Examination of the processes of policy analysis and development with focus on advocacy. Prerequisite: Registered nurse licensure or matriculated graduate nursing student.
Dates: July 1 - August 9, 2019; Matriculated GRNS students or RN status
This core course provides an overview of health care ethics, policy processes and political issues affecting the structure, performance, and change within the U.S. health care system. Health policy will be examined from historical, economic, social, ethical, political perspectives as well as in the context of current reform efforts. The leadership role of advanced practice nurses as an advocate within the political and policy arena for the public and profession will be examined within the workplace, organizations, government, and community. Emphasis will be placed on the impact of policy on vulnerable populations. Special emphasis will be placed on strategies such as political advocacy, ethical and policy analysis and use of research, conflict resolution, negotiation, and collaboration, harnessing the power of the media, and communication/public testimony skills, and coalition-building.
This is a condensed,accelerated 6 week online course, students should expect to spend a minimum of 12-15 hours per week on readings and course assignments.
Students will be evaluated primarily though timely participation in a variety of discussion board activities.
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