What does the Affordable Care Act mean for nursing?

Orthop Nurs. 2014 Nov-Dec;33(6):305-9; quiz 310-1. doi: 10.1097/NOR.0000000000000096.


Nurses are ethically bound to engage in efforts of improving health and healthcare delivery and, even more important, nurses recently have been called out as key leaders in the reform of healthcare delivery, including many components of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, its history, and what healthcare will look like during and after implementation are addressed in this article. A discussion of the role and value of nurses in healthcare reform accompanies knowledge-building and action-oriented resources available to nurses and clients.

MeSH terms

  • Insurance, Health
  • Nurse's Role*
  • Patient Care Team
  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act*
  • Social Responsibility
  • United States