Funding for healthcare is necessary for current reforms to happen in healthcare. I agree that federal programs need this to be distributed fairly. Even though legislations have been passed already, there is still less support for public health (Tillett, 2011). The Affordable Care Act is to take effect by phases and does not have a public option (Tillett, 2011). This should alert the government about possible funding options for the other possible programs. The current legislation is also vague about the inclusion of APN (Advance Practice Nurses). Although it does not exclude them, the provision only specifically mentioned the physicians. Therefore, more help is needed to provide funding for their application and education.
I agree that while Congress can pass policies, the involvement of medical practitioners such as nurses is important in policymaking. These health professionals play an important role in pointing out various healthcare issues that need to be addressed. The role of nursing is continuously evolving. It is now important for practitioners to collaborate not only with the communities they are involved but also the various agencies of the government (Kulbok, Thatcher, Park, & Meszaros, 2012). It is critical that those who are directly placed in the action can point out which issues need to be solved. I agree that these nurses are most suited to advocate the various healthcare topics that can potentially influence people’s lives.
I agree that there are a lot of perspectives available to nurses who are interested in having a career in public health. In fact, there is a great demand for them as there is a growing shortage of such practitioner (Savage & Kub, 2009). Even though some policies and programs were already implemented, there is still an expected shortage in this area of nursing. It is important to note that these medical practitioners have an important role in the field of medicine. This is why it is critical that these nurses are always adequate in number. In fact, some of the major advances in public health were made by leaders who were nurses. (Savage & Kub, 2009). Without their medical experience, they wouldn’t have made such breakthrough.
The term “Bioterrorism” is defined by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as the usage of toxins or dangerous microorganisms that came from living organisms to be able to produce sickness and even death primarily to humans, but can also affect both plants and other animals (retrieved from http://essayguard.com/services/essayontime). This kind of action is usually applied to warfare and is initiated by governments who encourage biological weapons. Bioterrorism is a dangerous tool for chemical warfare and can do major damage in various places, especially if communities were not prepared.
There are various ways to prepare for Bioterrorism. One important factor to consider is the initiative of the government. This is critical in having policies or programs that aim to help medical practitioners in times of attacks. Through the government’s intervention, possible difficulties during times of emergency could be avoided. This includes the possible military aid that could help medical practitioners in the field. Aside from critical involvement of the government, one should also consider the various characteristics of different biological agents. This includes different bacteria such as anthrax, plague, and cholera (Lathrop, P., & Mann, L.M., 2001). Proper identification should be able to help medical practitioners in making the right course of action during times of attack.
Aside from practical applications during times of attack, the duty of health care providers is also extended. They should be able to list various clinical circumstances that require immediate concerns. This involves suspicions regarding bioterrorism. Each medical practitioner should also be able to know how to respond to different bioterrorist attacks.
It is important to have a strategic disaster management plan in place to be able to identify correctly various emergencies and the procedures required to overcome it. This would avoid panic and wrong decisions during times of disaster. If there is no plan in place, various problems may arise during the actual emergency. By doing mocks and drills regarding specific disasters, medical practitioners are being given the right tools to prepare for any incoming danger (Wise, 2007). This includes the proper things to do and the correct equipment to bring. Through the proper knowledge and preparedness, a lot of the negative effects of the disasters can be alleviated, and although it may not be prevented, casualties can be decreased.
A strategic disaster management plan involves several key components to be able to prepare for any given emergency. Planning itself would be an important aspect of this program. Each medical practitioner should not be only equipped with the right physical tools but also with the correct knowledge. This includes a specific plan for what to do once a given disaster strikes. This would include activities before, during, and after the emergency. Implementation would be the most critical part of disaster management. The plan should be able to give specific guidelines on the correct things to do during emergencies. This would make implementation more accurate and can save lives and limbs. The evaluation would also be a key component in Disaster Management. There are always rooms for improvement. Whether it is a drill or an actual disaster, it should be properly assessed to be able to provide the correct course of action the next time the same happens again.