The safety of the public depends on regulations that are created to ensure that health care professionals adhere to acceptable standards of care and practice. Quality health care that is acceptable and viable can be available to many members of the community when the regulatory practices are sincere and fairly administered. Licensed professionals are held to a standard of care that should guarantee that the receivers of care recognize the expected and proper outcomes of the care that was provided.
Take Away Notes:
• The need for regulations in Healthcare. Individuals may not take it upon themselves practice health care without a license in a different community or country. The regulations exist to protect the public from charlatans
• Re-training and educating health care professionals is a practical solution to the health professional manpower shortage in diverse high usage areas. There are many educated and trained physicians and other health care workers who are living abroad or in other countries for various reasons. Bringing those professionals out of the shadows and re-training them to provide a new level of health care to the areas in the community or within the global society where there is a need will enhance the health of many who would not have access otherwise. It will also encourage the foreign trained health care professionals, primarily physicians, to provide the type of quality care that they intended to practice in their home countries. Health care education and practice have many duplicate courses and skills across health care professionals’ training. Communities can use the duplication as a jump start for retraining and re-educating the professional at a different level to provide care to a particular community. Regulatory practices are critical to determine that the public is protected and that individuals who claim to be educated in a profession are actually skilled and competent within an identified scope of practice within the healthcare profession
• Educating and training foreign trained physicians, other professional health therapists to become professional nurses and/or advanced practice nurses provide a successful method to populate the health professional man power shortage areas. These skilled professionals tend to learn the art and science of nursing, particularly the skills at a rapid pace. It takes longer to change attitudes and behaviors related to the theories related to nursing practice and the limitations on advanced practice when the new student in nursing was once the “captain” of the ship and wrote the “orders” for nurses to follow and now, realizing that nursing is its own profession and works with other health care professionals to provide the quality care that the clients deserve and expect. There are several programs for FTP’s in the US. It is common that thestudents in these nursing programs believe that they do not really need the education, just the license. However, when asked nursing questions or when testing on nursing content, they do no perform well. It does not take long for the motivated FTP to accept the idea of “thinking like a nurse” in order to experience success in the course work and on the national examinations. Faculty and managers must take into consideration that the scope of practice for professional nursing and advanced practice nursing maybe unknown to these new professionals. The curriculum should be designed to focus on the desired health care outcomes for the program and then work on the student level expected course outcomes