Policy and Politics in Nursing and Healthcare - Revised Reprint book cover

Policy and Politics in Nursing and Healthcare - Revised Reprint

Featuring analysis of healthcare issues and first-person stories, Policy & Politics in Nursing and Health Care helps you develop skills in influencing policy in today’s changing health care environment. 145 expert contributors present a wide range of topics in policies and politics, providing a more complete background than can be found in any other policy textbook on the market. Discussions include the latest updates on conflict management, health economics, lobbying, the use of media, and working with communities for change. The revised reprint includes a new appendix with coverage of the new Affordable Care Act. With these insights and strategies, you’ll be prepared to play a leadership role in the four spheres in which nurses are politically active: the workplace, government, professional organizations, and the community.

Paperback, 832 Pages

Published: September 2013

Imprint: Saunders

ISBN: 978-0-323-24241-7


  • Unit 1: Introduction to Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care
    1.  A Framework for Action in Policy and Politics
    2.  A Historical Perspective on Policy, Politics and Nursing
    3.  Learning the Ropes of Policy, Politics, and Advocacy
    4.  TAKING ACTION How I Learned the Ropes of Policy and Politics
    5.  Advocacy in Nursing and Health Care  
    6.  A Primer on Political Philosophy
    7.  The Policy Process
    8.  Political Analysis and Strategies
    9.  Health Policy, Politics, and Professional Ethics
    10. Using the Power of Media to Influence Health Policy and Politics
    11.  Communications Skills for Success in Policy and Politics
    12.  Conflict Management in Health Care: The Tipping Point Arrives
    Unit 2: Health Care Delivery and Financing
    13.  The United States Health Care System
    14.  Financing Health Care in the United States
    15.  Could a National Health System Work in the United States?
    16.  A Primer on Health Economics
    17.  Reforming Medicare
    18.  Children’s Health Insurance Coverage: Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Program
    19.  The United States Military Health System: Policy Challenges in Wartime and Peacetime
    20.  The Veteran’s Administration Health System: An Overview of Major Policy Issues
    21.  The Uninsured and Underinsured-On the Cusp of Health Reform  
    22.  Policy Approaches to Address Health Disparities  
    23.  The Rural Health Care Tundra  
    24.  Long-Term Care Policy Issues
    25.  Home Care and Hospice: Evolving Policy  
    26.  Achieving Mental Health Parity
    27.  Integrative Health: Pathway to Health Reform and a Healthier Nation
    28.  Nursing’s Influence on Drug Development and Safety
    29.  Chronic Care Policy: Medical Homes and Primary Care  
    30.  Family Caregiving and Social Policy
    31.  Retail Health Care Clinics: Filling a Gap in the Health Care System 
    32.  Nurse-Managed Health Centers
    33.  Community Health Centers: Successful Advocacy for Expanding Health Care Access
    34.  TAKING ACTION Setting Health Care in its Social Context
    35.  TAKING ACTION Reimbursement Issues for Nurse Anesthetists: A Continuing Challenge
    36.  The Role of Foundations in Improving Health Care
    37.  Social Security: Key to Economic Security
    38.  The United Kingdom’s Health System: Myths and Realities
    Unit 3: Policy and Politics in Research and Nursing Science
    39.  Science, Policy, and Politics 
    40.  Research as a Political and Policy Tool
    41.  Health Services Research: Translating Research into Policy
    42.  Politics and Evidence-Based Practice and Policy 
    43.  The Society for Women’s Health Research: Using Evidence-Based Policy to Improve Health
    44.  Using Research to Advance Healthy Social Policies for Children
    45.  TAKING ACTION Reefer Madness: The Clash of Science, Politics, and Medical Marijuana
    46.  TAKING ACTION The Journey into the Hallowed Halls of Politics: How Nurse Practitioners Changed Pennsylvania Policy
    Unit 4: Policy and Politics in the Workplace and Workforce
    47.  Policy and Politics in the Contemporary Work Environment
    48.  Quality and Safety in Healthcare: Policy Issues  
    49.  The Nursing Workforce
    50.  Nursing Education Policy: The Unending Debate Over Entry into Practice and the New Debate over Doctoral Degrees 
    51.  The Politics of Advanced Practice Nursing
    52.  Global Nurse Migration 
    53.  Nurse Staffing Ratios: Policy Options 
    54.  TAKING ACTION Aligning Care at the Bedside with the C-Suite
    55.  TAKING ACTION When a Hurricane Strikes: The Challenge of Crafting Workplace Policy
    56.  Workplace Abuse in Nursing: Policy Strategies 
    57.  TAKING ACTION Advocating for Nurses Injured in the Workplace 
    58.  TAKING ACTION Influencing the Workplace by Serving on a Hospital’s Board of Directors
    59.  The Intersection of Technology and Health Care: Policy and Practice Implications
    60.  Influence of Magnet  Recognition® on Organization and Workplace Policy
    61.  Collective Bargaining in Nursing
    62.  Workplace Advocacy
    Unit 5: Policy and Politics in the Government
    63.  Contemporary Issues in Government
    64.  How Government Works: What You Need to Know to Influence the Process
    65.  An Overview of Legislation and Regulation
    66.  Nursing Licensure and Regulation
    67.  Regulating Industrial Chemicals to Protect the Environment and Human Health
    68.  Lobbying Policymakers: Individual and Collective Strategies
    69.  TAKING ACTION An Insider’s View of Lobbying
    70.  Political Appointments
    71.  TAKING ACTION Influencing Policy as a Member of the San Francisco Health Commission
    72.  Nursing and the Courts
    73.  The American Voter and the Electoral Process
    74.  TAKING ACTION Anatomy of a Political Campaign
    75.  TAKING ACTION Nurses for Obama: My Advocacy and Experience on the Campaign Trail
    76.  Is There a Nurse in the House? The Nurses in the United States Congress
    77.  TAKING ACTION Nurse, Educator, and Legislator: My Journey to the Delaware General Assembly
    78.  TAKING ACTION Into the Rabbit Hole: My Journey to Service on a City Council
    79.  TAKING ACTION Truth or Dare: One Nurse’s Political Campaign
    80.  Political Activity: Different Rules for Government-Employed Nurses
    Unit 6: Policy and Politics in Associations and Interest Groups
    81.  Interest Groups in Health Care Policy and Politics
    82.  Current Issues in Nursing Associations
    83.  Professional Nursing Associations: Meeting Needs of Nurses and the Profession
    84.  TAKING ACTION The Center to Champion Nursing in America: Mobilizing Consumers and Other Stakeholders
    85.  TAKING ACTION The Raise the Voice Campaign: Nurse-Led Innovations Changing Public Policy 
    86.  Coalitions: A Powerful Political Strategy
    87.  TAKING ACTION A Rough Road in Texas: Advanced Practice Nurses Build a Strong Coalition
    88.  TAKING ACTION The National Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health
    89.  TAKING ACTION The Virginia Nursing Kitchen Cabinet
    90.  The Politics of the Pharmaceutical Industry
    Unit 7: Policy and Politics in the Community
    91.  Where Policy Hits the Pavement: Contemporary Issues in Communities
    92.  An Introduction to Community Activism
    93.  TAKING ACTION From Sewage Problems to the Statehouse: My Life as an Elected Official
    94.  TAKING ACTION Community Advocacy in Pennsylvania: How I Worked to Make My Community Healthier
    95.  TAKING ACTION A Nurse Practitioner’s Advocacy Efforts in Nevada
    96.  TAKING ACTION One Nurse’s Fight Against Gang Violence in California
    97.  TAKING ACTION The Canary Coalition for Clean Air in North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains
    98.  TAKING ACTION The Nightingales Take on Big Tobacco
    99.  Lactivism: Breastfeeding Advocacy in the United States
    100.  TAKING ACTION Postpartum Depression: The Convergence of Media Coverage and Community Activism to Influence Health Policy
    101.  Nursing in the International Community: A Broader View of Nursing Issues
    102.  TAKING ACTION Ugandan Nurses Leading Health Policy Change  
    103.  Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Disease: A Global Challenge
    104.  Human Trafficking: The Need for Nursing Advocacy  
    Appendix A: The Affordable Care Act: Historical Context and an Introduction to the State of Health Care in the United States  NEW!
    Appendix B: Health Policy Internships and Fellowships


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