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The Future of Healthcare Lies with Nurses

by Alisha Bhagat, Sep 13
1 minute read

Nurses comprise a major portion of the US health workforce. At 4 million, they are the most populous group of healthcare professionals. Nurses are highly trusted but in order to continue to provide care need to be better supported by the system. The Center to Champion Nursing in America, launched by the AARP, seeks to ensure that there are enough nurses now and into the future.

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So what?

Since the COVID pandemic, the importance of nurses has become more prominent. As frontline workers, nurses have died taking care of those suffering from COVID. As policymakers plan to rebuild the economy and reform healthcare, nursing must be reformed as well.

Some of the requests are funding for PPE and preparedness, public health nursing, and support for nursing education. In recognition of a looming nursing shortage with the aging of the workforce, nursing advocates seek to reduce barriers for highly qualified nurses abroad to practice in the United States.

How do we support the nursing profession by enabling needed training, fair wages and working conditions, and greater diversity?

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by Alisha Bhagat Spotted 14 signals

Alisha Bhagat is a futurist whose work focuses on the creative use of futures tools to impact long term positive change, particularly around social justice and equality. For the past seven years, she has worked at Forum for the Future, a non-profit that helps organizations think systemically and sustainably about the future. Alisha brings a broad toolkit to her work and designs games, creates immersive experiences, and brings the future to life. Prior to joining Forum, Alisha was a foreign policy consultant for the US government and a fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu. Alisha holds an MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a BS in Anthropology and History from Carnegie Mellon University. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship in 2005. When not thinking about the future, Alisha is an avid gamer and science fiction enthusiast. She is also president of the board of BitchMedia, a feminist media organization.

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