Reforms in the nations healthcare system to ensure the provision and access to quality and affordable health care.
The new legislation was passed to facilitate reforms in the nation’s healthcare system to ensure the provision and access to quality and affordable health care to the American people. In addition, it has had positive impacts on the nursing profession in that it caters for education of licensed nurses and provide them with a favorable working environment with an aim to offering better health services to the nation.
In my view, one of the most important nursing provision in the act is the Primary Care Workforce under the Nursing workforce provision. The nursing profession is deemed to gain from this provision as it promotes Nursing Workforce Development Programs. Nurses that become part of the Public Health Service Corps will participate in routine training, involuntary calls to national duties during national emergencies and be available to serve in underserved communities (PPACA, Section 5210). This promotes career advancements within the nursing profession and it improves patient care delivery into areas with the greatest need for example areas that are geographically isolated and economically disadvantaged.
Advanced Practice Registered Nurses have also included in the healthcare reform. They include registered nurses with specialty training in primary care for example, nurse practitioners, nurse mid-wives and clinical nurse specialists (Goudreau & Smolenski, 2014). The legislation has fostered for Graduate Nurse Education by setting aside $50 million per year for FY2012 through FY2015 to establish a graduate nurse education demonstration program in Medicare. This means that the nurses would have open opportunities for training, as up to five qualified hospitals would be funded to cater for their educational costs, clinical instructions costs and any other direct or indirect cost (No author found, 2010).
Goudreau, K. & Smolenski, M. (2014). Health policy and advanced practice nursing: impact and implications. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company, LLC.