It is the legal structure and tools that are used to improve, promote and protect the health of people. This is an essential component of public healthcare because it gives authority, direction, and supports public health activities.
Public health’s legal infrastructure includes many laws, regulations and policies that regulate public health at all levels. This includes laws that cover areas like disease control and food safety as well as emergency preparedness. These laws also cover the use and dissemination of public data in health.
Patient outcomes and nurse engagement are directly affected by how the public health legal system works. The alignment of the organization’s values and that of the public health legal infrastructure will help nurses better understand their roles and responsibilities when promoting and protecting community health. This can increase nurses’ job satisfaction, engagement, and ultimately, patient outcomes.
When laws or policies require reporting infectious diseases, nurses can be more effective in identifying and reporting cases to the public health authorities. It helps prevent disease spread in communities and improves patient outcomes.
However, nurses who are not aligned with the public health legal framework and their values may find themselves in ethical quandaries that could lead to lower engagement and worse patient outcomes. Nurses may be faced with dilemmas if their organization doesn’t prioritize reporting disease to the authorities.
Summary: The legal infrastructure of public healthcare plays an important role in shaping nurse’s work to promote and protect the health of their communities. Nursing can perform their duties and responsibilities better when they are aligned with the public health legal framework and organizational values.