The Impact of the IOM Report on Nursing Essay

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The Impact of the IOM Report on Nursing
The Affordable Care Act was passed on March 23rd, 2010 and is part of the health reform which increases benefits provided by insurance companies. In Wisconsin insurance companies are now required to cover all preventative care, they are prohibited from dropping coverage of those who are diagnosed with costly diseases, they are unable to make an annual or lifetime limit, and soon they will be unable to “discriminate against anyone with a pre-existing condition” (Health care law, n.d., para. 1-2). “ The new law also makes a significant investment in State and community-based efforts that promote public health, prevent disease and protect against public health emergencies” (Health care
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An example of this is that a nurse can specialize in educating patients on how to manage their chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. The same nurse can educate the community on wellness and preventative measures for diabetes and hypertension. Nurses can coordinate the patient’s care and carry out many of the duties required for their care. This decreases the amount of time required for the main provider, allowing them to see more patients. This will help increase patient satisfaction, and allow the main provider to see more patients or see those who are more critical (IOM, 2011). “If the United States is to achieve this necessary transformation of its health care system, the evidence points to the importance of relying on nurses in enhanced and reconceptualized roles” (IOM, 2011, p. 95)
There are many way in which nurses could contribute leadership to improve the health care system to provide advance patient care. IOM states that, “serving as strong patient advocates, nurses must be involved in decision making about how to improve the delivery of care” (IOM, 2011, p. 222). In order to have a voice in the health care reform, nurses need to take opportunities to be involve in committees or board meetings and participate in making policies. The IOM “committee believes there will be numerous opportunities for nurses to help develop and implement care
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