HEALTH POLICY 4
TheUnited States, just like other societies around the world, isexperiencing changes in the clinical practice. As such, thegovernment, in close collaboration with the stakeholders, has been atthe forefront of advocating for better policies and legislations.Currently, there are numerous legislations under the Senate andCongress to assist in streamlining the industry. The changesexperienced in the health sector require the caregivers to haveprerequisite skills and knowledge to offer treatment services.Further, there is an emerging trend where some health conditions areturning out to be complicated while the facilities are gettingover-stretched. With the passage of the AffordableCare Act,many people qualify to seek health services from the facilitiesprovided by the government. Moreover, the shortage of nurses andclinicians in the country has necessitated the need to provideopportunities that will see advanced training for specialists(Auerbach, Staiger, Muench, & Buerhaus, 2013). The highlightedlegislation comes at an appropriate time to assist in addressing thegaps experienced in the provision of health care services.
Thepaper will explore a piece of regulation introduced in the house ofCongress in 2015, although it is yet to undergo all the stages beforethe president finally assents it. In particular, this paper willdiscuss the NursingWorkforce Reauthorization Act of 2015.The bill aims at amending the current PublicHealth Service Act toextend to 2020 financial year. It touches on several nursing programssuch as advanced education, scholarships, loan repayments, and nurseretention, among others.
Thepolicy seeks to review the advanced education nursing grant programto ensure the inclusion of nurse leaders and educational programs fornurses. Doing so will ensure that clinical nurse leader educationprograms qualify for grants from the federal government. It isnoteworthy that clinical nurse leaders undertake responsibilities toenhance the outcomes for the patients and at the organizationallevel. The bill also proposes that clinical nurse specialist programsmust offer registered nurses with full-time specialist education.Such educational program must have a range of care services toqualify for advanced education nursing grants (Library of Congress,2016).
Thebill was sponsored by Capps Lois and introduced into the House ofRepresentatives in October 2015. It passed through the committees ofEnergy and Commerce and Health,Education, Labor, and Pensionsin the Senate. The policy was received by the Senate in November 2016after it was read twice before referring it to the Health,Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (Libraryof Congress, 2016). The primary beneficiaries of the bill are thenurses and clinicians. Under the Advanced Registered NursePractitioner (ARPN) program, clinicians and nurses will benefitthrough the acquisition of advanced knowledge to improve outcomes.The APRN is a major stakeholder in the formulation and development ofthe bill. Studies reflect that advanced training in nursing haspositive effects on the nature of clinical outcomes (Gardner,Duffield, Doubrovsky, & Adams, 2016). The proposed regulationwill also ensure better coordination among the professionals workingin a clinical setting. Improved knowledge will also result in acomprehensive understanding of the needs of the patients (Scanlon,Smolowitz, Honig, & Barnes, 2015).
Inconclusion, the nursing practice requires support from the governmentthrough increased funding for the educational programs. The ARPNprogram will accomplish numerous benefits whereby the clinicalworkforce will have improved skills and competencies. It is alsonotable that the changes in the industry will demand increasedknowledge that will contribute to positive results.
Auerbach,D. I., Staiger, D. O., Muench, U., & Buerhaus, P. I. (2013). Thenursing workforce in an era of health care reform. NewEngland Journal of Medicine,368(16),1470-1472.
Gardner,G., Duffield, C., Doubrovsky, A., & Adams, M. (2016). Identifyingadvanced practice: A national survey of a nursing workforce.Internationaljournal of nursing studies,55,60-70.
Libraryof Congress. (2016). H.R.2713- Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2016.Retrieved December 30, 2016, fromhttps://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2713/text
Scanlon,A., Smolowitz, J., Honig, J., & Barnes, K. (2015). Building thenext generation of advanced practice nurses through clinicaleducation and faculty practice: Three international perspectives.ClinicalScholars Review,8(2),249-257.