Leadership and Health Policy

The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) program will arm me with the knowledge and skills required to secure new job opportunities. The course will also prepare me sufficiently to provide quality and holistic care to patients based on evidence and nursing theories. The specialized training and expertise that I will receive will uniquely position me to inform healthcare policies either on a local or federal level. The course will contribute to my career growth. I will enjoy better job stability, salary raise, and enhanced leadership opportunities. I do not belong to any nursing organization. However, I plan on joining the American Nurses Association (ANA) in the future. Currently, I do not possess any leadership skills. The APRN program will prepare me for advanced leadership roles in family medicine. 

The first pressing concern in my practice is the shortage of providers due to voluntary turnover. An onboarding program that makes staff feel welcome is a viable solution to the providers shortage problem (Valdes et al., 2021). The onboarding program would also foster cohesiveness and provider autonomy, thus reducing voluntary turnover. Another effective solution is to invest in professional development and training to enhance provider retention.

Long patient wait times is the other significant pressing concern I have encountered is. Many patients leave because they are dissatisfied with the wait times. Long wait times contribute to a wide range of public health concerns such as limited access to care, interruption of hospital work patterns, and increased patient dissatisfaction (McIntyre & Chow, 2020). Automation is an effective way to reduce wait times, for example, by implementing a queue management system. Implementing a queue management system has been shown to reduce waiting times and enhance patient satisfaction (Bidari et al., 2021). The system would further help the family medicine clinic meet healthcare demand. 


Bidari, A., Jafarnejad, S., & Faradonbeh, N. A. (2021). Effect of Queue Management System on Patient Satisfaction in Emergency Department; a Randomized Controlled Trial. Archives of Academic Emergency Medicine9(1), e59-e63. https://dx.doi.org/10.22037%2Faaem.v9i1.1335

McIntyre, D., & Chow, C. K. (2020). Waiting time as an indicator for health services under strain: a narrative review. INQUIRY: The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing57, 1-15. https://dx.doi.org/10.1177%2F0046958020910305

Valdes, E. G., Sembar, M. C., & Sadler, F. (2021). Onboarding new graduate nurses using assessment-driven personalized learning to improve knowledge, critical thinking, and nurse satisfaction. Journal for Nurses in Professional Development, 1(1), 1-6.  https://doi.org/10.1097/nnd.0000000000000805