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knowledgeable of best practices and to follow them as they pertain to their individual patients. Only necessary treatments should be performed. Services that a patient does not need, should not be provided. Each patient should be looked at individually, and provided with the best care that is appropriate to them. Working on the front lines at the bedside, not only makes nurses one of the biggest patient advocates, but also makes them very influential on healthcare costs within organizations. Leadership ideas and changes will never work without feedback and information from those that have their boots on the ground. Many quality improvement projects involve organized multidisciplinary teams that include front line workers like nurses, aides, and secretaries.
7 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. Conclusion 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.
8 References Cleveland, K. A., Motter, T., & Smith, Y. (2019). Affordable care: Harnessing the power of nurses. The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 24(2). /OJIN/TableofContents/Vol-24-2019/No2-May-2019/Affordable-Care.html Nickitas, D. M., Middaugh, D. J., & Feeg, V. D. (2020). Policy and politics for nurses and other health professionals : advocacy and action . Jones & Bartlett Learning. Quality Improvement Organizations | CMS . (n.d.). . - Instruments/QualityImprovementOrgs What’s Medicare? What are the different parts of Medicare? (2020).

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