PHILADELPHIA — “When you want to know what’s going on in healthcare ask a nurse,” said Pam Cipriano, PhD, MN, president of the American Nurses Association at a health policy briefing hosted by Real Clear Politics here on Tuesday.
Not only do nurses know “the dirty little secrets”of the system, they also have answers to some of its biggest problems.
Nurses play a critical role in prevention and wellness promoting immunizations, teaching patients how manage stress, eat healthier and adhere to their medications. And preventing illness, particularly chronic illness, is key not only to helping patients live better lives but also to curbing healthcare costs.
The ANA has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, because it believes she will strengthen the Affordable Care Act, expand Medicaid and ensure health equity for all Americans.
“The American Nurses Association wants the public to know that we’re really their partners. We’re their advocates,” she said.
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