Revisiting "Who gets care?": health equity as an arena for nursing action

ANS Adv Nurs Sci. Apr-Jun 2009;32(2):118-27. doi: 10.1097/ANS.0b013e3181a3afaf.


This article revisits and reaffirms Patricia Steven's earlier work on access to healthcare as an important arena for nursing action. Many of the conditions that affect access to healthcare, such as racism and oppression, also shape inequities in health outcomes. We propose a conceptualization of social justice that is consistent with addressing the conditions that influence health inequities. We also discuss the implications of a critical and feminist conception of social justice for nursing action, education, practice, research, and policy.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Democracy
  • Education, Nursing / organization & administration
  • Feminism
  • Freedom
  • Health Planning Guidelines
  • Health Policy
  • Health Services Accessibility / organization & administration*
  • Healthcare Disparities / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Models, Nursing
  • Nurse's Role*
  • Nursing Research / organization & administration
  • Patient Advocacy*
  • Philosophy, Nursing
  • Politics
  • Social Justice*
  • Socioeconomic Factors