Educate with this big picture look at the external forces affecting the nursing profession


Use this tool to engage people about the external forces impacting your team and the nursing profession experience.

  • Broaden perspectives about what’s driving change
  • Generate strategic thinking
  • Set the context for operational change
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There are many external forces exerting change on physician groups. We have chosen to focus on the following:

  1. Short-staffing levels
    • Experienced nurses are retiring
    • Too few nurses for too many patients
    • Cost cutting
    • Long shifts
  2. Hazards and Dangers
    • Diseases and pathogens
    • Needles and sharps
    • Illness & injuries
  3. Workplace violence
    • Physical violence
    • Bullying and harassment
  4. Lower Gratification
    • Lack of respect
    • Moral distress (when you can’t provide care you think is necessary)
    • Pay gaps and variances
  5. Dysfunctional Team
    • Unwelcoming veteran nurses
    • Poor on-boarding
    • Lack of communication
  6. Growing Demands
    • Expanding role in patient care management
    • Evidence-based practice
    • New technologies
    • EHR and other paperwork

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Use this visual metaphor to help people organize their thoughts about the external forces exerting change on the nursing profession.

  • Drive strategic discussions among leaders
  • Equip managers with information that will aid their decision making
  • Prepare your employees for upcoming changes in response to a changing environment.
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Coming Soon:

You’ve learned about the six powerful external forces causing upheaval for the nursing profession. But that’s not the end of the story.

There are nine major internal factors that are enabling the nursing profession to improve patient outcomes and the way it does business. Use HealthyIQ’s Nursing Profession: Internal Big Picture to learn—and explain to others—why and how nursing is changing. Sign up to get a notification when it’s released!