There could be no more timely occasion for the appearance of this issue of ANS. The United States is finally implementing a landmark health care law that moves in the direction of providing affordable and accessible health care for more citizens than ever before. Many other countries in the world already provide access to fundamental health care, and community-based wellness services, and now the United States embarks on a historical initiative to shift in this direction as well. The U.S. law calls for a more prominent emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention and community-based services, and nurses are called upon to be key providers in making these services available. The time for innovation is here, and the articles in this issue challenge all readers to consider possibilities, and to take action to build on the work of these authors!
We welcome your ideas and responses to these articles! Visit the ANS Blog to see more about this issues, including messages from the authors with some background information about their work.
Peggy L. Chinn, RN, PhD, FAAN
Professor Emerita, University of Connecticut
Editor, Advances in Nursing Science