There has been much discussion in the media and among professional nursing and medical organizations regarding the impact the Affordable Care Act, the health care law that was passed March 2010 on providers of healthcare. It is an understatement to suggest that this law will impact all levels of providers within the healthcare system and it is important that we as providers and caregivers alike understand the impact the Affordable Care Act will have on our current and future roles as nurses and physicians. I encourage you to read this very positive article from the New England Journal of Medicine: Perspective (see link below). I also encourage you to stay informed and involved with your professional organizations and state licensing boards as we embark on certain changes in the way we deliver health care.
Broadening the Scope of Nursing Practice
National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
American College of Nurse Practitioners