Impact Of The Nursing Agenda For Health Care Reform

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Nursing Agenda for Health Care Reform Since 1989, The American Nurses Association (ANA) had tasked itself to improve the delivery of the health care system in the United States. As one of the major stakeholders of the industry, the ANA had closely monitored and noted “the overwhelming problems of the health care system in the country. In all the reforms that ANA had adopted, “ANA remained committed to the principle that all persons are entitled to ready access to affordable, quality heath care services (ANA, 2008, p. 1). Consequently, in 2008, ANA published an update of the 2005 ANA Health System Reform Agenda that reaffirmed the principle that “health care is a basic human right” (ANA, 2008, p. 1). In addition, ANA also agreed with the …show more content…

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The four areas of concern that were addressed by the ANA Agenda for Health Care Reform were critical issues that were found to be in need of “bold action” (ANA, 2008, p. 3) not only from the nursing profession but also from other stakeholders, e.g., “policy-makers, industry leaders, providers, and consumers” (ANA, 2008, p. 3) as well. The first issue of concern was access to health care. By access, ANA reiterated every person’s right to health care. Simply put, health care must be affordable, accessible, and acceptable. Quality care was the second issue that ANA addressed in its health care reform. Using the aims of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the ANA elaborated quality care as one that is “safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable” (ANA, 2008, p. 6). Quality care, as further described by the IOM is based on the “relationship between nurse staffing and patient outcome” (ANA, 2008, …show more content…

With the passage of the ACA, the Federal government in collaboration with the states, reformed the “healthcare system by giving more Americans access to quality, affordable health insurance” (Obama Care Facts, Summary, n.d.). Thus, the ANA Agenda for Reform had been partly achieved. In addition, the Agenda also served as a wake-up call that brought key nursing and patients’ issues to the fore, e.g., Safe Staffing, Safe Patient Handling, and Title VIII (Nursing Workforce Development) Funding (ANA, 2016), just to mention a

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  • Explains that the american nurses association (ana) had tasked itself to improve the delivery of the health care system in the united states.
  • Analyzes the four areas of concern addressed by the ana agenda for health care reform.
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