Retail Health Clinics and Nurses Research Paper by scribbler

A study of the growing phenomena of retail health clinics located in drug stores and big box chains and the role of the nurse practitioner.
# 152144 | 4,058 words | 14 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 06, 2013 in Medical and Health (Nursing)

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This paper discusses how over the last decade there have been significant changes in the way consumers receive healthcare services and how one of those changes is the emergence of retail health clinics located in drugs stores such as CVS and Walgreens to name a few. Not only do retail clinics provide easy access to basic healthcare services, they are also important in that many Americans are uninsured or underinsured and don't have access to physicians and doctors offices as those with health insurance. In particular, the paper examines the impact of these clinics on the nursing profession and how many of these clinics are staffed solely by nurse practitioners who have training and skills that go beyond what a registered nurse has. The paper further examines how new policies pertaining to how nurses operate existing and emerging retail clinics has the potential to increase public awareness of this growing trend as well as the professional nurses that run them and how, with new policies in place, the nursing shortage could soon become a thing of the past.

Considerations That Shape the Issue
Issue Statement
Policy Goals
Access to Clinics by Reducing Medicaid Barriers
Increasing Autonomy by Licensure
Evaluation of Objectives
Pro and Con of Objectives

From the Paper:

"Lugo, Giorgianni, and Zimmer list several social aspects to services offered by nurses in retail clinics. They state that retail clinics staffed by the advance practice nurse lowers the barriers for patients to obtain the same basic care services in their own community that they wouldn't ordinarily be able to afford with a private physician. Many individuals living in low income communities do not have access to transportation or even adequate health insurance to cover many of their basic healthcare needs. If chronic healthcare issues are not attended to, they have the potential to become acute. Access to quality, affordable healthcare could cut down on the need for costly emergency room visits for this group. The authors say that because these clinics are staffed by nurse practitioners who have advanced clinical and academic experience, the care these patients receive is comparable to services offered by a primary care physician. Retail clinics in general receive high approval rates among its patients."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Evans, Steven W. (2008). Convenient care clinics: Making a positive change in health care. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner, 22, 23-26. doi: 10.1111/j.1745.7599.2009.00466.x
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