Developing Organizational Healthcare Policies

Developing Organizational Healthcare Policies

Developing Organizational Healthcare Policies

Competing needs arise within any organization as employees seek to meet their targets and leaders seek to meet company goals. As a leader, successful management of these goals requires establishing priorities and allocating resources accordingly.



Within a healthcare setting, the needs of the workforce, resources, and patients are often in conflict. Mandatory overtime, implementation of staffing ratios, use of unlicensed assisting personnel, and employer reductions of education benefits are examples of practices that might lead to conflicting needs in practice.

Leaders can contribute to both the problem and the solution through policies, action, and inaction. In this Assignment, you will further develop the white paper you began work on in Module 1 by addressing competing needs within your organization.

To Prepare:

  • Review the national healthcare issue/stressor you examined in your Assignment for Module 1, and review the analysis of the healthcare issue/stressor you selected.
  • Identify and review two evidence-based scholarly resources that focus on proposed policies/practices to apply to your selected healthcare issue/stressor.

The Assignment (4-5 pages):

Developing Organizational Policies and Practices

Add a section to the paper you submitted in Module 1. The new section should address the following:

  • Identify and describe at least two competing needs impacting your selected healthcare issue/stressor.
  • Describe a relevant policy or practice in your organization that may influence your selected healthcare issue/stressor.
  • Critique the policy for ethical considerations, and explain the policy’s strengths and challenges in promoting ethics.
  • Recommend one or more policy or practice changes designed to balance the competing needs of resources, workers, and patients, while addressing any ethical shortcomings of the existing policies. Be specific and provide examples.
  • Cite evidence that informs the healthcare issue/stressor and/or the policies, and provide two scholarly resources in support of your policy or practice recommendations.

I have included the rubric and the prior assignment that pertains to this one.

Scrutiny of The Pertinent Healthcare Issue

The scarcity of nurses has continued to be a notable provocation in health care delivery not only at a national level but also globally. This implies that it has affected the quality of healthcare delivered to the patients, and also, it has negatively affected the sick people and the nurse’s contentment and motivation. At the global level, researchers have estimated that the shortage of nurses could go up to 13 million in the next one and a half-decade. Recently, there’s a shortage of close to 8 million nurses in the world. Several health organizations, including the world health organization, have expressed their concerns on this issue. Word health organization asserts that if this instance is not looked into, it will have dire inferences on the health of many people in the world. Also, the shortage has repressed the attainment of the set goals as far as quality healthcare is concerned. Also, if the issue is not given priority, it is likely to subvert the attainment of sustainable development goals. (Jiang et al., 2015)

The shortage of nurses is notably being encountered in my organization. Their inadequacy has resulted in the organization’s nurse encountering long working hours. Besides, the number of nurses per shift is quite small. As a result, the nurses are subjected to strain aggravation which may be reflected in the quality of the services delivered. The nurses are overworked and become exhausted both physically and mentally and as a consequence, they become inadequate in performing their duties. Apart from these stresses, there is insufficient leader support for the nurses that are essential in dealing with extreme cases such as death. Instances of medical error are also on the rise in the organization. Furthermore, there have been delays in meeting the patient’s needs, including compassion. Patients have also been dying following nurses’ ignorance. As a consequence of the stress experienced at the workplace by nurses, many have become unambitious and opted to leave the organization. Therefore, the scarcity of nurses has resulted in immoral acts that have put patients at risk. (Bittner & Bechtel, 2017)