this for a moment: What if a nurse was in charge? Would the COVID-19 pandemic look different?
Who is the most prepared to handle an emergency in a health care setting? As a CRNA, you develop a plan A, B, C, D, and E (maybe even F) before you tackle any airway. We are always looking for the disaster hiding around the corner. When it arrives, we already have a solution. When it doesn’t, we know it will…eventually.
What we call the social determinants of health are actually the building blocks of public policy. As a nurse, you are acutely aware of how public policy works or does not work for your patients. You know what needs to be improved upon or changed in your community because you see the communities through your patient’s eyes every day.
Chances are neighbors, family, and friends have turned to you for advice and information because YOU are the expert. The expert they trust the most. During the COVID crisis, the nation has been relying on nursing’s expertise, integrity, and voice. The economy, national security, the pandemic, and healthcare were the top four issues on voter’s minds during the 2020 election. Healthcare now makes up more than 17% of the U.S. economy.
What is the largest healthcare profession in the nation? Nursing. Who is the healthcare provider closest to the patient? Nurses. Who are patients? Members of the community/voters.
You see where we’re going with this.
If you can work here:
You can most certainly work here:
As 2020 comes to a close, ask yourself: Will nurses be at the table creating sound public policy for patients and the profession or will it be hospital administrators, physicians, or career politicians?
Let’s resolve to make 2021 the Year of the Nurse in Elected Office!