Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Document Type

Major Paper


School of Nursing



Date of Original Version



This paper begins with a comprehensive literature review of health care around the globe, health care in America, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). A problem has emerged from the ACA, in which it is unclear if the health care workforce is prepared to take care of all insured Americans, which now includes a large population of newly insured under the ACA. Primary care and the elderly population are a focus, as primary care is most affected by the ACA, and the aging population is growing and will continue to grow. The ACA policy is analyzed using Russell and Fawcett’s The Conceptual Model of Nursing and Health Policy Revisited (2005) and McLaughlin & McLaughlin’s Policy Analysis Process (2007). Policy recommendations are suggested based on evidence-based research.

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Nursing Commons