Participation barriers for nurses in healthcare development
There are several barriers to nurses’ participation in the development of health care policy at the state or national level or within an organization in the United States. A major hurdle is the lack of education or training in policy-making, which means that many nurses have very limited understanding about how policies are made and implemented. In many instances, nurses are not represented in governing bodies that set healthcare policy. Because of this, their perspective may not always be considered. There can also be substantial financial costs involved in these processes, which might limit access for some people and organizations.
Another factor that contributes to the low levels of nurse representation in healthcare policy is a sense of powerlessness among nurses due to institutional hierarchies; they may feel like their opinions don’t matter because they are lower on the organizational ladder. This further serves to reduce engagement in policy-making initiatives as nurses feel like they won’t be able to make a meaningful contribution even if they do participate.
Individuals who want to be involved in the health care policy process may also face cultural discrimination or prejudice. Female nurses might be discriminated by male colleagues who think that they are not allowed to influence policy related to medicine/healthcare.