Nursing

News spotlight: Survey says nurses should have more influence on healthcare

Nurse Leader Insider, February 1, 2010

Want to receive articles like this one in your inbox? Subscribe to Nurse Leader Insider!

According to a recent survey conducted by Gallup on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), opinion leaders think nurses should have a larger influence on healthcare as a whole. The survey, Nursing Leadership from Bedside to Boardroom: Opinion Leaders’ Perceptions, asked more than 1,500 opinion leaders in the fields of insurance, corporate, health services, government and industry about nursing’s influence.

The results showed that although nurses are considered one of the most trusted sources for healthcare information, they have less influence than other fields in healthcare.

The survey describes areas where nurses should have more influence, including:

  • Reducing medical error
  • Increasing the quality of care
  • Promoting wellness
  • Improving efficiency
  • Reducing cost

"This survey shows that opinion leaders recognize that we are squandering opportunities to learn from nurses and implement their ideas," said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in an official statement on the Web site. "We must build on the widespread trust of nurses’ expertise as an essential component in leading and implementing reform."

Source: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation



Want to receive articles like this one in your inbox? Subscribe to Nurse Leader Insider!

Most Popular