Feb 22, 2019  
2018 - 2019 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog 
2018 - 2019 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog
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NU 508 - Policy, Quality & Safety

Explores how nursing influences and is influenced by policy setting and political action, and how its sphere of influence in the political arena has had, and continues to have, a major impact upon the health of people, health care in general, and the development of nursing as a professional discipline. Past and current trends in public, social, health, institutional, and organizational policies will be examined. The impact of values, including those traditionally tied to nursing, on the development and ongoing modification of policy will be analyzed. Students will be guided in the analysis of current policies and the exploration of political strategies available to them as individuals, and as members of groups or organizations.

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Analyze how policies influence the structure and financing of health care, practice, and health outcomes. (MSN Essential VI)
  • Participate in the development and implementation of institutional, local, and state and federal policy. (MSN Essential IV)
  • Examine the effect of legal and regulatory processes on nursing practice, healthcare delivery, and outcomes. (MSN Essential VI)
  • Interpret research, bringing the nursing perspective, for policy makers and stakeholders. (MSN Essential VI)
  • Advocate for policies that improve the health of the public and the profession of nursing. (MSN Essential VI)
  • Analyze information about quality initiatives recognizing the contributions of individuals and inter-professional healthcare teams to improve health outcomes across the continuum of care. (MSN Essential III)

Credits: 3

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