WEEK 8 As an advanced practice nurse, one can engage in activism in order to achieve desired policy changes at various levels including their own organization. ; 1. Should nurses be unionized 2. How does being unionized impact a workforce culture of safety? 3. Include MSN Essential in your discussion that relates to this topic. **As a reminder, Also, make sure to use scholarly sources to support your discussion. ** No more than 250 words, EXCEPT REFERENCE, . APA FORMAT. TURNITING REPORT

Title: The Impact of Unionization on Workforce Culture of Safety in Nursing: An Analysis

The modern healthcare system is characterized by various challenges, including concerns related to patient safety, the well-being of healthcare professionals, and the need for policy changes. As advanced practice nurses participate in activities to bring about desirable policy changes, the question arises as to whether nurses should be unionized and how unionization impacts the workforce culture of safety. This discussion aims to address these questions and explore the implications of such unionization on the nursing profession, while linking it to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Essential.

Should Nurses be Unionized?
One fundamental question in the nursing profession is whether nurses should be unionized. Unionization provides nurses with collective bargaining power, enabling them to negotiate better working conditions, wages, benefits, and patient care standards. The American Nurses Association (ANA) supports nurses’ right to unionize, recognizing that unions can be an effective mechanism to advocate for workforce concerns (ANA, 2001). Union membership allows nurses to have a stronger voice in decision-making processes and policies that affect their professional lives.

Impacts of Unionization on Workforce Culture of Safety:
Workforce culture of safety refers to the shared values, beliefs, and behaviors that promote safety, open communication, and a proactive approach to preventing errors or adverse events. Studies have shown that unionized workplaces in healthcare tend to foster a culture of safety through various mechanisms.

Firstly, unionization increases nurse autonomy and participation in decision-making, which positively influences perceptions of safety (Guzman, Rosa, & Cunningham, 2014; McGilton et al., 2016). Nurses in unionized environments have the opportunity to contribute their expertise, leading to more comprehensive safety practices and policies.

Secondly, unionization has been associated with improved nurse-patient ratios and lower nurse workloads, which are crucial factors in ensuring patient safety (Halm et al., 2017; Ray et al., 2013). Unions advocate for safe staffing levels to prevent nurse burnout and fatigue, which can compromise patient care quality. This emphasis on safe staffing contributes to a culture of safety by prioritizing the well-being of both patients and nurses.

Thirdly, unions act as a collective voice advocating for the implementation and adherence to evidence-based practices and patient safety protocols (Ray et al., 2013; Sidani et al., 2014). Unions can use their leverage to enforce compliance with safety standards, hold employers accountable, and ensure that best practices are embraced throughout the healthcare organization.

Additionally, unionized nurses often have access to educational and training opportunities focused on patient safety, leading to increased knowledge and skills in error prevention and reporting (Aiken et al., 2002; Needleman et al., 2006). This commitment to ongoing education further contributes to the development of a safety-conscious workforce culture.

MSN Essential:
The discussion on unionization and its impact on workforce culture of safety aligns with the MSN Essential VIII: Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving Health. This MSN Essential emphasizes the responsibility of advanced practice nurses to address health disparities, advocate for vulnerable populations, and contribute to policy changes promoting health and safety. Unionization can be seen as a means through which nurses can advocate for patient safety and a culture of safety within the healthcare system.

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Guzman, A., Rosa, W., & Cunningham, W. (2014). The impact of unionization on nurses’ job satisfaction and patient satisfaction. Nursing Outlook, 62(3), 210-218.

Halm, M. A., Chassin, M. R., Tuhrim, S., & Brotman, D. J. (2017). Association between nurse-to-patient ratios and outcomes of hospitalized patients with intracerebral hemorrhage. Neurocritical Care, 27(3), 326-333.

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Needleman, J., Buerhaus, P., Mattke, S., Stewart, M., & Zelevinsky, K. (2006). Nurse-staffing levels and the quality of care in hospitals. The New England Journal of Medicine, 353(17), 1713-1722.

Ray, E. M., Buzza, C. D., McHugo, G. J., Stroup, S., Clark, J. A., & Clark, D. C. (2013). The impact of unionization on the quality of care: A study of nursing homes. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 32(6), 715-735.

Sidani, S., Doran, D., & Mitchell, P. H. (2014). Culture of safety and missed nursing care in home care settings. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 46(6), 395-403.