New Jersey and New York Educators Help Future Nurses Understand Healthcare Reform

Nursing schools are refining course content to prepare future nurses for healthcare reform - read article at

by Kathleen McKeever | October 15, 2013

Tags: education, practice, new-jersey, new-york

Danielle Sullivan

As a nursing student, I found this article to be very interesting. Patients look to their nurses and physicians for guidance and information regarding the options they have in health care. Nurses need to be knowledgeable regarding the health care reform in order to effectively help their patients. I think giving nursing students the opportunity to learn about different aspects of the ACA is amazing! Not only are the students learning about the reform, but they are given situations where they can apply their knowledge to solve problems, which will help them in real life situations. I think it sometimes can be hard for students to apply their knowledge in the clinical area (and make that connection between the textbook and clinical) if they have not had much experience in the clinical setting, but preparing students by this method is a great idea and will result in nurses who are able to effectively work with the health care reform.
Posted on: November 10, 2013, 3:05 pm

Crystal Carroll

I, like Danielle, am a nursing student, currently in my 3rd semester of an ABSN program. I have worked as a tech on a busy telemetry/med surg unit for 3 years. During those 3 years, I have had many patients ask me how the Affordable Care Act is going to affect not only their insurance coverage, but where they will be able to find care, as well as how it will impact them financially. At that time, I did not have any answers regarding ACA, insurance companies and their coverage, or how charity care worked. Now I am currently enrolled in a policy class where I’m learning how the Affordable Care Act will influence my patients and I will now be better able to answer their questions. Nurses need to have a well-rounded knowledge base; from clinical skills to pathology, and from ethics to legalities, and now this will include insurance coverage. This knowledge will help us educate our clients about their financial options and will lessen their fear and anxiety regarding their health care. Soon every patient will have health insurance. As a new grad caring for a new population of insured patients, we need to understand how this will affect their care. More people who previously avoided health care due to lack of insurance will now be able to take charge of their health and will be searching for care. This will create a higher census for our organizations, and can possibly assist with some of the debt accumulated and create more jobs-or create more problems, depending on your view point of the new plan. Either way, it is important to understand how this will be affecting our careers and will help us become better advocates for our patients.
Posted on: March 18, 2014, 3:43 pm

Natalia Danelyants

Even though the curriculum at Rutgers University School of Nursing has changed much with the introduction of ACA, I feel that there has been a change in a course materials. In my 3rd semester I am taking Policy and Politics class, where we have to take a really good look at the current state of affairs regarding the role of the Nurse in shaping the policies and changing the future of patient care. ACA was one of the topics we have covered that, I believe, has such a huge impact on the nursing role in healthcare. With patients that were previously uninsured, and now have access to healthcare, there is a lag of knowledge regarding the new regulations, as ACA is still very much in its beginning stages. The nurse in this situation is the one who is likely to be questioned first by the patients about the structure and resources available to them, and we have to be ready with all the answers, as well as be prepared to advocate for the patient. At this point I think it is very important for all nurses to catch up on the knowledge of different kinds of insurance coverage and help the patients better understand their options, as well as how to cope with financial responsibilities. Nurses now have ever increasing functions included in their role as a patient advocate, and ACA implementation is definitely adding yet another function. I feel that nursing education needs to better address these new changes in healthcare policies by updating the curriculums across the schools, depending on the state.
Posted on: April 8, 2014, 10:52 pm


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