How do you feel about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) initiatives? Discuss ways a community nurse can help with the goals.
The sustainable development goals (SDGs), announced by the United Nations in 2016, now help guide public policy in many nations around the world. The United Nations has appealed to all governments and citizens worldwide to align together, taking action in each of the SDG dimensions of people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership in order to eradicate extreme poverty, inequality, and injustice; to slow / stop climate change; and to ensure sustainable development for humanity and the earth. Nursing is critical to achieving SDG3 (Health and Welfare). (Peng, M.T., 2019)
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a 15-year plan of action to achieve the goals, was unanimously adopted by all UN member states in September 2015 and took effect on January 1, 2016. The Agenda consists of 17 SDGs addressing social, economic, and environmental determinants of health and 169 associated targets focused on five themes: people, planet, peace, prosperity, and partnership. The SDGs build on the work of the UN Millennium Development Goals, which were in effect from 2000 to 2015. (Oerther, S.E., 2020)
Nurses plays varied and increasingly essential roles in addressing health care inequities through such practices as care coordination and preventive care and education-work which will indirectly play a role in supporting other SDGs related to social and financial equity. (Oerther, S.E., 2020)
Oerther, S. E., & Rosa, W. E. (2020). Advocating for Equality: The Backbone of the Sustainable Development Goals. The American journal of nursing, 120(12), 60–62. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.NAJ.0000724256.31342.4b (Links to an external site.)
Peng M. T. (2019). Hu li za zhi The journal of nursing, 66(2), 93–100. https://doi.org/10.6224/JN.201904_66(2).12
The Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDG) initiatives are very helpful in solving global issues and challenges and they are having sustainable development goals is very beneficial as they provide a basic design plan or a blueprint as to how to achieve a plausible and legitimate future and create a positive change in our communities globally. The main aim of Sustainable Development Goals initiatives is to meet the goals of ending poverty, creating sustainable communities and nations and bring positive changes in healthcare, educational developments, ending unemployment, hunger inequalities in communities, providing good sanitation, water facilities, and a good environment to live. Ensure to bring climate change by taking actions against environmental hazards. The sustainable development goals also aim to provide peace, justice to the people and achieve economic growth. They ensure to create sustainable communities, bring positive changes in communities and ensure to make continuous improvement in many aspects such as urbanization, transport, education, climate, energy and resources, water, environment, under water life, life on land, peace, justice and many more.
Overall, they look after 17 aspects and the goals that are designed are adopted by the United Nations. These sustainable development goals initiatives are very helpful for community nurses because they provide support to community health nurses in improving the overall wellbeing of the community and the health of the community. These goals look after the health issues, the community’s health, environment, climate in the communities, living conditions of people, and ending poverty. All these aspects help nurses because they work for developing the overall wellbeing of the community and promote health in communities. Nurses have a major role in ensuring the wellbeing of the communities and hence these goals are related to community health nurse’s roles and responsibilities in improving the communities and promoting health in communities. Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization says that “Nurses respond to the health needs of people in all settings and throughout the lifespan. Their roles are critical in achieving global mandates such as universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals” (Ahmed, 2018 p.9).
Ahmed, H. M. (2018). The sustainable development goals and nursing. Erbil Journal of Nursing and Midwifery, 1(1), 1-1.
Topic 2: Many resources are spent on recruiting foreign nurses. It is a fast-growing private sector business. If the United States and other industrial nations put their resources into fixing the problems that lead to this shortage of nurses, would the need to recruit foreign nurses decrease? Why or why not?
I do believe that if, for example here, the U.S.A. put more resources and effort in advancing and encouraging potential nurses and current nurses to advance we would not require foreign nurse recruiting. I say this because the educational system is so not as friendly to US citizen nurses or nurses in general due to lack of instructors, and facilities able to provide the appropriate education and training to advance these students. Having talked to many nurses I know who had a difficult time getting into the RN program, as well as LVN to RN due to room, lack of instructors, cost, or institutions not offering the specific program needed, has made it extremely challenging to allow for advancement or even to obtain the AA in Nursing. If the US would put more resources, including those being utilized to recruit outside help, instead into the educational system to allow for easier accesses and affordability we would not require outside/foreign nurses to fill the void. We would have more potential US citizen nursing professionals ready to join the workforce yearly. And, if each nation did the same in their own communities, they would not lose their medical professionals to other countries.
Another form to encourage potential nursing professionals into the workforce would be to foster better work environments. Higher nurse to patient ratios, higher pay, full tuition assistance for higher education, tuition re-imbursement for already graduated nurses, improved healthcare benefits.
The Global nursing workforce and patient safety culture video discussed some of these topics. Poor work conditions and pay in other countries encourages these nurses to seek employment opportunities elsewhere. (Nurs 440-Issuesand trends in nursing, 2021)
Issues and trends in nursing (2021). Global nursing workforce and patient safety culture. Interactive video. Dashboard: https://webapps.srm-app.net/CanvasContent/SF/WCU_NURS_440_DE_TEMPLATE/Presentations/Week%205%20Presentations/story_html5.html (Retrieved October 4, 2021)
There will never be enough nurses and this will continue to be the problem in United States and other nations.
In my opinion, I do not think the United States are not putting resources into fixing the problem for instance in my hospital you get paid between $300 – $1000 if you pick an extra day to work. Resources are being poured in and even travel nurses are hired.
What could then be the problem? Nurses come and go . I mean some leave the profession, some travel to go live permanently in other countries and at worst some die .
Moreover, many are not interested in the nursing profession and that may be one of the reasons it seems resources are not being put in. Remember community Colleges are free for nursing students but yet it is not appealing to many.
The problem is not putting resources because much is already been made available but getting many to study the profession is the problem.
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I agree with you that nurses have a significant role to play in the attainment of sustainable development goal number three, which relates to health and welfare. Nurses can therefore play a significant role in ensuring that underserved populations across the world receive adequate and quality health care. By following the principle of justice, nurses can therefore be involved in various activities that promote access to health care services to underserved and marginalized populations. Nurses can also play a significant role in ensuring that people who come from marginalized societies and low-income groups are not left out of the provision of healthcare services. In this regard, nurses can be actively involved in lobbying and advocacy efforts to various local authorities to promote the use of health care services to underserved populations and marginalized groups (Aftab et al., 2020).
Aftab, W., Siddiqui, F. J., Tasic, H., Perveen, S., Siddiqi, S., & Bhutta, Z. A. (2020). Implementation of health and health-related sustainable development goals: progress, challenges, and opportunities – a systematic literature review. BMJ Global Health, 5(8), e002273. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjgh-2019-002273
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I agree with you that the Sustainable Development Goals play a significant role in providing appropriate enhancements, including community health nurses can utilize to improve the health populations. By pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals, community health nurses can therefore be able to understand the health challenges of the communities they serve, such as poverty, poor living conditions, climate, and environment. Understanding SDGs can therefore help community health nurses to understand that the health status of communities will not be only influenced by a single factor but will be greatly influenced by social and economic factors. Following the blueprint of SDGs, community health nurses can therefore be able to come up with sustainable ways of promoting health in communities. Innovative ways of promoting health in communities can therefore play a significant role in reducing health disparities (Dietler et al., 2019).
Dietler, D., Leuenberger, A., Bempong, N. E., Campbell-Lendrum, D., Cramer, C., Eggen, R. I. L., Erismann, S., Ferazzi, S., Flahault, A., Fletcher, H. A., Fuhrer, B., Fuhrimann, S., Greter, H., Heerdegen, A. C., Leach, M., Leissing, A., Lilje, J., Penny, M. A., Prytherch, H., . . . Utzinger, J. (2019). Health in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: from framework to action, transforming challenges into opportunities. Journal of Global Health, 9(2). https://doi.org/10.7189/jogh.09.020201
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I agree with you that the US would not require to recruit foreign nurses if there was a sufficient nursing education system. Currently, the nursing education system in the US is greatly underfunded and generally ignored by the necessary authorities. The lack of sufficient nursing faculty in educational systems and adequate facilities to provide the necessary education and training to nurses makes it difficult for the US to produce an adequate workforce. The lack of sufficient instructors in nursing schools and adequate facilities to train us makes us always have a significant shortage of nurses and other healthcare practitioners and rely on recruitment of foreign nurses to meet the demand for health care services. The best strategy that can be adapted to address the challenge of nursing shortages will therefore be for the government to provide adequate funding to nursing education systems and to improve the facilities that are needed to provide adequate education and training to nurses (Nevidjon & Erickson, J. ( 2018).
Nevidjon, B., & Erickson, J. (2018). “The Nursing Shortage: Solutions for the Short and Long Term.” Online Journal of Issues in Nursing. Vol. 6 No. 1, Manuscript 4. Available: www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ANAMarketplace/ANAPeriodicals/OJIN/TableofContents/Volume62001/No1Jan01/NursingShortageSolutions.aspx
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I agree with you that a general lack of interest of the general population and especially young people to pursue the profession of nursing is a significant challenge that contributes to the US relying on foreign nurse recruitment. The federal government and state governments have already taken numerous steps to promote interest in nursing careers, such as providing free education in community colleges and trying to improve the working conditions of nurses. However, the interest of young people in the nursing profession has remained significantly low, which is the main issue that contributes to nursing shortages in the US (Rosenberg, 2019).
Rosenberg, K. (2019). RN Shortages Negatively Impact Patient Safety. AJN, American Journal of Nursing, 119(3), 51. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.naj.0000554040.98991.23