Benchmark – Capstone Change Project Objectives
Problem is Staffing Shortages:
Review your problem or issue and the cultural assessment. Consider how the findings connect to your topic and intervention for your capstone change project. Write a list of three to five objectives for your proposed intervention. Below each objective, provide a one or two sentence rationale.
After writing your objectives, provide a rationale for how your proposed project and objectives advocate for autonomy and social justice for individuals and diverse populations.
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This benchmark assignment assesses the following programmatic competencies:
RN to BSN
1.5: Advocate for autonomy and social justice for individuals and diverse populations.
Benchmark – Capstone Change Project Objectives
Nursing shortages are one of the most significant challenges in the US, with the shortage being driven by numerous factors, including increasing demand for health care services and fewer people deciding to pursue a nursing career. The aging population has therefore been one of the most significant contributors to the increasing challenge of nursing shortages in healthcare facilities (Shah et al., 2021).
Objective for the Proposed Intervention
- Expanding nursing Faculty By at least 25% countrywide
One of the objectives that can go a long way in helping to address the challenge of nursing shortages across the US is expanding the nursing faculty in nursing colleges by at least 25% across the US. One of the main contributors to the nursing shortage has been the low production of nurses from different schools across the country. Most nursing colleges are not able to enroll a large number of students because of the lack of faculty members (Marć et al., 2018). Increasing the faculty members by at least 25% in all nursing colleges across the US can play a significant role in dealing with the challenge of nursing shortages as more students will be offered an opportunity to pursue nursing.
- Creating a clear career path and Leadership development opportunities for nurses Across all health care facilities
One of the biggest contributors to the challenge of nursing shortages across different healthcare facilities in the US is high staff turnover. Most nurses cite a lack of job satisfaction and lack of prospects as some of the contributing reasons for deciding to quit nursing (Rosenberg, 2019). Having a clear career path and leadership development opportunities across healthcare facilities can play a significant role in boosting job satisfaction and employee retention of nurses (Rosenberg, 2019). Leadership and career development opportunities help to retain both nurses and nursing assistants who would have long-term positions in healthcare facilities and numerous career advancement opportunities.
- Providing tangible and intangible incentives to support evidence-based practices in health care facilities.
To address the challenge of nursing shortages, healthcare facilities have come up with both tangible and intangible incentives to support evidence-based practice. By providing incentives for nurses to utilize evidence-based practice, the challenge of nursing shortages can therefore be adequately addressed since numerous evidence-based practices help to promote efficiency and eventually contribute to reducing the shortage of nurses. Nurses who utilize evidence-based practices will have lesser workloads and therefore be able to effectively attend to patients (Shah et al., 2021).
- Providing more opportunities for marginalized communities to join nursing practice
The challenge of nursing shortages disproportionately affects marginalized communities, including low-income groups and racial minorities. Providing opportunities for marginalized communities to pursue nursing can help to address the challenge of nurse shortages in such communities. The trained nurses would therefore be more inclined to serve their communities (Nevidjon & Erickson, 2016).
How Your Proposed Project and Objectives Advocate For Autonomy and Social Justice for Individuals and Diverse Populations
The proposed project and objectives of addressing the challenge of nursing shortages in healthcare facilities contribute significantly to autonomy and social justice for individuals and diverse populations. Having adequate nurses can contribute significantly to social justice in that every individual will be able to access healthcare which is a basic human right. Having adequate nurses would also promote autonomy for both individuals and a diverse population that would be able to access healthcare services from healthcare practitioners who value autonomy.
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Shah, M. K., Gandrakota, N., Cimiotti, J. P., Ghose, N., Moore, M., & Ali, M. K. (2021). Prevalence of and Factors Associated With Nurse Burnout in the US. JAMA Network Open, 4(2), e2036469. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.36469