The Nurses And The Nursing Practice Essay

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The three nurse colleagues have differing impressions with respect to the changes that the health care reform will bring about in their practice. After the presentation, a discussion was made on how the nurses will be impacted by the PPACA, and the prosperity and challenges nursing community may have in the evolving nursing practice. All agreed that nursing is a great profession and nurse are capable of acting as a driving force to achieve the objective of health care reform, and implementing continuity of care for the patients to manage chronic disease conditions. All acknowledged that higher education is key to success in nursing career and meeting the high expectations on the nurses, especially to fulfil the nurses’ roles in the emerging care delivery models. Two of the nurses hold optimistic views about the changes the health care reform will bring, but the other nurse is somewhat skeptical about the effectiveness of PPACA, and the nursing practice changes.
The nurse who is skeptical about the reform, thinks that the nursing evolution is pretty much theoretical only, and in her opinion the physician lobby who has strong influence in government will resist any changes that they think will impact their income. She is pessimistic about whether the physicians will be ready to acknowledge full practice authority across the nation. She has pointed out that even in Illinois, which is her home state, nurse practitioners have only restricted practice authority.…

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