Some implications for nursing practice that result from the Affordable Care Act, also known as ACA, include increased demand for nurses in the workforce, more nurses working in outpatient settings and more demand for nurse practitioners, according to EmergingRNLeader. The Affordable Care Act has also created programs and grants that are important to nurses, such as the Nurse Faculty Loan Program, Nursing Student Loan Program and Nurse Education, Practice and Retention grant program, explains NursingLink.
Because the ACA provides health insurance to previously uninsured Americas, there are likely to be many new patients seeking treatment in hospitals and clinics, increasing the demand for nurses, reports EmergingRNLeader. The ACA stipulates that there should be less focus and funding on acute care and more on ambulatory and home care, which impacts the settings in which nurses work. More nurse practitioners are need because of the ACA because of the major shirt to primary and preventative care.
The Nurse Faculty Loan Program is designed to assist nurses in obtaining graduate-level degrees so they can become educators, according to NursingLink. The purpose of the Nursing Student Loan Program is to help disadvantaged and low-income nursing students pay for their education. It is intended to help meet the growing demand for nurses in health care.