NUR 310: Healthcare Policy, Economics, Regulation and Ethics

Course Description

This course examines the leadership issues related to professional nursing and health from an economic, legal, regulatory and political framework. Evidence based strategies designed to influence organizational, institutional and governmental decisions impacting nursing, leadership and healthcare are discussed. Topics for discussion include compliance with regulatory standards, nursing ethics and professional responsibility and the sociopolitical landscape.

(3 credits)

Prerequisites

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2
  • NUR 301: Baccalaureate Nursing Role

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Upon completion of this course, the student will have gained knowledge about:

  1. Analyze the role of relevant regulatory bodies on nursing practice and healthcare organizations.
  2. Demonstrate a working knowledge of staffing budget development in inpatient and outpatient settings.
  3. Discuss the impact of value-based reimbursement.
  4. Investigate how healthcare policy at national and state levels affects nursing practice and the profession.
  5. Engage in ethical reasoning and actions to promote advocacy, collaboration and social justice.
  6. Articulate legal and ethical issues relevant to nursing care management in a varietyof healthcare settings.
  7. Employ problem solving strategies to determine the potential of nursing professionals to address healthcare disparities.

  8. Identify community, state and global health issues that influence the delivery of healthcare.
  9. Describe strategies to address ethical dilemmas in nursing practice and organizational leadership.
  10. Demonstrate understanding of ethical principles, values, concepts and decision making that apply to professional nursing practice, interprofessional collaboration and patient care.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

 

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore

  • Mason, Gardner, Outlaw and O’Grady. Policy & Politics in Nursing and Health Care. 7th ed.Elsevier, 2016. ISBN-13: 978-0-323-24144-1
  • Fowler, Marsha Diane Mary. Guide to the Code of Ethics for Nurses: With Interpretive Statements: Development, Interpretation, and Application. 2nd ed. American Nurses Association, 2015. ISBN-10: 1-55810-603-0 or ISBN-13: 978-1-55810-603-1
    • Note: The Guide textbook is used in multiple courses.

 

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

Discussions (8 pts each, Weeks 1-8)

64%

Project 1 (Week 2)

8%

Project 2 (Week 4)

8%

Project 3 (Week 6)

8%

Project 4 (Week 8)12%

Total

100%

Course Projects

See rubric in course policies for grading details.

  1. Week 2, Project 1: Nurse Staffing
    1. Review ANA Principles of Nurse Staffing.
    2. Include the following in Project 1:

      • Choose one of the five principles of nurse staffing.
      • Interview a practicing nurse regarding the implementation of this principle in their work environment.
  2. Week 4, Project 2: Policy and Politics in the Workplace and Workforce
    1. Identify a workplace and /or workforce issue and suggest a solution applying your knowledge about policy, politics and creating change.
    2. Include the following in Project 2:

      • Identify the issue and explain your proposed solution
      • Explain the steps and resources needed to implement your proposed solution (for example, staff training, supplies, procedures, communications, allies, stakeholders, committees, public health)
        • What is the strategy for change?
        • Identify key stake holders essential to implementing your proposed solution.
        • Does your issue require a change in scope of practice?
        • Does your issue require a workplace policy change?
        • Identify the nurses’ role in the proposed solution
        • Discuss how this policy/solution affect nursing practice and the profession?
  3. Week 6, Project 3: Health Care Issues in Your Community
    1. Identify a current health issue within your local community.
      1. Include the following in Project 3:

        • What is the health issue? (For example, vaping, sports related concussions, seat belts, access to clean water, suicide, under age drinking) Is this issue
        • Is this health considered or related to a healthcare disparity? Why or why not?
        • How is your local community addressing this health issue?
        • What populations in your community are impacted by this issue?
        • Identify state, national or community policy makers/stake holders who are or should be engaged in addressing this issue
        • How can nurses use their expertise in addressing this health issue?
  4. Week 8, Project 4: Nursing Decision Making Based on the Code of Ethics
    1. Based on this semester course content include the following in Project 4:
      • Summarize the health issue presented in Project 3.
      • What strategies for change can be implemented in addressing this health issue?
      • What principles of staffing may be relevant to this health issue? (if any)
      • Explain and identify the Code of Ethics that is guiding your approach to addressing this issue.
    2. Based upon the quality safety problem identified in NUR301, utilize an ethical framework to delineate/summarize the ethical implications for the interprofessional team of addressing/not addressing the issue.

 

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,4

Topics: Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care

  • Readings:
    • Textbook: Policy & Politics in Nursing and Health Care - Unit 1
  • Read assigned material
  • Review Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions

2

2,3,4

Topics: Health Care Delivery Systems and Financing

  • Readings:
    • Textbook: Policy & Politics in Nursing and Health Care - Unit 2
      • Chapters 16-21 and 28-29
  • Read assigned material
  • Review Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit Project 1

3

4,8

Topics: Policy and Politics in the Government

  • Readings:
    • Textbook: Policy & Politics in Nursing and Health Care - Unit 3
      • Chapters 40-50
  • Read assigned material
  • Review Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions

4

1,2,3,4

Topics: Policy and Politics in the Work Place and Workforce

  • Readings:
    • Textbook: Policy & Politics in Nursing and Health Care - Unit 4
  • Read assigned material
  • Review Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit Project 2
  • Submit Practicum Agreement Form

5

1,4,5,7,8

Topics: Policy nd Politics in Association and Interest Groups

  • Readings:
    • Textbook: Policy & Politics in Nursing and Health Care - Unit 5
  • Read assigned material
  • Review Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions

6

1,5,7,8

Topics: Policy and Politics in the Community

  • Readings:
    • Textbook: Policy & Politics in Nursing and Health Care - Unit 6
  • Read assigned material
  • Review Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit Project 3

7

5,6,9,10

Topics: Code of Ethics and Impact on Policy and Practice

  • Readings:
    • Textbook: Policy & Politics in Nursing and Health Care - Unit 1
      • Chapter 15
  • Read assigned material
  • Review Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions

8

5,6,9,10

Topics: Code of Ethics and Practice

  • Readings:
    • Guide to the Code of Ethics for Nurses - Sections 4-9
  • Read assigned material
  • Review Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit Project 4
  • Complete Course Evaluation

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