Policy And Politics For Nurses And Other Health Professionals

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Overview

Policy and Politics for Nurses and Other Health Professionals: Advocacy and Action provides a nursing focus within an interdisciplinary approach, which intertwines to create an understanding of economics, politics, and policy in relation to health care. Contributors to this text offer future nurses and healthcare providers keen insight about clinical practice and its derivation from regulation, laws, and policies that have roots in public policy and politics.

This innovative text also offers practical knowledge on how healthcare professionals can get involved and be proactive in the policy that directly affects their profession and patients.

Key pedagogical features include chapter objectives, summaries, examples, boxed articles, case studies, review questions, key terms, photographs, and a toolkit that includes a "skills" section of how-tos.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Carole A. Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (Council of International Neonatal Nurses)
Description: This book describes health policy in the context of the current healthcare delivery system.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a reality-based discussion of healthcare delivery as it is viewed by the grassroots — nurses and allied health professionals. The policy and economics that underlie what these professionals see are presented to increase the understanding of the impact these factors have on the system. The overarching hope is to engage professionals in grassroots efforts to improve health outcomes and the system.
Audience: The intended audience is nurses, practitioners, and allied health professionals or students of these professions.
Features: Setting the tone for the rest of the book, the first chapter addresses why this book rather than other policy books. The typical policy issues of access to care and labor force issues — supply and demand for physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals — is followed by the factors impacting healthcare delivery, including financing. The last section addresses the drivers of healthcare, covering technology and quality and including a toolkit. The use of case studies throughout demonstrates application. The policy toolkit is user friendly and is appropriate for readers in a professional organization or in a healthcare delivery setting.
Assessment: There are many policy books, such as Understanding Health Policy: A Clinical Approach, 5th edition, Bodenheimer and Grumbach (McGraw-Hill, 2009), and Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care, 5th edition, Mason et al. (Elsevier, 2007). All of them cover the same topics, but do not present the material in an easy to understand and immediately applicable fashion like this book does. The use of cases that present real-world examples helps bring policy to the grassroots level.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Carole Ann Kenner, DNS, MSN, BSN (Northeastern University Bouve College of Health Sciences)
Description: This book describes health policy in the context of the current healthcare delivery system.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a reality-based discussion of healthcare delivery as it is viewed by the grassroots — nurses and allied health professionals. The policy and economics that underlie what these professionals see are presented to increase the understanding of the impact these factors have on the system. The overarching hope is to engage professionals in grassroots efforts to improve health outcomes and the system.
Audience: The intended audience is nurses, practitioners, and allied health professionals or students of these professions.
Features: Setting the tone for the rest of the book, the first chapter addresses why this book rather than other policy books. The typical policy issues of access to care and labor force issues — supply and demand for physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals — is followed by the factors impacting healthcare delivery, including financing. The last section addresses the drivers of healthcare, covering technology and quality and including a toolkit. The use of case studies throughout demonstrates application. The policy toolkit is user friendly and is appropriate for readers in a professional organization or in a healthcare delivery setting.
Assessment: There are many policy books, such as Understanding Health Policy: A Clinical Approach , 5th edition, Bodenheimer and Grumbach (McGraw-Hill, 2009) , and Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care , 5th edition, Mason et al. (Elsevier, 2007). All of them cover the same topics, but do not present the material in an easy to understand and immediately applicable fashion like this book does. The use of cases that present real-world examples helps bring policy to the grassroots level.
From The Critics
Reviewer:Carole Ann Kenner, DNS, MSN, BSN(Northeastern University Bouve College of Health Sciences)
Description:This book describes health policy in the context of the current healthcare delivery system.
Purpose:The purpose is to provide a reality-based discussion of healthcare delivery as it is viewed by the grassroots -- nurses and allied health professionals. The policy and economics that underlie what these professionals see are presented to increase the understanding of the impact these factors have on the system. The overarching hope is to engage professionals in grassroots efforts to improve health outcomes and the system.
Audience:The intended audience is nurses, practitioners, and allied health professionals or students of these professions.
Features:Setting the tone for the rest of the book, the first chapter addresses why this book rather than other policy books. The typical policy issues of access to care and labor force issues -- supply and demand for physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals -- is followed by the factors impacting healthcare delivery, including financing. The last section addresses the drivers of healthcare, covering technology and quality and including a toolkit. The use of case studies throughout demonstrates application. The policy toolkit is user friendly and is appropriate for readers in a professional organization or in a healthcare delivery setting.
Assessment:There are many policy books, such as Understanding Health Policy: A Clinical Approach, 5th edition, Bodenheimer and Grumbach (McGraw-Hill, 2009), and Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care, 5th edition, Mason et al. (Elsevier, 2007). All of them cover the same topics, but do not present the material in an easy to understand and immediately applicable fashion like this book does. The use of cases that present real-world examples helps bring policy to the grassroots level.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Carole Ann Kenner, PhD, MSN, BSN(Northeastern University Bouve College of Health Sciences)
Description: This book describes health policy in the context of the current healthcare delivery system.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a reality-based discussion of healthcare delivery as it is viewed by the grassroots — nurses and allied health professionals. The policy and economics that underlie what these professionals see are presented to increase the understanding of the impact these factors have on the system. The overarching hope is to engage professionals in grassroots efforts to improve health outcomes and the system.
Audience: The intended audience is nurses, practitioners, and allied health professionals or students of these professions.
Features: Setting the tone for the rest of the book, the first chapter addresses why this book rather than other policy books. The typical policy issues of access to care and labor force issues — supply and demand for physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals — is followed by the factors impacting healthcare delivery, including financing. The last section addresses the drivers of healthcare, covering technology and quality and including a toolkit. The use of case studies throughout demonstrates application. The policy toolkit is user friendly and is appropriate for readers in a professional organization or in a healthcare delivery setting.
Assessment: There are many policy books, such as Understanding Health Policy: A Clinical Approach, 5th edition, Bodenheimer and Grumbach (McGraw-Hill, 2009), and Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care, 5th edition, Mason et al. (Elsevier, 2007). All of them cover the same topics, but do not present the material in an easy to understand and immediately applicable fashion like this book does. The use of cases that present real-world examples helps bring policy to the grassroots level.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763756598
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Publication date: 3/26/2010
  • Edition description: 1E
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 208,239
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Richard H. Carmona ix

Preface xi

Contributors xiii

Section I Introduction 1

1 To Engage or Not Engage: The Choice Confronting Nurses and Other Health Professionals Nancy Aries 3

2 Health Status and Access to Care Paula Lucey 25

Section II The Health Labor Force: Understanding the Distribution of Power and Influence 51

3 Physicians Nancy Aries Barbara Caress 53

4 Nurses Donna M. Nickitas 75

5 Allied and Other Health Professionals Donna M. Nickitas 103

Section III Healthcare Providers: Understanding How Power, Markets, and Government Impact the Organization and Delivery of Care 121

6 Hospitals: The Power of Institutional Interests Nancy Aries Barbara Caress 123

7 Long-Term Care Emma Kontzamanis Keville Frederickson 143

8 Mental and Behavioral Health: Clinical and Policy Impact on Mental Health Trends Kunsook Bernstein Joseph Saladino 155

9 Public Health Policy: Promotion, Prevention, and Protection Mary Mincer Hansen Mary Jones 181

Section IV Healthcare Finance: Understanding the Role of Markets in Government 209

10 Healthcare Costs: Follow the Money! Jonathan Engel 211

11 The History of Health Insurance in the United States Leah Curtin Franklin A. Shaffer 237

Section V Drivers 261

12 Advancing the Use of Technology in the Organization and Delivery of Health Care Diane J. Skiba Donna Dulong 263

13 Healthcare Quality Donna J. Middaugh 287

14 Health Services Research Donna M. Nickitas Keville Frederickson Jonathan Small 309

15 Conclusions: A Policy Toolkit for Healthcare Providers and Activists Roby Robertson Donna J. Middaugh 327

Appendix A Web Resources Lametria Wafford 353

Appendix B Glossary of Managed Care Terminology 357

Index 365

Photo Credits 377

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