Corporate ideology remains an order of the day in most sectors of the economy due to the tremendous effects of globalization in the world’s market. As a result, reforms have intensified in many firms as they strive to curb competition. Health sector is no stranger to such strategies and it has also tried to embrace the ideology. However, it is not advisable for this vital sector to use such an ideology because it serves a great percentage of the world’s population. Despite the norm that profit oriented businesses normally perform well, health care units need to revisit this idea and work for the good of all. The most controversial part of this dynamic change is that they have been used for selfish interest as customers suffer from the lack of quality goods and services. Today, health care is a basic human want and everyone would prefer to have the best part of it. Moreover, the majority of customers are old, poor and very vulnerable. As a result, running the provision of the service with a motive of making profit will be like depriving them from the right to live. Therefore, it is important for nurses to work with a positive aim of providing quality health care to their patients and for the good of all in the community. The intent of this essay is to emphasize the need for teamwork in nursing to provide quality health care rather than the perspective of making money.
It is noted that most governments have enacted policies aimed at improving their economic situation. However, health care departments should be given a proper consideration to ensure that they work for the common good of all. Although we are in an era where commercialization is the driving force, there are some ways that can be used to ensure that the economy does not collapse and the living standards of the citizens will improve. Therefore, it is necessary to give the view of corporate ideology a sociological analysis in order to understand the importance of taking care of the needs of others for the benefit of the society at large.
It is noted that drastic changes in the global market has made the health sector to work under stringent conditions in order to remain stable. Lack of adequate resources has created pressure on both the government and the health workers at large. Limited factors of productions have, therefore, forced many organizations to device ways of meeting their demands for the growth of the economy. Consequently, health care quality has declined as new changes had been adopted. A number of problems have persistently increased, affecting almost all the operations of the economy. This is because corporate ideology is used wrongly in manning health care units. Furthermore, the government has failed in equitable distribution of the national cake including health care to its population.
Consequences of Corporate Ideology on Nurses’ Work
As more awareness of making money seeps into the minds of health care providers, some people are join the nursing profession with a purpose of earning a lot of money. However, this is a misleading notion that ought to be erased in our minds. The aftermath of this corporate ideology on health profession is unpopular because it spreads to other areas of social life. To begin with, the nursing work becomes stressful as they must work for a long duration in order to make a lot of money. The workload will make nurses not to have much time with their families because they have to stay at work to attend to several customers. As a result, most social ties are broken as people concentrate on work. Secondly, nurses will be forced to succumb to the pressure of attending to different casualties within a short period of time. This is very hectic and denies the health workers in the sense of job satisfaction. Thirdly, tension and uncertainty may occur in the health care unit when some of the nurses are dismissed to cut on the costs of management. For instance, replacing nurse practitioners with care aides may provide unfavorable environment for the rest. Decision making process may become ineffective when nurses are not given an opportunity to interact with their managers. Thus, formulation of policies affecting nursing practice cannot take place since there is no chance to participate in task forces and committees. Finally, nurses may be exposed to emotional and psychological problems when dealing with different patients, which may result in delivery of poor health care services.
Roles of the Nurses
It is the responsibility of the nurses to ensure that quality health care is provided as they also get to enjoy their work. The existing ideologies ought to be reviewed because they help nurses in shaping their work and the environment as a whole. Nurses should not undermine their own values, but make use of every opportunity to provide good health care services. For example, the code of ethics outlined for the registered nurses helps in the development of their moral values. This enables them to become accountable for every activity they undertake, act fairly, and work for the well-being of the community. Working together with others enables a nurse to be able to have good environment to ensure ethical care for the best outcome of the patients. Moreover, nurses should understand that nursing is a limited resource; hence, they need to join hands in securing the available resources to get additional nurses. Furthermore, they ought to identify problems and document them consistently.
Nurses should engage in activities that are driven toward providing better health care, even if it involves defying the odds. For instance, formulating policies and organizing campaigns for research on nursing practices and demonstrate how they are cost effective to provide uniform healthcare for everyone. This will require nurses to undermine the corporate ideology in order to advocate for the needs of the patients (Varcoe and Rodney, 2002).Consequently, people in the environment will develop a rapport with nurses as relationship and efficient reputation of the nursing profession will be built. Finally, nurses must be in a position to value nonphysical care and control their work by providing both social and emotional support for their patients.
Ideology of Scarcity
Limited resources have also affected the provision of health care in many nations. Scarcity occurring may be fiscal or crisis. The fiscal scarcity emanates from the shortage of financial resources; for example, to hire and employ qualified staff in health care units. Crisis scarcity arises from inadequate resources to solve a crisis situation, like medical care attention required during an emergence such as accident. Therefore, the government has established strategies such as privatization of hospitals and hiring of health care workers in an attempt to reduce the cost of providing health care services. Basically, nurses should learn on how to comply with the shortage of resources. According to nurses, whenever there is a problem of scarcity of resources, they respond immediately to ensure optimal level of health in the community.
In most situations, nurses opt to adopt the use of rationing system and use the limited resources available. For example, the number of available hospital beds is reduced by rationing. The remaining beds are spread among patients who need them by making them thinner than they were. In addition, they reduce on the duration of staying in the hospital and rarely admit patients. Due to the reduced number of patients in the hospitals, some staff members are laid off their duties. The remaining health workers are finally compelled to multitasking in order to provide quality care (Varcoe and Rodney, 2002). However, limited resources pollute the name of hospitals as nurses in those hospitals have to choose patients to be admitted. Generally, the scarcity of resources costs the provision of health care a great deal. As a result, the quality of health care reduces since the needs of the patients are overlooked into.