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The complete resource for the nursing and health care perspective on politics and policy with detailed information from leading experts in the field.

Enables readers to analyze policy issues, enhance their political knowledge and skills, and prepare for leadership roles in policy-making and public health. This resource cultivates the development of valuable skills including conflict management, lobbying, the use of media, and working with communities for change -- essential abilities for any nurse assuming a leadership role in today’s changing health care environment.


* Updated Policy Spotlights focus on policy issues such as Stem Cell Research, Medical Marijuana, Genetics, and Intimate Partner Violence.

* Updated Vignettes detail personal experiences, opportunities, and challenges facing a nurse in this career path.

* New Taking Action sections highlight a policy issue or political strategy and provide nurses with examples of how they can take action.

* Evidence-Based Practice (research) and its impact on health care policy and politics is integrated where appropriate.

* New Web Resource boxes include recommended website addresses for students to obtain additional information.


* Solid breadth and depth of content covers both policy and politics.

* Contributors include many leading nurse experts in policy and politics.

* A diverse mix of styles, perspectives, and levels of content to appeal to many nursing audiences.

* Policy Spotlights provide key information on specific policy issues such as complementary therapies, reimbursement, social security, childcare and Medicare issues and options.

"The third edition of the six time AJN Book of the Year textbook interweaves scholarly discussions with personal stories and prominent cases...draws from the expertise of over 100 professional nurse contributors."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416023142
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 10/30/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 1104
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.53 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Policy and Politics: A Framework for Action 1
2 Pride in Our Past: Nursing's Political Roots 19
3 Learning the Ropes of Policy and Politics 31
Vignette: The Nurse in Washington Internship 44
Vignette: The White House Fellowship 46
Vignette: Learning the Ropes as a Congressional Staffer 51
4 Policy Development and Analysis 55
5 Political Analysis and Strategies 71
Vignette: Abottsford Community Health Center and Pennsylvania Politics 87
6 Communication Skills for Political Success 93
Policy Spotlight: Achieving Health Literacy 107
7 Conflict Management 113
8 Coalitions: A Powerful Political Strategy 121
Policy Spotlight: Success through Unity: A Coalition's Efforts to Expand the U.S. Military Health Program 130
Vignette: The International Nursing Coalition on Mass Casualty Education 135
9 Research as a Political and Policy Tool 141
10 Role of Media in Influencing Policy: Getting the Message Across 157
Vignette: Free Media Coverage: Using Letters (Messages) to the Editor and Calls to Radio Talk Shows 171
Vignette: The Nurse on a TV News Team 172
11 Ethical Issues in Health Care, Public Policy, and Politics 177
Case Study: Transforming Vision Into Reality: The Vietnam Women's Memorial 185
12 Organization and Delivery of Health Care in the United States: A Patchwork System 201
Policy Spotlight: Could a National Health System Work in the United States? 214
Policy Spotlight: Managed Care and Mental Health: A Mixture of Optimism and Caution 218
Policy Spotlight: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health and Health Care 222
13 Health Economics 229
14 Health Care Financing 241
Vignette: Managing Managed Care: A Nurse Practitioner Response to Barriers to Direct Third-Party Reimbursement 265
Policy Spotlight: Medicare at the Crossroads 272
Policy Spotlight: Medicare Payment and Reimbursement Policies for Nurse Anesthesia Practice 276
Policy Spotlight: Social Security: Key to Economic Security 287
Policy Spotlight: Complementary Therapies: Reimbursement Issues 293
Case Study: Rationing Health Care: The Oregon Story 299
15 Contemporary Issues in the Health Care Workplace 311
Vignette: The Politics of Case Management 319
Policy Spotlight: The ANCC Magnet Recognition Program and Magnet Hospitals 324
Vignette: Achieving Excellence in Nursing Practice 328
16 Creating Change in the Workplace 333
Vignette: Why Change Efforts Fail 345
Vignette: Dancing with the Chaos: A Grassroots Approach to Transformation and Healing 347
Policy Spotlight: Realities of Implementing Change in a Health Care Organization 354
Vignette: Family Presence at the Bedside during Invasive Procedures and CPR: When Pigs Fly 356
17 Politics of the Nursing Workforce 363
18 Future of Advanced Practice Nursing 371
Vignette: Managed Care Mandated Coverage in Maine: A Grassroots Success Story 379
19 Collective Action in Health Care 387
20 Politics of Nursing Research 399
Case Study: Needlestick Injuries in the Workplace: Implications for Public Policy 412
21 Contemporary Issues in Government 421
Policy Spotlight: The Epidemic in Health Care Errors: One Government Agency's Response 437
Policy Spotlight: Genetic Issues: Government Responses and Nursing Implications 443
22 Legislative and Regulatory Processes 451
Vignette: Maryland's Nurse Practitioners: Lessons Learned during the 2001 Legislative Session 462
Vignette: How Regulations are Shaped: The Rules of the Game 467
23 Nursing and the Courts 471
24 Local Government 479
25 State Government: 50 Paths to Policy 491
Vignette: Journey to the Wisconsin Legislature 498
Vignette: Influence of the Nursing Community on Mississippi's Tobacco Settlement Allocation 505
Policy Spotlight: Role of State Boards of Nursing in Policy 510
26 The Federal Government 515
Vignette: The Nurse as Member of Congress 533
Vignette: I Believed I Could Make a Difference 536
Vignette: Zapping Asthma: Atlanta Leads a National Health and Environmental Initiative 538
27 Political Appointments 543
28 Lobbying Policymakers: Individual and Collective Strategies 551
Vignette: Lobbying: An Inside View 561
29 The American Voter and Nursing's Leadership in Political Campaigns 565
Vignette: Campaign Management: Policy's Primary Prevention Strategy 579
Policy Spotlight: Political Activity of Government-Employed Nurses 583
Case Study: Pilgrim in Politics 588
30 Contemporary Issues in Professional Organizations 601
31 You and Your Professional Organization 609
Vignette: Getting to the Top: Martha Hill, President of the American Heart Association 621
32 The Power and Influence of Special Interest Groups in Health Care 627
Case Study: Political Action Case Studies: Nursing Organizations in Action 639
Introduction 639
Ensuring Nurses Are at the Policy Table: American Association of Occupational Health Nurses 640
Interdisciplinary Advocacy: American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition 643
Advocacy for Clinical Nurse Specialists: National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists 644
Promoting Pain Management By Influencing Policy: Oncology Nursing Society 646
Shaping a State's Screening Policy: Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates 648
Collaboration, Communication, and Persistence Make a Difference: Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses Society 650
United We Stand: NP Response to the AMA's Citizen's Petition 654
33 Where Policy Hits the Pavement: Contemporary Issues in Communities 659
Policy Spotlight: Spotlight on Child Care Policy Making 669
Vignette: Emergency Nurses CARE: Where the Rubber Meets the Road 676
Vignette: Transition from Incarceration: An Innovative Community Faith-Based Program for Women 682
34 Working with the Community for Change 687
Vignette: Environmental Health Policy: Environmental Justice 696
Policy Spotlight: Turning Point: Collaborating for a New Century in Public Health 701
35 Nursing in the International Community 711
Policy Spotlight: Emerging Infectious Diseases 722
Policy Spotlight: Licensing and Regulation of Nurses in the United Arab Emirates 728
Case Study: Environmental Advocacy: A Nurse's Journey 735
A Glossary of Health, Policy, and Political Terms and Acronyms 745
B Internships and Fellowships 755
C Health Care, Health Policy, Political, Government, and Media Resources 765
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    Good book to read. Presents many current issues related to health care economics and policy. Easy to read.

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