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Instructions

Post an explanation of at least two opportunities that exist for RNs and APRNs to actively participate in policy-making. Explain some of the challenges that these opportunities may present and describe how you might overcome these challenges. Finally, recommend two strategies you might make to better advocate for or communicate the existence of these opportunities to participate in policy-making. Be specific and provide examples.

** At least 3 References**

**THIS DISCUSSION IS DIVIDE IN TWO PARTS –

0. MAIN DISCUSSION POST BY TUESDAY 01/19/2021 BEFORE 8:00 PM EST

0. TWO REPLIES BY FRIDAY 01/22/2021 BEFORE 8:00 PM EST

Discussion: The Role of the RN/APRN in Policy-Making

Word cloud generators have become popular tools for meetings and team-building events. Groups or teams are asked to use these applications to input words they feel best describe their team or their role. A “word cloud” is generated by the application that makes prominent the most-used terms, offering an image of the common thinking among participants of that role.

What types of words would you use to build a nursing word cloud? Empathetic, organized, hard-working, or advocate would all certainly apply. Would you add policy-maker to your list? Do you think it would be a very prominent component of the word cloud?

Nursing has become one of the largest professions in the world, and as such, nurses have the potential to influence policy and politics on a global scale. When nurses influence the politics that improve the delivery of healthcare, they are ultimately advocating for their patients. Hence, policy-making has become an increasingly popular term among nurses as they recognize a moral and professional obligation to be engaged in healthcare legislation.

To Prepare:

· Revisit the Congress.gov website provided in the Resources and consider the role of RNs and APRNs in policy-making.

· Reflect on potential opportunities that may exist for RNs and APRNs to participate in the policy-making process.

Instructions

Post an explanation of at least two opportunities that exist for RNs and APRNs to actively participate in 
policy-making.
 Explain some of the challenges that these opportunities may present and describe how you might overcome these challenges. Finally, recommend two strategies you might make to better advocate for or communicate the existence of these opportunities to participate in policy-making. Be specific and provide examples.

** At least 3 References**

**THIS DISCUSSION IS DIVIDE IN TWO PARTS

1.

MAIN DISCUSSION POST BY TUESDAY

01/

19

/2021

BEFORE

8:00 PM EST

2.

TWO REPLIES BY FRIDAY

01/

22

/20

21

BEFORE 8:00 PM EST

Discussion:

The Role of the RN/APRN in

Policy

Making

Word cloud generators have become popular tools for meetings and team

building

events. Groups or teams are asked to use these applications to input words they feel

best describe their team or their role.

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Main Posting 45 (45%) – 50
(50%)

Answers all
parts of the
discussion
question(s)
expectations
with re�ective
critical analysis
and synthesis
of knowledge
gained from
the course
readings for the
module and
current credible
sources.
 
Supported by
at least three
current,
credible
sources.
 
Written clearly
and concisely
with no
grammatical or
spelling errors
and fully
adheres to
current APA
manual writing
rules and style.

40 (40%) – 44
(44%)

Responds to
the discussion
question(s) and
is re�ective
with critical
analysis and
synthesis of
knowledge
gained from
the course
readings for the
module.
 
At least 75% of
post has
exceptional
depth and
breadth.
 
Supported by
at least three
credible
sources.
 
Written clearly
and concisely
with one or no
grammatical or
spelling errors
and fully
adheres to
current APA
manual writing
rules and style.

35 (35%) – 39
(39%)

Responds to
some of the
discussion
question(s).
 
One or two
criteria are not
addressed or
are super�cially
addressed.
 
Is somewhat
lacking
re�ection and
critical analysis
and synthesis.
 
Somewhat
represents
knowledge
gained from the
course readings
for the module.
 
Post is cited
with two
credible
sources.
 
Written
somewhat
concisely; may
contain more
than two
spelling or
grammatical
errors.
 
Contains some
APA formatting
errors.

0 (0%) – 34 (34%)
Does not
respond to the
discussion
question(s)
adequately.
 
Lacks depth or
super�cially
addresses
criteria.
 
Lacks re�ection
and critical
analysis and
synthesis.
 
Does not
represent
knowledge
gained from the
course readings
for the module.
 
Contains only
one or no
credible
sources.
 
Not written
clearly or
concisely.
 
Contains more
than two
spelling or
grammatical
errors.
 
Does not
adhere to
current APA
manual writing
rules and style.

Main Post:
Timeliness

10 (10%) – 10
(10%)

Posts main post
by day 3.

0 (0%) – 0 (0%) 0 (0%) – 0 (0%) 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
Does not post
by day 3.

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First
Response

17 (17%) – 18
(18%)

Response
exhibits
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Instructions:

Respond to your colleague posts by suggesting additional opportunities or recommendations for overcoming the challenges described by your colleagues.

**At least 3 references**


Cassidy Braga 

Top of Form

 

         Opportunities for Registered Nurses (RN) and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) to be involved in policy-making offer the nurse the ability to be an active member in progressing positive change in the healthcare field. By becoming a member of an association such as the American Nurses Association (ANA) will begin the pathway a nurse can take to legislative political advocacy. The ANA allows its members to vote on those who will they want to join the board, offering leadership opportunities to those seeking the challenge (ANA, n.d.) Nurse leaders can work at the state or federal level, even becoming attached to congressional committees and provide input about patient care, safety procedures, and advancing nursing priorities. These committees are involved in the formation and application of these policies as they affect nursing and public health. 

         Now more than ever it is imperative that nurse leaders become politically competent and learn how to bring their expertise to the forefront of dialogue in legislative reform. Nurses can become adept at the what leadership, or legislators, in their home state have a stake in policymaking and special interest groups that can push policies in a particular direction (Ellenbecker & Edward, 2016). By opening up communication with legislators, staff members, and lobbyist the nurse can be integral in determining which issue is addressed and helping sponsor and pass important bills. Legislators are expected to cover a wide range of issues, by becoming a trustworthy voice and providing expert advice, the nurse leader can change priorities in their state. 

         Challenges that can be encountered with being a member of a nursing association is separating yourself from the hundreds or thousands of members in these organizations. Often times, it can take being a senior or tenured member to be in a position to advocate for change. These organizations are generally quite large, and its members come from all over the United States, with every state often having varying healthcare laws and practice restrictions in place. Advocating for change at the local or state level becomes difficult and presents a challenge for the nurse leader as the expectations for their advocacy role becomes national and scope of change is much broader. Becoming involved with legislators requires not only substantial knowledge in the field of nursing and healthcare but also the ability to be able to convey this information in a way that can be understood by legislators as well as advocate for change. Without the proper


Instructions:

Respond to your colleague posts by suggesting additional opportunities or recommendations for overcoming the challenges described by your colleagues.

**At least 3 references**

James Anderson 

Top of Form

In the political world of healthcare policymaking, nurses from all levels of education and training belong on these congressional committees. That is developed to help address and identified problems in the public health sector as well as helping to create healthcare policies and their implementation. There are several ways in which nursing has opportunities to help create, mold, and shape healthcare policies and how they affect nursing as a profession.

There is one unchanging truth in the world no matter the stage, there is strength in numbers. As a member of a nursing organization nurses could have their voices heard. They have the ability to represent their beliefs, and their profession to advocate for that which they wish to be introduced to congress for healthcare policy reform or creation.

Debbie D. Hatmaker, Ph.D., RN, FAAN Acting Chief Executive Officer/Chief Nursing Officer of the ANA, wrote a letter to the leaders of both the House of Representatives and the Senate. In which she is advocating for her nursing colleges who want to have their voices heard and their needs identified. She opens with, Dear Speaker Pelosi, Leader McConnell, Leader McCarthy, and Leader Schumer: On behalf of the American Nurses Association (ANA), we thank the United States Congress for its efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic (A Letter to Congress.,2020). As Congress finishes its work for the 116th session, we urge you to pass additional legislation to respond to the unprecedented public health crisis caused by the COVID19 pandemic. A continued delay will prevent the ability of our nation’s nurses and other health care providers to perform their jobs to the fullest extent possible and keep not only their patients safe, but themselves, their families, and communities safe as well (A Letter to Congress.,2020).

 In this letter, she urges Congress to put aside their political beliefs and help nursing fight this battle with Covid-19 bypassing the listed bills that would not only provide the release of extra vaccinations but would also provide for the regulation of the reuse of PPE and the addition resources to be provided to help with the increased production of PPE to be distributed throughout each sate to help protect all the nursing involved in this fight. She ends it with I encourage you to work in a bipartisan manner to pass comprehensive legislation that will protect our nation’s frontline health care workers. We look forward to continuing to work with you to protect the health of our nation and stand ready to serve as a r