Role of Nurse Practitioners in Uninsured African Americans Population in Health Promotion

Topic 3 DQ 1

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses actively engage with patients to accurately evaluate and diagnose common and chronic diseases. As a Nurse Practitioner, I am qualified to undertake physical exams, interpret diagnostic investigations, advise and educate patients, and write prescriptions for all populations, including geriatric and elderly patients. Racial disparities among African Americans in the USA spill over to old age where there is evidence that the elderly African American population is not insured. This leads to a lot of health inequities in health care, coupled with the fact that there is a high rate of poverty and predisposition to hypertension and diabetes in the African American population.

Role of Nurse Practitioners in Uninsured African Americans Population in Health Promotion

APRNs’ contribution serves the well-being of elderly uninsured African Americans in the United States by delivering health services both independently and collaboratively with healthcare teams. APRN’s can broaden their scope of practice to include delivering diagnoses, prescriptions, therapies, and consultations to move part of the healthcare load away from physician-based care and charge a lesser fee in the community setting to assist uninsured patients (Ortiz et al., 2018). APRN’s contribution to health promotion is to encourage healthy dieting and regular exercise among the elderly population to reduce the chances of developing chronic health conditions. By working at the community level, I can assist to address healthcare access inequities in places with significant physician shortages and encourage the uptake and registration of MEDICARE.

There is a need for further diversity to focus on global challenges, get health care providers into communities in which they are needed, and establish a strategy that supports the needs of elderly African Americans. This includes poverty and a genetic predisposition to chronic health conditions such as hypertension and diabetes. Diversity is significant because it sets the bounds of chances for addressing the main cause of uninsured African Americans, which is poverty, and it improves the lives of future generations intending to eradicate health inequalities (Greenhalgh & Papoutsi, 2018). To do this, a varied array of health experts will be required, including Advanced Practice Registered Nurses.

References for Role of Nurse Practitioners in Uninsured African Americans Population in Health Promotion

  • Greenhalgh, T., & Papoutsi, C. (2018). Studying complexity in health services research: desperately seeking an overdue paradigm shift. BMC Medicine16(1).
  • Ortiz, J., Hofler, R., Bushy, A., Lin, Y.-L., Khanijahani, A., & Bitney, A. (2018). Impact of nurse practitioner practice regulations on rural population health outcomes. Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)6(2), 65.