Role of Nurses in Health Care Delivery

Roleof Nurses in Health Care Delivery

Roleof Nurses in Health Care Delivery

Nursesplay a critical role in health care delivery system. In essence, theyare the center of health care delivery as established in theinterview with nurses. Some of the roles plays by nurses indelivering care include safety of patients, leadership, and advocacyfor patients, clinical quality and advance practice. To begin with,nurses are responsible for the safety of patient in all matters. Theyhave to ensure that patients receive the correct medication, followinstructions to the letter and administering the necessary therapy asinstructed by a physician. Secondly, they are advocates of vulnerablepatients who do not know their rights. They report any issuesregarding patient abuse by physicians and other people includingsexual abuse, verbal abuse as well as misuse of certain expensivemedication or financial exploitation. In addition, the nurse isresponsible for clinical quality. He or she participates in policydevelopment and implementation to ensure that patients receivequality care. A nurse is also a leader who portrays leadership toother staff members, patients and relatives of the patient. Finally,besides providing basic care, nurses today take up advanced practice.Nurses such as clinical nurses, certified registered nurseanesthetics, and certified nurse midwives take roles which were oncereserved for physicians. They can provide direct care for adults orpediatric primary care, train staff, administer anesthesia anddeliver babies (Pender, Murdaugh, &amp Parsons, 2006).

Nursesare more of managers in health care delivery. In the interview, itwas evident that nurses take up management roles in a health caresetting. They are the ones who coordinate other staff members indelivering care to the patient and ensuring that the hospitalenvironment well organized. The nurse that I interviewed revealedthat, whereas there are administrators in a health care environment,their roles are unfelt as they usually work from an office setting.The nurse on the other hand is able to manage by walking around. Sheis always on the ground and understands better the challenges and thetribulation that patients and nurses as well as other staff undergo(Pender, Murdaugh, &amp Parsons, 2006). As such they are able tocontribute to policy making and implementation. Consequently healthcare delivery is improved for the well being of the patient and theworkforce in the health care environment.

Nursesfeel that that they should be actively involved in decision making inhealth care including cost containment. Whereas doctors havepreviously dominated issues in costs regarding health care, nursesfeel that they have a say in the discussion as much as otherstakeholders. In one instance a nurse provided an insight on how shediscussed with a patient on nasogastric tube. Whereas the doctorwanted x-rays to be taken first before the implementation of thetube, the nurse promised that she would monitor the patient for anysymptoms and signs of tube malfunction. This eliminated unnecessaryx-rays and waste of time which could be costly on the patient’sside. Consequently, it is pretty clear how nurses are critical incost containment in health care and they should be always beinvolved.

Conclusively,nurses play a critical role in health care and should always beinvolved in all issues including cost containment, leadership andpolicy making and implementation. With this insight, the interviewprovided first hand information on the nurses’ role and their viewson various issues on health care delivery system.


Pender,N. J., Murdaugh, C. L., &amp Parsons, M. A. (2006). Health promotionin nursing practice.