Public policy plays a crucial role in shaping the healthcare landscape, influencing various aspects such as cost, quality, and access to care. As a nurse, it is important to understand how these policies impact your practice and how you can advocate for changes in policy to improve patient outcomes. In this discussion, we will explore the impact of a public policy on nursing practice and identify an issue that can be influenced through the policy process.
To begin, select a public policy that currently affects you and your practice. Consider the primary driver behind this policy, whether it is aimed at addressing cost, quality, access, or a combination of these factors. Assess whether this policy is achieving its intended results and on what data you are basing your assumption. Additionally, analyze the effects of this policy on healthcare cost, quality, and access, both positive and adverse.
Furthermore, reflect on how this policy is affecting your nursing practice. Are there any specific challenges or opportunities that have emerged as a result of this policy? Understanding the impact on your practice will provide insights into the potential areas for improvement or changes in policy.
Next, select a healthcare issue that you encounter on a daily basis and that you would like to influence through a change in public policy. This issue should be relevant to your practice and have the potential to have a significant impact on patient outcomes. By focusing on an issue that is familiar to you, you can draw on your firsthand experiences to drive meaningful change.
To guide your policy development, utilize Kingdon’s Model, which outlines the process of agenda setting and policy change. This model recognizes the three streams that must come together for policy change to occur: the problem stream, the policy stream, and the political stream. By understanding these streams and how they interact, you can effectively develop and advocate for policy changes.
In your discussion post, provide a brief description of the public policy that is impacting your practice. Summarize your analysis of the policy using the following bulleted list as a guide:
– Health care driver addressed by the policy (cost, quality, access, or a combination)
– Assessment of whether the policy is achieving its intended results and the basis for this assumption
– Effects of the policy on health care cost, quality, and access
– How the policy is affecting your nursing practice
Additionally, outline the healthcare issue that you would like to influence through policy change and explain how you would utilize Kingdon’s Model to guide your policy development. By clearly articulating the problem, identifying potential policy solutions, and engaging with the political environment, you can effectively advocate for change and improve patient outcomes.
In conclusion, understanding the impact of public policies on nursing practice is essential for advocating for changes that improve patient care. By selecting a public policy that affects your practice and identifying a healthcare issue that you would like to influence, you can utilize Kingdon’s Model to guide your policy development and drive meaningful change in the healthcare system.