May 28, 2024  
2014-2015 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2014-2015 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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NU 412 - Healthcare Policy

This course examines the nature and quality of health care delivery systems and health-related social programs from a nursing perspective. The role of the baccalaureate nurse requires scrutiny and understanding of social policy at the organizational, community state, federal and international level. Critical thinking skills and strategies needed by professional nurses to participate in health care planning and health care consumer advocacy for improved health services are emphasized.

Prerequisites & Notes
All 300 level NU courses

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

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory environments, including local, state, national, and global healthcare trends (AACN V, 1).
  • Describe how health care is organized and financed, including the implications of business principles, such as patient and system cost factors (AACN V, 2).
  • Compare the benefits and limitations of the major forms of reimbursement on the delivery of health care services (AACN V, 3).
  • Examine legislative and regulatory processes relevant to the provision of health care (AACN V, 4).
  • Describe state and national statutes, rules, and regulations that authorize and define professional nursing practice (AACN V, 5).
  • Examine the roles and responsibilities of the regulatory agencies and their effect on patient care quality, workplace safety, and the scope of nursing and other health professionals’ practice (AACN V, 7).

Credits: 3

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