Healthcare reform has been a major economic and political focus throughout the 1990s. In a national survey of registered nurses about work life and health, many narrative comments addressed changes in the healthcare system. This qualitative study, an analysis of these comments, identified themes related to nurses' perceptions of changes and the effect of healthcare reform on the practice of nursing.
Patricia Corey-Lisle, MSN, RN, CS-P, Doctoral Student, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org,
Anita J. Tarzian, PhD, RN, e-mail: email@example.com, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore.
Marlene Z. Cohen, PhD, RN, John S. Dunn Sr. Distinguished Professor in Oncology Nursing, University of Texas, Houston; Coordinator, Applied Research, The University of Texas, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, email:firstname.lastname@example.org,
Alison M. Trinkoff, ScD, RN, Associate Professor, e-mail: trinkoff@Nurse-1.umaryland.edu, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore.
This study was supported by National Institute on Drug Abuse grant R01 DA07434 (PI:A. Trinkoff).