Tuesday, 13 July 2010: 10:30 AM
Globalization has resulted in an unprecedented shift in most countries’ demographics, including the U.S; increasing the diversity of both providers and consumers of healthcare services. The changes that are occurring due to globalization present opportunities specifically for healthcare leaders who must ensure that their clinicians have the skills, competencies and resources necessary to work collaboratively among themselves, as well as meeting the unique needs of increasingly diverse patient populations. Nursing, a global profession, must uphold the strength that lies in diversity by embracing difference and promoting an inclusive environment. Nurse leaders have the responsibility of creating a compelling vision and providing the resources necessary to materialize the vision. Leaders must institute programs and policies that respond to the products of globalization. Staff at all levels of the organization must be engaged in the process and held accountable for their actions!