Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care / Edition 4

Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care / Edition 4

by Diana J. Mason, Mary W. Chaffee, Judith K. Leavitt, Judith K. Leavitt

ISBN-10: 0721695345

ISBN-13: 9780721695341

Pub. Date: 01/28/2002

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

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

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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.

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Table of Contents

1Policy and Politics: A Framework for Action1
2Pride in Our Past: Nursing's Political Roots19
3Learning the Ropes of Policy and Politics31
Vignette: The Nurse in Washington Internship44
Vignette: The White House Fellowship46
Vignette: Learning the Ropes as a Congressional Staffer51
4Policy Development and Analysis55
5Political Analysis and Strategies71
Vignette: Abottsford Community Health Center and Pennsylvania Politics87
6Communication Skills for Political Success93
Policy Spotlight: Achieving Health Literacy107
7Conflict Management113
8Coalitions: A Powerful Political Strategy121
Policy Spotlight: Success through Unity: A Coalition's Efforts to Expand the U.S. Military Health Program130
Vignette: The International Nursing Coalition on Mass Casualty Education135
9Research as a Political and Policy Tool141
10Role of Media in Influencing Policy: Getting the Message Across157
Vignette: Free Media Coverage: Using Letters (Messages) to the Editor and Calls to Radio Talk Shows171
Vignette: The Nurse on a TV News Team172
11Ethical Issues in Health Care, Public Policy, and Politics177
Case Study: Transforming Vision Into Reality: The Vietnam Women's Memorial185
12Organization and Delivery of Health Care in the United States: A Patchwork System201
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 Caution218
Policy Spotlight: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health and Health Care222
13Health Economics229
14Health Care Financing241
Vignette: Managing Managed Care: A Nurse Practitioner Response to Barriers to Direct Third-Party Reimbursement265
Policy Spotlight: Medicare at the Crossroads272
Policy Spotlight: Medicare Payment and Reimbursement Policies for Nurse Anesthesia Practice276
Policy Spotlight: Social Security: Key to Economic Security287
Policy Spotlight: Complementary Therapies: Reimbursement Issues293
Case Study: Rationing Health Care: The Oregon Story299
15Contemporary Issues in the Health Care Workplace311
Vignette: The Politics of Case Management319
Policy Spotlight: The ANCC Magnet Recognition Program and Magnet Hospitals324
Vignette: Achieving Excellence in Nursing Practice328
16Creating Change in the Workplace333
Vignette: Why Change Efforts Fail345
Vignette: Dancing with the Chaos: A Grassroots Approach to Transformation and Healing347
Policy Spotlight: Realities of Implementing Change in a Health Care Organization354
Vignette: Family Presence at the Bedside during Invasive Procedures and CPR: When Pigs Fly356
17Politics of the Nursing Workforce363
18Future of Advanced Practice Nursing371
Vignette: Managed Care Mandated Coverage in Maine: A Grassroots Success Story379
19Collective Action in Health Care387
20Politics of Nursing Research399
Case Study: Needlestick Injuries in the Workplace: Implications for Public Policy412
21Contemporary Issues in Government421
Policy Spotlight: The Epidemic in Health Care Errors: One Government Agency's Response437
Policy Spotlight: Genetic Issues: Government Responses and Nursing Implications443
22Legislative and Regulatory Processes451
Vignette: Maryland's Nurse Practitioners: Lessons Learned during the 2001 Legislative Session462
Vignette: How Regulations are Shaped: The Rules of the Game467
23Nursing and the Courts471
24Local Government479
25State Government: 50 Paths to Policy491
Vignette: Journey to the Wisconsin Legislature498
Vignette: Influence of the Nursing Community on Mississippi's Tobacco Settlement Allocation505
Policy Spotlight: Role of State Boards of Nursing in Policy510
26The Federal Government515
Vignette: The Nurse as Member of Congress533
Vignette: I Believed I Could Make a Difference536
Vignette: Zapping Asthma: Atlanta Leads a National Health and Environmental Initiative538
27Political Appointments543
28Lobbying Policymakers: Individual and Collective Strategies551
Vignette: Lobbying: An Inside View561
29The American Voter and Nursing's Leadership in Political Campaigns565
Vignette: Campaign Management: Policy's Primary Prevention Strategy579
Policy Spotlight: Political Activity of Government-Employed Nurses583
Case Study: Pilgrim in Politics588
30Contemporary Issues in Professional Organizations601
31You and Your Professional Organization609
Vignette: Getting to the Top: Martha Hill, President of the American Heart Association621
32The Power and Influence of Special Interest Groups in Health Care627
Case Study: Political Action Case Studies: Nursing Organizations in Action639
Ensuring Nurses Are at the Policy Table: American Association of Occupational Health Nurses640
Interdisciplinary Advocacy: American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition643
Advocacy for Clinical Nurse Specialists: National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists644
Promoting Pain Management By Influencing Policy: Oncology Nursing Society646
Shaping a State's Screening Policy: Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates648
Collaboration, Communication, and Persistence Make a Difference: Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses Society650
United We Stand: NP Response to the AMA's Citizen's Petition654
33Where Policy Hits the Pavement: Contemporary Issues in Communities659
Policy Spotlight: Spotlight on Child Care Policy Making669
Vignette: Emergency Nurses CARE: Where the Rubber Meets the Road676
Vignette: Transition from Incarceration: An Innovative Community Faith-Based Program for Women682
34Working with the Community for Change687
Vignette: Environmental Health Policy: Environmental Justice696
Policy Spotlight: Turning Point: Collaborating for a New Century in Public Health701
35Nursing in the International Community711
Policy Spotlight: Emerging Infectious Diseases722
Policy Spotlight: Licensing and Regulation of Nurses in the United Arab Emirates728
Case Study: Environmental Advocacy: A Nurse's Journey735
AGlossary of Health, Policy, and Political Terms and Acronyms745
BInternships and Fellowships755
CHealth Care, Health Policy, Political, Government, and Media Resources765

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