NRS-440VN Topic 1 DQ 2: Healthcare Reform And Roles Of Nurses
Explain how health care reform has helped shift the focus from a disease-oriented health care system to one of wellness and prevention., Discuss ways in which health care will continue this trend and explain the role of nursing in supporting and facilitating this shift., In replies to peers provide an example of wellness and prevention initiatives your organization or specialty area has in place.
Health care reform has played a key role in shifting the focus from a disease-oriented health care system to one of wellness and prevention. This shift is largely driven by a recognition that a focus on prevention can lead to better health outcomes, lower healthcare costs, and improved patient satisfaction.
One way in which health care reform has helped support this shift is by providing funding and incentives for wellness and prevention initiatives. For example, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) established the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which provides funding for evidence-based programs that focus on preventing chronic diseases and promoting healthy lifestyles.
Health care will continue this trend in the future by incorporating technology and data analytics to support wellness and prevention initiatives. For example, wearable technology and telehealth services will allow patients to monitor their health and receive care remotely, reducing the need for in-person visits.
The role of nursing in supporting and facilitating this shift is critical. Nurses are often the first point of contact for patients and play a key role in promoting health and preventing illness. They can educate patients about healthy behaviors and support patients in making lifestyle changes. Nurses can also help integrate technology and data analytics into the care delivery process, making it easier for patients to access information and support.
In my organization, we have a number of wellness and prevention initiatives in place, including health screenings, health fairs, and education programs on topics such as healthy eating, physical activity, and stress management. Additionally, we have implemented a patient portal that allows patients to access their health information and communicate with their care team, which has been instrumental in promoting self-care and improving patient engagement.