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NURS 8100 Week 7: Professional Organizations’ Role in Health Care Policy

Professional organizations play an important role in the development of health care
policy. For example, with questions looming about the quality of health care, the aging
of the population, the increase in patient acuity, and the rapid growth of knowledge, in
2002 the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and other professional
organizations began investigating the need for a nursing practice doctorate. In 2004, the
AACN membership embraced the DNP degree and this pivotal policy development has
had positive implications for the funding of nursing education and practice standards.
In 1999, while working in the emergency department, Karen Daley, a clinical practice
nurse of 27 years, received a needle stick injury and contracted HIV/AIDS as a result.
As President of the Massachusetts Nursing Association at that time, Ms. Daley
spearheaded needle stick legislation that still protects health care providers today.
As these examples demonstrate, nursing's professional organizations have been
guiding and promoting nurse involvement in U.S. health care policy making for decades.
This week, you will examine various professional organizations and evaluate their role
in nursing, education, and health care policy.
Note: This week you will complete the Discussion in a small group. Your instructor will
notify you of your group assignment by Day 1 of this week.
Learning Objectives
Students will:
 Evaluate the involvement of professional nursing organizations in health policy
 Explain how professional organizations could support a policy
proposal/recommendation
Photo Credit: Laureate Education

Learning Resources

Note: To access this week's required library resources, please click on the link to the
Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.
Required Readings
American Organization of Nurse Executives. (2010). AONE guiding principles for the
role of the nurse in future patient care delivery toolkit.
Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.

The AONE revised its guiding principles for the role of the nurse in patient care based
on current conditions, technological advances, and educational opportunities.
Fyffe, T. (2009). Nursing shaping and influencing health and social care policy. Journal
of Nursing Management, 17(6), 698-706.
The author reviews how nurses and their professional organizations have developed
nurses' roles in U. S. policy making.

Nursing shaping and influencing health and social care policy. Journal of Nursing Management, 17(6) by Fyffe, T. Copyright 2009 by BLACKWELL
PUBLISHING – JOURNALS. Reprinted by permission of BLACKWELL PUBLISHING – JOURNALS via the Copyright Clearance Center.
Murphy, N., Canales, M. K., Norton, S. A., & Defilippis, J. (2005). Striving for
congruence: The interconnection between values, practice, and political action. Policy,
Politics & Nursing Practice, 6(1), 20-29.
Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.

This article connects health care disparities to AACN's values such as human dignity
and social justice. The authors maintain that politically active nurses can affect positive
social changes that can lead to better health outcomes for all.
Access the following websites for an example of how AACN moved the DNP degree
from the systematic agenda to the formal agenda to policy.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). (2004). Position statement on the
Practice Doctorate in Nursing. Retrieved from https://www.aacnnursing.org/News-
Information/Position-Statements-White-Papers/Practice-Doctorate
American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). (2006). DNP roadmap task force
report. Retrieved from https://www.aacnnursing.org/Portals/42/DNP/roadmapreport.pdf
American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). (2006). The essentials of
Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice. Retrieved from
https://www.aacnnursing.org/DNP/DNP-Essentials
Explore these other professional nursing organizations and their role in influencing
policy.
AMIA: Nursing informatics working group. (n.d.). Retrieved from
http://www.amia.org/working-groups
American Organization of Nurse Executives. (2010). AONE. Retrieved from
http://www.aone.org/
Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation. (2011). Retrieved from
http://www.aami.org/
National League for Nursing. (2007). Retrieved from http://www.nln.org/
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). (n.d.). The TIGER
initiative. Retrieved from http://www.himss.org/professionaldevelopment/tiger-initiative
The Caring Group. (2018). Retrieved from http://www.caringroup.com/corp/index2.asp

Required Media
Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2011). Healthcare policy and advocacy:
The role of professional organizations in healthcare policy. Baltimore: Author.

Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 9 minutes.

In this media presentation, Dr. Joan Stanley shares how the American Association of
Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has influenced and developed nursing education policy. Dr.
Kathleen White discusses policy efforts of the American Nurses Association that have
impacted nursing practice and health care.

Accessible player
Optional Resources
The American Nurses Association, Inc. (2010). Nursing: scope and standards of
practice (2nd ed.). Silver Spring, MD: The American Nurses Association, Inc.
The American Nurses Association. (2010). Nursing’s social policy statement: The
essence of the profession (3rd ed.). Silver Spring, MD: The American Nurses
Association, Inc.
Institute of Medicine. (2010). The future of nursing: Leading change, advancing health:
Report recommendations. Retrieved
from http://www.nationalacademies.org/hmd/~/media/Files/Report%20Files/2010/The-
Future-of-Nursing/Future%20of%20Nursing%202010%20Recommendations.pdf
Kaufman, K. A. (2010). Headlines from the NLN. Nursing Education Perspectives,
31(1), 62- 64.
Wieck, K. L., Oehler, T., Green, A., & Jordan, C. (2004). Safe nurse staffing: A win-win
collaboration model for influencing health policy. Nursing Education Perspectives, 31(3),
160-166.

Discussion: Policy Brief

Professional nursing organizations have influenced the policy agenda by identifying
needs, generating ideas, and bringing them into the policy arena; they have had a
positive impact on the profession of nursing as well as nursing practice. This week’s
Discussion asks you to consider the policy proposal you examined for the policy brief
(Assignment 2, assigned in Week 3) and reflect on the opportunities a professional
nursing organization might have to further the issue.
To prepare:
 Review this week’s media presentation focusing on Dr. White and Dr. Stanley’s
comments on the role of professional organizations in the policy process.
 Consider the policy brief you developed for Application Assignment 2 (due this week),
and evaluate how a professional nursing organization might provide additional support
or influence.

By Day 3
Post in your small group thread a cohesive response that addresses the following:
 Briefly summarize the policy proposal you selected from the IOM Future of Nursing
Practice Report Brief (Application 2). Based on your analysis of the policy proposal, did
the IOM get it right?
 Identify any professional organizations dealing with the issue/recommendation and
provide at least two specific ways in which the professional organizations have
supported or could support the policy proposal/recommendation.
Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.
By Day 6
Respond to at least two of your colleagues in one or more of the following ways:
 Ask a probing question, substantiated with additional background information, evidence
or research.
 Share an insight from having read your colleagues’ postings, synthesizing the
information to provide new perspectives.
 Offer and support an alternative perspective using readings from the classroom or from
your own research in the Walden Library.
 Validate an idea with your own experience and additional research.
 Make a suggestion based on additional evidence drawn from readings or after
synthesizing multiple postings.
 Expand on your colleagues’ postings by providing additional insights or contrasting
perspectives based on readings and evidence.
Note: Please see the Syllabus and Discussion Rubric for formal Discussion question
posting and response evaluation criteria.
Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting.
Note what you learned and/or any insights you gained as a result of the comments
made by your colleagues.
Be sure to support your work with specific citations from this week’s Learning
Resources and any additional sources.
Submission and Grading Information
Grading Criteria
To access your rubric:
Week 7 Discussion Rubric
Post by Day 3 and Respond by Day 6
To participate in this Discussion:
Week 7 Discussion

Assignment 1: Issues in Health Care

Reform (Interview)

Continue to work on this Assignment, assigned in Week 2 and due in Week 9.

By Day 7 of Week 9
Submit this Assignment.
Assignment 2: Health Policy Proposal

Analysis (Policy Brief)

Continue to work on this Assignment, assigned in Week 3. Your Health Policy Proposal
Analysis is due by Day 7 of this week.
By Day 7
Submit this Assignment.
Submission and Grading Information
To submit your completed Assignment for review and grading, do the following:
 Please save your Assignment using the naming convention “WK7Assgn2+last
name+first initial.(extension)” as the name.
 Next, from the Attach File area, click on the Browse My Computer button. Find the
document you saved as “WK7Assgn2+last name+first initial.(extension)” and
click Open.
 If applicable: From the Plagiarism Tools area, click the checkbox for I agree to submit
my paper(s) to the Global Reference Database.
 Click on the Submit button to complete your submission.
Check Your Assignment Draft for Authenticity
To check your Assignment draft for authenticity:
Submit your Week 7 Assignment 2 draft and review the originality report.
Submit Your Assignment by Day 7
To submit your Assignment:
Week 7 Assignment 2

Assignment 3: Policy Analysis Paper

[Major Assessment 2]

Continue to work on this Assignment, assigned in Week 4 and due in Week 11. Identify
the nursing policy or position statement on your selected health issue and who
developed it. This information should be included in Part 2 of your analysis paper.
By Day 7 of Week 11
Submit this Assignment.

Week in Review

This week, you evaluated the involvement of professional nursing organizations in
health policy and explained how professional organizations support policy
proposal/recommendation.
Next week, you will examine how federalism has influenced the current health care
system and consider the positive, or negative, implications of redundancy in health
policy resulting from different levels of government.

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