Nurses over­looked

Modern Healthcare - - OPINIONS LETTERS -

Itruly en­joyed watch­ing the in­di­vid­ual video seg­ments of Mod­ern Health­care’s bold pre­dic­tions for 2012 on Mod­ern­health­ How­ever, I was dis­ap­pointed that there were no pre­dic­tions for the work of the largest seg­ment of health­care providers, reg­is­tered nurses. I was able to catch the physi­cian pre­dic­tions, yet there is much to be dis­cussed and pre­dicted about reg­is­tered nurses’ in­flu­ence in mov­ing health­care re­form for­ward.

With more than 3.1 mil­lion reg­is­tered nurses in this na­tion and hav­ing achieved the most trusted health­care provider sta­tus by the Gal­lop Poll for 12 years in a row, this ap­pears an over­sight on the con­tri­bu­tions to ac­cess, qual­ity and cost that can be pro­vided by our na­tion’s reg­is­tered nurses. The re­cent land­mark re­port from the In­sti­tute of Medicine on The Fu­ture of Nurs­ing: Lead­ing Change, Ad­vanc­ing Health has made a con­sid­er­able im­pact on the way stake­hold­ers are view­ing the nurs­ing work­force. This re­port is one of the most viewed on­line re­ports in the IOM’S his­tory.

I would hope that you would con­sider adding reg­is­tered nurses to your staff to com­plete the pic­ture of Mod­ern Health­care in Amer­ica. Betsy Snook

CEO Penn­syl­va­nia State Nurses As­so­ci­a­tion

Harrisburg, Pa.

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