By Bonnie Carl, RN, MBA
In April, four months after full implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Reform Realtime readers responded to a survey on the biggest pressures facing their hospitals. Respondents were a mixed group of administrators, healthcare professionals and consultants.
Reform Realtime also spoke with several physicians, who weighed in on recent changes and challenges.
But doctors aren't the only ones impacted by healthcare reform. Nurses are poised to play a key role in care coordination and the delivery of services like chronic disease management and preventative care.
In fact, a 2010 Institute of Medicine report recommended that nurses "be full partners, with physicians and other health professionals, in redesigning health care in the United States."
However, four years later, significant barriers remain to nurses' full participation in improving the healthcare system.
In today's post, I'll provide a nurse's perspective on the pressures facing hospitals. I'll also discuss the impact of reform on our profession and the value of involving nurses in reform efforts.