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May 09, 2019

Nurses as Advocates for Social Determinants of Health Outcomes

According to Health Affairs, data has shown various social determinants are directly correlated to health outcomes for individuals, including individual income level, safe housing, education, and quality employment.  More than 4 million nurses are on the front lines of patient care, and are uniquely positioned to create a culture of health to assist communities with better health outcomes as change agents.  Nurses spend the most time with patients, making them well suited to coordinate care and transitions patients from hospital to normal life.  As nurse educators, they could act to help change the culture of the community to help create better patient outcomes.