Healthcare Environment

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.

To Prepare:

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  • Review the Resources and select one current national healthcare issue/stressor to focus on.
  • Reflect on the current national healthcare issue/stressor you selected and think about how this issue/stressor may be addressed in your work setting.

By Day 3 of Week 1

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.

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Healthcare Environment

With new emerging diseases that have proven hard to contain, growth in population, and inflation; the healthcare sector continues to face obstacles despite the several advances that have been made over the years.

A Description of a Healthcare Stressor

One of the biggest national healthcare stressors that have not only affected the third world countries but also the developing countries is the shortage of healthcare workers, especially nurses. Covid 19 has made this situation worse due to the high number of patients affected by the novel virus. The high number of patients was too overwhelming for the doctors and especially nurses who are usually considered as the backbone of a healthcare system (Alshammari, 2020)

How the Healthcare Stressor may Influence the Work Setting.

According to the American Nurses Association (ANA), there are more nursing vacancies in the United States as compared to other professions. Nurses continue to overwork due to the shortage that was brought about by a lack of educators and a high turnover of patients (Haddad LM, 2020). this shortage usually leads to medical errors, high morbidity and mortality rates, patient dissatisfaction, and even burnout syndrome amongst nurses.

How your Health System Work Setting has Responded to the Stressor.

To address the issue of shortage of nurses, the health system has employed several tactics to minimize it. They include; more recruitment of nurses and encouraging more people to take up nursing in school. According to (Li, 2015) most of those nurses recruited to move from developing countries to developed countries a large percentage of them coming from the Philippines.


Haddad, L. M., Annamaraju, P., & Toney-Butler, T. J. (2020). Nursing Shortage. In StatPearls. StatPearls Publishing.

Li, H., Nie, W., & Li, J. (2015). The benefits and caveats of international nurse migration. International Journal of Nursing Sciences1(3), 314-317.