A Nurse’s role in improving the quality of healthcare does not stop at the bedside. Nurses
are in the unique position that they work close to the patient, they advocate for what they need,
and have a voice in terms of healthcare law. Nurses can assist with improving patient outcomes
through quality reporting, care coordination, and health management. Nurses can also assist with
the implementation of activities to prevent hospital readmissions, improving safety by reducing
medical errors, and implementation of wellness and health promotion (Cleveland et al., 2019).
Nurses help give a voice to promote patient-centric innovations to increase quality of care and
decrease cost of care. They are able to sit in on board meetings and join nursing associations to
help bring to light concerns affecting patient care. Nurses listen while caring for their patients,
they hear their concerns, listen to their needs, and have the power to help make change.
As time goes on, healthcare becomes more and more expensive! There are still many
individuals deprived of necessary care that can be detrimental to their health if not received.
Although a lot of progress has been made over the years when it comes to better coverage at an
affordable cost, there is still a long way to go. The Affordable Care Act has helped to close the
gap and bring insurance to many individuals that were not previously eligible, but a gap does still
exist. As healthcare workers, we must continue to do our part in advocating for our patients,
seeking out resources, and striving to improve patient outcomes to help decrease costs, and make
healthcare more affordable for everyone.