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Health Care History

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Scope: Background and History of the Issue The health-care industry in the United States has been changing, but recent variations have raised concerns and imposed a great challenge on many involved in the system, and nurse leaders are no exception. With the expected increase in demand for medical services as baby boomers turn 65 and the impending retirement of many nurse managers, a growing need for more medical services and the development of future nurse leaders is becoming more urgent (Sherman & Pross, 2010). The baby boomers have influenced change in the United States since their birth, and the depleted health-care system is not immune to their effect. It has been projected that this population will have “a large influence on the American…show more content…
It is increased by the fact that nurses working in today’s health-care settings are required to be proficient in areas that are new to them (Dyess et al., 2016; Sherman & Pross, 2010). Few professions have seen as significant a change in their primary responsibilities in recent times as nurse leaders. Historically, nurse managers, for the most part, were clinical managers. They were focused on ensuring that adequate patient care was provided using available resources. The clinical function remains at the core of today’s nursing leadership role; however, the requirements of the job and its responsibilities have expanded and changed. Nurse Managers and executives need to define the types and amounts of resources needed and must be able to realistically present this information to obtain their fair portion from an already limited supply. Ability to accurately estimate the use of resources and attention to providing efficient care are extremely significant in today’s health-care environment (Finkler, Kovner, & Jones,…show more content…
3). These tools will facilitate generating appropriate plans, projecting expenses, and anticipating cost-containment measures. Many of the decision-making aspects of nursing, when not related to the clinical aspect of the profession, are connected to the management of the financial component of the nursing unit, department, and the health-care organization itself. Aptitude regarding the language of financial management is an important skill in the clinical arena. The health-care environment today and into the foreseeable future is forcing nurse managers to place an increasing emphasis on financial implications when making decisions that affect the operation and smooth functioning of their organizations. In a recent report, the Institute of Medicine, in collaboration with the American Nurses Association, proposed that nurses become vigorous contributors to shaping health care and wisely managing its resources (Institute of Medicine, 2011; Muller & Karsten,
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