Policy Brief

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 tomorrow 04/11/2018 3pm, write a minimum of 550 words in APA format with at least 3 scholarly references from the list of required readings below. Include the level one headings as numbered below”

Post in your small group thread a cohesive response that addresses the following:

1) 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? (See Attached File).

2) 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.

Required Readings

American Organization of Nurse Executives. (2010). AONE guiding principles for the role of the nurse in future patient care delivery toolkit.

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.

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 http://www.aacn.nche.edu/publications/position/DNPpositionstatement.pdf 

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). (2006). DNP roadmap task force report. Retrieved from http://www.aacn.nche.edu/dnp/roadmapreport.pdf 

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). (2006). The essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice. Retrieved from http://www.aacn.nche.edu/publications/position/DNPEssentials.pdf 

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. (2010). Retrieved from http://www.caringroup.com/corp/


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.

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.

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