Nursing Workforce Development

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act clearly represents a movement toward much needed, comprehensive and meaning reform for our nation’s health care system. The Nursing Workforce Development programs will recruit new nurses, promote career advancement and improve patient care. These programs are also used to direct nurses in areas of greatest needs.

Public Health Workforce Loan Repayment Program assures an adequate supply of public health professionals to eliminate workforce shortages in public health agencies. In this program, HHS would repay up to 1/3 of loans incurred by a public health or health profession student in exchange for that student’s agreement to accept employment with a public health agency for 3 years.

This is a great program. It could possibly help decrease the shortage of nurses. This will definitely get the attention of a lot of new nurses. I think it’s a great idea to offer the nurses something valuable in exchange for their agreement to work for the company. This can bring aboard a lot of nurses. The more nurses a facility has, patient outcomes will improve. It will also decrease the workload on nurses. When the workload is decreased, nursing turnover rates will also decrease. Nurses will have more time to spend with their patients and educate them on their disease process or prevention tips. Patients will have an opportunity to ask questions without feeling like they are holding up the nurse. The patients will also be more ready to learn.

Nurse-Managed Health Centers authorizes grants that provide comprehensive primary care or wellness service without regard to income or insurance status for patients. These centers must provide care to underserved or vulnerable populations and be associated with an academic department of nursing, qualified health center or independent nonprofit health or social service agency.

These centers can help change lives. People that cant afford health care can be seen. Children living in poverty can be seen and vaccinated to prevent certain diseases. They wouldn’t have to worry about avoiding going to see a doctor because of their insurance or no insurance at all. This can have a big impact on nursing. Nurses can educate these populations on disease prevention and management.

American Nurses Association. “Key Provisions Related to Nursing”. Retrieved from http://www.rnaction.org/site/Docserver/KeyProvisions_Nursing-PublicLaw.pdf?doclD=1241&verID=1.

 

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