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Week 8: Discussion Question – Advancing the Cause

While taking this course from week 1 to week 7, I learned so many ideas that I feel like I’ve grown up from a nurse without a voice to an empowered nurse that can make an impact to the healthcare field. In week 1, we learned about political competence which is, according to Bachrach, S. (2005), “the ability to understand what you can and cannot control, when to take action, who is going to resist your agenda, and whom you need on your side. It’s about knowing how to map the political terrain and get others on your side, as well as lead coalitions”.  This course also taught me that any policy developed to support the healthcare program also needs to ensure that NPs, RN leaders and RNs are included in the development, implementation, and all discussions that can help to enhance the proposed model of healthcare. Nurses now serve as health coaches and are now credited for managing caseloads and coordinating healthcare from various settings to reach out to more patients (Graves et al., 2016).

Nurse’s participation and their roles in formulation of policy are primordial. According to Burke, S. A. (2016) “The Institute of Medicine’s 2010 report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, recognized the importance of this role and called for nurses to take leadership in improving the quality of healthcare”. The nursing sector has the mandate to evaluate the outcome of nursing practices on patients in the provision of health services such as prevention and treatment to improve the quality of life. The evaluation of the impact of healthcare professionals such as nurse leaders, nurses, advanced nurse practitioners (ANPs) is vital in demonstrating the outcomes. I also understand that any healthcare related policy changes which are still on-going; we can continue to be an influence on policy change though obtaining knowledge and skills by participating in activities through advocacy, policy, philanthropy and lifelong learning. 

Bachrach, Samuel. (2005). Get them on your side: Win support, convert skeptics, get results. Platinum press.
Burke, S. A. (2016). Influence through policy: nurses have a unique role. Reflections on nursing leadership (RNL). Retrieved from
Graves, J. A.,Mishra, P., Dittus, R. S., Parikh, R., Perloff, J., & Buerhaus, P. I. (2016).Role of geography and nurse practitioner scope-of-practice in efforts to expand primary care system capacity. Medical Care, 54(1), 81-89. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000454.


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