Sphere 2: workforce and workplace
Outside of the workplace, policy is made that influences the size and composition of the nursing workforce
ACA authorizes increased funding for scholarships and loans for nursing education, potentiallly augmenting existing workforce programs funded under title 7 and 8
nurses work in a variety of settings: hospitals, clinics, schools, private sector firms, government agencies, military services, research centers, nursing homes , home health agencies
All of these environments are political ones: resources finite, and nurses must work in each to influence the allocation of organizational resources
Policies guide many activities in the health care workplaces where nurses are employed
Many that affect nursing a pt care are INTERNAL organizational policies such as staffing policies, clinical procedures, and pt care guidelines.
EXTERNAL: operative in health care workplace also: for ex: state laws regulating nursing licensure and immunization requirements of clinical practitioners