Post your initial response to one of the two topics below.
Topic 1: Community-Based Nursing
Nursing services play an important role in caring for patients and families in the community and providing them the support they need. For patients with problems ranging from chronic health conditions to need of elder care, nursing has proved itself an important part of the healthcare team. In fact, many people now prefer sending their elderly parents to a daycare for nursing, rather than to a long-term care facility.
For this topic, interview a community-based nurse or nurse practitioner who sees individuals in the home setting. Describe the nurse’s responses to the following questions:
- What are your job responsibilities?
- Does a correlation exist between your job description and your practice?
- Are you involved in policy formulation that affects client services?
- Do you belong to a professional organization related to your current job position?
Topic 2: Economics of Health Care
The cost of healthcare in the U.S. is often discussed by the press. Trends in healthcare spending are determined by public and private decisions about health care delivery and reflect the values and beliefs of society and policy makers.
Compare the distribution of healthcare expenses for 2017.
https://www.cms.gov/research-statistics-data-and-systems/statistics-trends-and-reports/nationalhealthexpenddata/nationalhealthaccountshistorical (Nation’s health dollar: where it came from and where it went with those of 2011 [see textbook]).
Write a summary of your findings and their meaning in terms of health care spending.