Sample Nursing Paper on a health policy as a DNP-prepared nurse

Policy Analysis to Impact Population Health
Discussion
Purpose
The purpose of this discussion is to analyze a health policy related to the selected population and practice problem.

This week, you discovered that the focus of healthcare policy has a growing emphasis on population health outcomes. As a DNP-prepared nurse, you must be able to critically appraise healthcare policies to influence policy decisions at every level.

Instructions
Review the lesson and readings about Bardach’s eightfold steps to policy analysis, especially in the Chapter 4 Policy Analysis section of the Patton text. Then, select a healthcare policy that impacts, or has the potential to impact, the practice problem and population selected in previous weeks of this course.

The following links will assist in your search for policies and/or bills.

Current Legislative ActivitiesLinks to an external site. (Congress.gov)
NursingLinks to an external site. (Gov info)
NursingLinks to an external site. (Govtrack)
You can select a broad, national health policy (i.e., Accountable Care Act) or one that is specified for a specific health issue (i.e., Minority Diabetes Initiative Act).

Critically appraise the healthcare policy using Bardach’s eightfold steps to policy analysis:

Define the problem
Assemble evidence
Develop alternatives
Select criteria to evaluate the alternatives
Project outcomes
Analyze trade-offs
Make decisions
Communicate results
Please click on the following link to review the DNP Discussion Guidelines on the Student Resource Center program page:

Link (webpage): DNP Discussion GuidelinesLinks to an external site.
Program Competencies
This discussion enables the student to meet the following program competencies:

Analyzes health care policies to advocate for equitable health care and social justice to all populations and those at risk due to social determinants of health. (POs 2, 9)
Translates a synthesis of research and population data to support preventative care and improve the nation’s health. (PO 1)
Leads others in professional identity, advanced clinical judgment, systems thinking, resilience, and accountability in selecting, implementing, and evaluating clinical care. (PO 1)
Course Outcomes
This discussion enables the student to meet the following course outcomes:

Critically analyze the history, formation, and implementation of local, state and national health policies from the perspectives of stakeholders and the profession of nursing. (PC 5; PO 2)
Synthesize ethical and legal principles to advocate for value-based, equitable, and ethical health policies at the micro, meso, and macrosystem levels. (PC 5; PO 9)
Assimilate epidemiology principles and interventions to impact the social determinants of health, Global Burden of Disease, and population health outcomes. (PCs 7, 8; PO 1)
Demonstrate collaborative interprofessional leadership and political competency to develop and implement healthcare policy to improve healthcare delivery and population health outcomes. (PC 5; PO 2)
Due Dates
Initial Post: By 11:59 p.m. MT on Wednesday
Follow-Up Posts: By 11:59 p.m. MT on Sunday
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Collapse SubdiscussionKendra Slatton
Kendra Slatton
Feb 23, 2023Feb 23 at 7:37pm
Class, you may begin posting in this discussion for credit on Sunday.

Welcome to Week 6! One of the most important attributes for a nursing advocate is acquiring the ability to analyze a health policy properly and to identify the stakeholders who are involved. This requires comprehending the policy process, understanding the attributes of the policy, and determining how to change the policy in the best interest of those who will be affected. Only then can stakeholders be identified, and coalitions formed, including those who hold the potential to influence the policy or who are influenced by the policy.

There are multiple health policy analysis tools available, and, for this course, you will utilize Bardach’s eightfold process to analyze a healthcare policy that impacts your selected practice problem and population.

Our interactive discussion this week will address the following Course Outcomes (COs):

1. Critically analyze the history, formation, and implementation of local, state, and national health policies from the perspectives of stakeholders and the profession of nursing. (PO 2)

2. Synthesize ethical and legal principles to advocate for value-based, equitable, and ethical health policies at the micro, meso, and macrosystem levels. (PO 9)

3. Assimilate epidemiology principles and interventions to impact the social determinants of health, Global Burden of Disease, and population health outcomes. (PO 1)

6: Demonstrate collaborative interprofessional leadership and political competency to develop and implement healthcare policy to improve healthcare delivery and population health outcomes. (PO 2)