Apr 13, 2024  
2012-2013 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2012-2013 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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NU 508 - Policies, Politics & Change

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.

Assignment Overview
Assignments: 5 Units

Interactivity: Discussion Board

Final Assessment: Final Paper

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

  • Assess the effectiveness of the political activism of nurses and nursing in influencing change in contemporary society as well as throughout history.
  • Describe how policies develop and change and how they affect health, health care, and nursing practice. 
  • Analyze contemporary public policy related to selected health-related issues. 
  • Assess how values influence political agendas. 
  • Develop and evaluate strategies to influence change in workplaces, organizations, communities, and governments.

Credits: 3

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