Health agenda shift

  1. As the response to terrorism escalates and the economy falters, a transformed legislative landscape forces nursing, health care and patients' rights issues out of the spotlight

    By Ellen Carr, RN
    January 3, 2002
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  3. by   oramar
    There was an Elly Carr that used to post over on Nursing Spectrum quite a bit. She was really, really kind and understanding. Not saying it is same nurse, just can't help but wondering.
  4. by   Mijourney
    Hi. We've been told by various federal officials of the possibly or even probably in some quarters of another terroist attack on the homefront. I agree that we should do as much as we possibly can to prevent this from happening. On the other side of the coin, a few threads on this bb have pointed out how unhealthy our population in the states are. I believe I've heard rates in the media saying that 60% of the adult population is obese and double digit rates for children. The war against terroism seems to me will be a long one. President Bush has outlined some of his agenda for legislation in different areas including health care.

    I can't help but wonder what will happen if we are required to substantially pay more out of our pockets for our own healthcare before most of us have had a chance to fully recover from the recession?

    Because of this, I feel that public health really should focus even more intensely then it has on the health of the population. It will be difficult to staff the military well if those who would be willing to serve are besieged with uncontrolled health problems. I think this is an area where nursing, specifically, can really have impact: getting its force and the force of our nation healthy enough-body, mind, and spirit, to fight a long term war against terroism.