Healthcare Reform : The United States ( U.s. )

1722 Words Jun 27th, 2015 7 Pages
Healthcare reform in the United States (U.S.), continues to be a hot topic in the news. Whether it discusses how the program will be financed, the need to redesign the organization, or how the process of delivering healthcare will be implemented; one thing that is a frontrunner, is the need for registered nurses (RNs) and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to fill the increased demands on the primary care system (Institute of Medicine, & Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2011, p. 375). “Several programs and initiatives included in the health reform legislation involve interdisciplinary and cross-setting care coordination and care management services of RNs” (Institute of Medicine, & Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2011, p. 377). As a result, the need for RNs and APRNs will continue to increase, as the population has increased access to healthcare coverage, services, and service locations (Institute of Medicine, & Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2011, p. 381). Therefore, the nursing profession will require a more competent nursing workforce (Nickitas, 2010, p. 225). I agree with the mindset of RNs and APRNs having increased nursing education requirements. Initially, when I was a student in the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program, as well as when I was working as a RN, I never thought I would need to return to college to further my education. However, after taking the time to read articles about the future of nursing, I quickly realized the importance of…
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