What is the framework suggested by the American Hospital Association to improve the health care of families (p.521) Analyze these guidelines and explain how Advanced Practice Nurses can contribute to these goals?
It is interesting to read this article from 2006 as it expresses many of the intended purposes of The Affordable Care Act of 2009, even suggesting that government-supported healthcare be modeled after that of Canada. The framework to improve healthcare in the United States, as suggested in the article is as follows:
- Every child should receive health care.
- Major illnesses and injury should not cause people to become penurious.
- Emergency services should be given to anyone who needs them, not just those who can pay.
- Poor and older Americans should always be taken care of, and Congress must not reduce Medicare or Medicaid.
- The government must commit to providing care management and other serves under all forms
- Those who are chronically ill, as well as others who are ill must not be prohibited from receiving insurance coverage.
In order to help alleviate the cost of these noble ideals, Advance Practice Nurses, those with post graduate degrees who have expertise in various areas, can alleviate any shortage of physicians or substitute for them, thereby costing the patient less. The areas in which nurses are educated accredited, and certified are as follows:
- Nurse Anesthetists (APRN) These nurses would be allowed to give anesthetics to people
- Nurse Midwives (CRM) These nurses could deliver babies under normal circumstances
- Clinical Nurse Specialists (CN) These nurses administer care across the continuum of nurse, patient, system.
- Nurse Practitioners (NP) These nurses have the authority to administer to people as a doctor with some limitations