NURS 6050 Aspen Module 4 Role of the RN APRN in Policy Evaluation Discussion
In the Module 4 Discussion, you considered how professional nurses can become involved in policy-making. A critical component of any policy design is evaluation of the results. How comfortable are you with the thought of becoming involved with such matters?
Some nurses may be hesitant to get involved with policy evaluation. The preference may be to focus on the care and well-being of their patients; some nurses may feel ill-equipped to enter the realm of policy and political activities. However, as you have examined previously, who better to advocate for patients and effective programs and polices than nurses? Already patient advocates in interactions with doctors and leadership, why not with government and regulatory agencies?
In this Discussion, you will reflect on the role of professional nurses in policy evaluation.
In the Module 4 Discussion, you considered how professional nurses can become involved in policy-making.
Review the Resources and reflect on the role of professional nurses in policy evaluation.
Post an explanation of at least two opportunities that currently exist for RNs and APRNs to actively participate in policy review. Explain some of the challenges that these opportunities may present and describe how you might overcome these challenges. Finally, recommend two strategies you might make to better advocate for or communicate the existence of these opportunities. Be specific and provide examples.
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Answers all parts of the discussion question(s) expectations with reflective critical analysis and synthesis of knowledge gained from the course readings for the module and current credible sources.
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Sample Answer Guide:
One opportunity for RNs and APRNs to actively participate in policy review is through serving on healthcare boards and committees. These boards and committees are often responsible for evaluating and making recommendations on policies related to healthcare delivery, quality, and patient safety. RNs and APRNs can bring their expertise and patient-centered perspective to these groups, helping to ensure that policies are evidence-based and meet the needs of the populations they serve.
Another opportunity for RNs and APRNs to participate in policy review is through research. Conducting research on healthcare policies and programs can provide valuable information on their effectiveness and identify areas for improvement. RNs and APRNs can use this research to inform policy makers and advocate for changes that will benefit patients.
A challenge that these opportunities may present is a lack of understanding of the policy-making process. RNs and APRNs may not be familiar with how to navigate the political landscape and effectively communicate their ideas to decision-makers. To overcome this challenge, nurses can seek out education and training on healthcare policy and advocacy.
Another challenge is a lack of time and resources. Participating in policy review can require a significant amount of time and resources, which may not be available to many nurses. To overcome this challenge, nurses can prioritize their involvement in policy review and seek out support from their employers and professional organizations.
To better advocate for or communicate the existence of these opportunities, RNs and APRNs can join professional organizations that focus on healthcare policy and advocacy. These organizations can provide resources and support for nurses to become involved in policy review. Additionally, nurses can use social media and other online platforms to share information and resources on healthcare policy and advocate for changes that will benefit patients.