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poverty, socioeconomic status, welfare, welfare reform



  1. Stevens, Patricia E. RN, PhD, FAAN


In 1996, the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program was repealed, and the welfare system in the United States was changed. This article critiques, from a nursing perspective, US welfare system reform. It interrogates dominant ideologies about poverty, welfare, and waged labor; examines federal welfare reform legislation of the 1990s and its programmatic implementation at the state level; discusses global health and safety implications of welfare replacement initiatives; and challenges nurses to political and scholarly action.