In the Module 4 Discussion, you considered how professional nurses can become involved in policy-making. A critical component of any policy design is evaluation of the results. How comfortable are you with the thought of becoming involved with such matters?
Some nurses may be hesitant to get involved with policy evaluation. The preference may be to focus on the care and well-being of their patients; some nurses may feel ill-equipped to enter the realm of policy and political activities. However, as you have examined previously, who better to advocate for patients and effective programs and polices than nurses? Already patient advocates in interactions with doctors and leadership, why not with government and regulatory agencies?
In this Discussion, you will reflect on the role of professional nurses in policy evaluation.
Post an explanation of at least two opportunities that currently exist for RNs and APRNs to actively participate in policy review. Explain some of the challenges that these opportunities may present and describe how you might overcome these challenges. Finally, recommend two strategies you might make to better advocate for or communicate the existence of these opportunities. Be specific and provide examples.
Healthcare Program/Policy Evaluation Analysis Template
Use this document to complete the Module 5 Assessment Assessing a Healthcare Program/Policy Evaluation
|Healthcare Program/Policy Evaluation|| |
|How was the success of the program or policy measured?|
|How many people were reached by the program or policy selected? How much of an impact was realized with the program or policy selected?|
|What data was used to conduct the program or policy evaluation?|
|What specific information on unintended consequences were identified?|
|What stakeholders were identified in the evaluation of the program or policy? Who would benefit most from the results and reporting of the program or policy evaluation? Be specific and provide examples.|
|Did the program or policy meet the original intent and objectives? Why or why not?|
|Would you recommend implementing this program or policy in your place of work? Why or why not?|
|Identify at least two ways that you, as a nurse advocate, could become involved in evaluating a program or policy after one year of implementation.|
|General Notes/Comments|| |