Advocating Through Policy

Advocating Through Policy



As noted by Dr. Stanley and Dr. White in this week’s media presentation, professional nurses should be engaging in advocacy efforts to improve health and nursing practice through involvement in the policy process at the institutional, local, state, or federal levels. This array of possibilities for involvement provides opportunities for all nurses, regardless of time, or other possible constraints. Successful policy making is a collaborative effort, and one that commands mutual respect from all involved. Your involvement in policy making can lead to expanded opportunities as both a nurse leader and as a respected member of an interprofessional health care team.


Note: This Discussion provides a forum for discussing advocacy opportunities and honing your presentation skills in a small group setting.



To prepare:


  • Reflect      on the insights offered by Dr. Stanley and Dr. White on engaging in      advocacy through the policy process.
  • Identify      a practice issue that is of interest to you and that could benefit from      advocacy efforts through the policy process.
  • Consider      the stakeholders and any special interest or professional organizations      that would support your issue.
  • Develop a short, yet      persuasive PowerPoint (up to 3 slides IN APA FORMAT) as follows:


1) Identify the practice issue that would benefit from being addressed through the policy process



2) Represent the key stakeholders (i.e. use graphical images when possible)



3) Propose one strategy for how a nurse could advocate for this issue


The PowerPoint should be succinct, visually appealing, and effective.




By Tuesday 5/8/18 6pm


Post your PowerPoint presentation.




Required Readings




Bodenheimer, T., & Grumbach, K. (2016). Understanding health policy: A clinical approach (7th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Medical.


  • Chapter      17, “Conclusion: Tensions and Challenges”

         This chapter concludes with final thoughts on the challenge of providing      quality health care and controlling health care costs. The solution is      likely to be resolved only by a collaborative approach, involving all      health care stakeholders, and by health professionals taking the lead.


Howard, J., Levy, F., Mareiniss, D. P., Craven, C. K., McCarthy, M., Epstein-Peterson, Z. D., & et al. (2010). New legal protections for reporting patient errors under the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act: A review of the medical literature and analysis. Journal of Patient Safety, 6(3), 147-152.


The authors studied the dissemination of information on the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act (PSQIA), a federal act that affords protection to those reporting medical errors. They found medical literature to be inadequate in this regard, and as a result, medical personnel were uninformed on their legal protections. This lack of information has become a barrier to policy implementation.




Jacobson, N., Butterill, D., & Goering, P. (2003). Development of a framework for knowledge translation: Understanding user context. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, 8(2), 94–99.


Lau, B., San Miguel, S., & Chow, J. (2010). Policy and clinical practice: Audit tools to measure adherence. Renal Society of Australasia Journal, 6(1), 36–40.


The authors study the compliance to renal-care policies by health care professionals. They conclude with the necessity for nurses to support evidence-based protocols as well as to obtain continuing education on new protocols.