AAN News & Opinion
- For those of us in Washington, DC, the last few months of healthcare reform debate represent what we have been anxiously waiting for—an opportunity to reform healthcare delivery so that more people receive the care they need. And even more importantly for us, it is an opportunity to enhance the healthcare system so that it recognizes and utilizes the expertise and innovations that nurses can bring to healthcare delivery. To this end, the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) volunteers and staff have been working diligently to bring forward the messages of the value of nurse innovations to health care the importance of meaningful technology and high quality in healthcare delivery and nursing's contribution to cost-effective care.
- Nurse “Edge Runners”—the practical innovators who are leading the way in bringing new thinking and new methods to a wide range of healthcare challenges—are the hallmark of the American Academy of Nursing's Raise the Voice campaign. Edge Runners have developed options that help people stay healthy and cope better with illnesses, while producing exemplary financial and clinical outcomes. Furthermore, nurse-led innovations address people's needs and wants for a humane and effective health care system, reducing disparities while increasing efficiency and quality of patient care.
- During his campaign and since taking office, President Barack Obama has made it clear that he wants major healthcare reform to happen as soon as possible. Learning from the 1990's healthcare reform debate, his team made the early decision that the White House would promote broad principles, not specific legislation. President Obama has, however, put the challenge to Congressional leaders to get the job done. And the Congressional leaders have taken up his challenge through direct action, unleashing years of pent-up energy to make healthcare reform a reality.
- We are all aware that America's healthcare system is in desperate need of repair. Health care is inaccessible to many, expensive for most, and fragmented for all. Enabling the system to deliver the best possible care at an acceptable cost requires not just reformation but transformation—moving American health care away from its current hospital-based, acuity-oriented paradigm toward a patient-centered, convenient, helpful, and affordable system.