National League of NursingNational League of Nursing

The Voice of Nursing Education

Access

Fundamental to the nursing profession and the NLN is the principle that all individuals must have equitable access to comprehensive health and wellness care addressing all medical conditions, including mental health and substance use disorders. Prior to the start of the major Affordable Care Act coverage provisions, more than 41 million people in our communities lacked health insurance; millions more had inadequate coverage.

To attain its triple aim of better health care, better care experience, and lower cost of care, health care reform is driving changes in how we organize and coordinate delivery systems. Quality health care depends on planning and funding for services including awareness of national strategies. Of primary importance is the need to contend with emergent issues while continuing to focus on wellness services, preparedness, and education of the public.

Interprofessional team-based education and care are key features of new health care delivery models and integral to the national strategy of creating a better health system. Well-functioning practice teams have been shown to improve access to care, increase quality of care and health outcomes, provide greater efficiencies, reduce costs, amend provider shortages, and increase professional satisfaction.