If you were to ask 10 people what they believe to be the most significant issue facing healthcare today, you might get 10 different answers. Escalating costs? Regulation? Technology disruption?
These and many other topics are worthy of discussion. Not surprisingly, much has been said in the research, within the profession, and in the news about these topics. Whether they are issues of finance, quality, workload, or outcomes, there is no shortage of changes to be addressed.
In this Discussion, you examine a national healthcare issue and consider how that issue may impact your work setting. You also analyze how your organization has responded to this issue.
Post a description of the national healthcare issue/stressor you selected for analysis, and explain how the healthcare issue/stressor may impact your work setting. Then, describe how your health system work setting has responded to the healthcare issue/stressor, including a description of what changes may have been implemented. Be specific and provide examples.
Respond to at least two of your colleagues on two different days who chose a different national healthcare issue/stressor than you selected. Explain how their chosen national healthcare issue/stressor may also impact your work setting and what (if anything) is being done to address the national healthcare issue/stressor.
Great post! COVID-19 has been a major cause of added stress in healthcare. Long-term care facilities have not only had stress from the new healthcare changes, but also financial stress. Many long-term health facilities were not equipped or prepared for a pandemic. As you said, more costs were needed to get the proper equipment. Long-term care facilities were continuing to cut costs wherever they could before COVID-19 even began. While federal investigators are beginning to look into the higher rate of COVID-19 in the long-term care facilities, providers are arguing that the long-term care facilities are more vulnerable due to a lack of investment (Kacik, 2020). COVID-19 is not only stressful to the healthcare team in a long-term care facility, but also the residents. Residents are being confined to their rooms for their own protection. This creates loneliness, which then can turn into depression, malnutrition, anxiety, increased dementia, and poorer health outcomes (Eghtesadi, 2020). Seeing this change in the residents also affects their healthcare providers. Eghtesadi (2020) suggested that incorporating a form of technology into their daily routine will allow them to connect to family members and friends, and therefore feel less lonely. Long-term care providers must take the time to focus on their well-being, before they can effectively address their resident’s. I think your idea of having therapy services and incentives is a great idea to address the providers mental health and general well-being, and hopefully give them the boost they need to continue to take care of their residents to the fullest during this pandemic.
Eghtesadi, M. (2020). Breaking social isolation amidst COVID‐19: A viewpoint on improving access to technology in long‐term care facilities. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 68(5), 949–950. Retrieved from https://doi-org.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/10.1111/jgs.16478
Kacik, A. (2020). Long-term care facilities face scrutiny over handling of COVID-19 cases. Modern Healthcare, 50(16), 6.