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This policy highlight alerts readers to the recently released (January 2004) report titled “Insuring America’s Health: Principles and Recommendations.” The report calls for universal health coverage by 2010, compares proposed solutions to the problem of a growing uninsured population, and...
This study examines the extent to which sick pay, job flexibility, and availability of after-hours care affect low-income workers’ ability to access primary health care services in a rural north central Florida community ( n = 77). Workers with paid leave were as likely to report difficulty...
This article reflects on the experiences of Navy Nurse Corps Officer, Captain Kathleen M. Pierce, who was assigned to the congressional office of Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii). In this article, the author offers suggestions to nurses who want a voice in health legislation and policy.
This article reports on a study conducted in 2001 that examined the role of four schools of nursing (SONs) in Michigan and their challenges in serving the safety net population through primary care nurse-managed centers (NMCs). The NMCs are described and compared to community health centers...
As a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) is accountable to Congress and to the American public for how it spends its budget. The process of making decisions and setting future directions at NINR must remain open and transparent. All...
This study explores state-level efforts from 1999 through mid-2003 to address the nursing shortage in five midwestern states (Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska). The authors conducted interviews with 25 representative nurse leaders and others involved with state initiatives; this...
In 2004, environmental health issues continue to dominate the policy agenda. Nurses, the first or only point of contact for many patients in underserved communities, are well positioned to advocate for a healthier environment. The development of excellent databases for nurses to learn about...
The active involvement of nurses in the policy and political process is a professional responsibility. This article describes a fellowship program aimed at building the necessary competence for such activity in the context of aging health policy. The purposes of and strategies used in the...
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