Policy & Politics in Nursing and Health Care , 7th Edition

By Diana J. Mason, RN, PhD, FAAN, Deborah B Gardner, RN, PhD, FAAN, FNAP , Freida Hopkins Outlaw, PhD, RN, FAAN and Eileen T. O'Grady, PhD, RN, ANP
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Featuring analysis of cutting-edge healthcare issues and first-person stories, Policy & Politics in Nursing and Health Care, 7th Edition is the leader in helping students develop skills in influencing policy in today's changing health care environment. Approximately 150 expert contributors present a wide range of topics in this classic text, providing a more complete background than can be found in any other policy textbook on the market. Discussions include the latest updates on conflict management, health economics, lobbying, the use of media, and working with communities for change. With these insights and strategies, you'll be prepared to play a leadership role in the four spheres in which nurses are politically active: the workplace, government, professional organizations, and the community.

Key Features
  • Comprehensive coverage of healthcare policies and politics provides a broader understanding of nursing leadership and political activism, as well as complex business and financial issues.
  • Taking Action essays include personal accounts of how nurses have participated in politics and what they have accomplished.
  • Expert authors make up a virtual Nursing Who's Who in healthcare policy, sharing information and personal perspectives gained in the crafting of healthcare policy.
  • Winner of several American Journal of Nursing "Book of the Year" awards!

New to this Edition
  • NEW! Nine new chapters ensure you have the most up-to-date information on key topics such as ethical dimensions of policy and politics, patient engagement, public health, women's reproductive health, emergency preparedness, new health insurance exchanges, and much more.
  • NEW! The latest information and perspectives are provided by nursing leaders who influenced health care reform, including the Affordable Care Act.
  • NEW! Emphasis on evidence-based policy throughout the text.
  • NEW! A list of web links is included in most chapters for further study.
ISBN 9780323241441
Table of Content


1. Frameworks for Action in Policy and Politics

2. A Historical Perspective on Policy, Politics and Nursing

3. Advocacy in Nursing and Health Care

4. Learning the Ropes of Policy and Politics

5. TAKING ACTION: How I Learned the Ropes of Policy and Politics

6. A Primer on Political Philosophy

7. The Policy Process

8. Health Policy Brief: Improving Care Transitions

9. Political Analysis And Strategies

10. Communication and Conflict Management in Health Policy

11. Research as a Political and Policy Tool

12. Health Services Research: Translating Research into Policy

13. Using Research to Advance Health and Social Policies for Children

14. Using the Power of the Media to Influence Health Policy 

15. Health Policy, Politics, and Professional Ethics


16. The Changing United States Health Care System

17. A Primer on Health Economics of Nursing and Health Policy

18. Financing Health Care in the United States

19. The Affordable Care Act: Historical Context and an Introduction to the State of Health Care in the United States

20. Health Insurance Exchanges: Expanding Access to Health Care

21. Patient Engagement and Public Policy: Emerging New Paradigms and Roles

22. Overtreatment as a Patient Safety Issue: How Public Policy Can Prevent It

23. Policy Approaches to Address Health Disparities

24. Achieving Mental Health Parity

25. Breaking the Social Security Glass Ceiling: A Proposal to Modernize Women's Benefits

26. The Politics of the Pharmaceutical Industry

27. Women's Reproductive Health Policy

28. Public Health: Promoting the Health of Populations and Communities

29. TAKING ACTION: Blazing a Trail.and the Bumps Along the Way: A Public Health Nurse as a Health Officer

30. The Politics and Policy of Disaster Response and Public Health Emergency Preparedness

31. Chronic Care Policy: Medical Homes and Primary Care

32. Family Caregiving and Social Policy

33. Community Health Centers: Successful Advocacy for Expanding Health Care Access

34. Filling the Gaps: Retail Health Care Clinics and Nurse Managed Health Centers

35. Developing Families

36. Dual Eligibles: Issues and Innovations

37. Home Care and Hospice: Evolving Policy

38. Long Term Services and Supports Policy Issues 

39. The United States Military and Veterans Administration Health Systems: Contemporary Overview and Policy Challenges


40. Contemporary Issues in Government

41. How Government Works: What You Need to Know to Influence the Process

42. Is There a Nurse in the House? The Nurses in the United States Congress

43. An Overview of Legislation and Regulation

44. Lobbying Policymakers: Individual and Collective Strategies

45. TAKING ACTION: An Insider's View of Lobbying

46. The American Voter and Electoral Process

47. Political Activity: Different Rules for Government-Employed Nurses

48. TAKING ACTION: Anatomy of a Political Campaign

49. TAKING ACTION: Truth or Dare: One Nurse's Political Campaign

50. Political Appointments

51. TAKING ACTION: Influencing Policy through an Appointment to the San Francisco Health Commission

52. Taking Action: A Nurse in the Board Room

53. Nursing and the Courts

54. Nursing Licensure and Regulation

55. TAKING ACTION: Nurse, Educator, and Legislator: My Journey to the Delaware Senate


56. Policy and Politics in Health Care Organizations

57. TAKING ACTION: Nurse Leaders in the Board Room

58. Quality and Safety in Healthcare: Policy Issues

59. Politics and Evidence-Based Practice and Policy

60. The Nursing Workforce

61. Rural Healthcare: Workforce Challenges and Opportunities

62. Nurse Staffing Ratios: Policy Options

63. The Contemporary Work Environment of Nursing

64. Collective Strategies for Change in the Workplace

65. TAKING ACTION: Advocating for Nurses Injured in the Workplace

66. The Politics of Advanced Practice Nursing

67. TAKING ACTION: Reimbursement Issues for Nurse Anesthetists: A Continuing Challenge

68. TAKING ACTION: Overcoming Barriers to Full APRN Practice, the Idaho Story

69. TAKING ACTION: A Nurse Practitioner's Advocacy Efforts in Nevada

70. Nursing Education Policy: The Unending Debate Over Entry into Practice and the New Debate over Doctoral Degrees

71. The Intersection of Technology and Health Care: Policy and Practice Implications


72. Interest Groups in Health Care Policy and Politics

73. Current Issues in Nursing Associations

74. Professional Nursing Associations: Operationalizing Nursing Values

75. Coalitions: A Powerful Political Strategy

76. TAKING ACTION: The Nursing Community Builds a Unified Voice

77. TAKING ACTION: The Nursing Kitchen Cabinet: Policy and Politics in Action Case Example

78. TAKING ACTION: Improving LGBTQ Health: Nursing Policy Can Make a Difference

79. TAKING ACTION: Campaign for Action

80. TAKING ACTION: The Nightingales Take on Big Tobacco


81. Where Policy Hits the Pavement: Contemporary Issues In Communities

82. An Introduction to Community Activism

83. TAKING ACTION: The Canary Coalition for Clean Air in North Carolina's Smokey Mountains and Beyond

84. How Community-Based Organizations are Addressing Nursing's Role in Transforming Health Care

85. TAKING ACTION: From Sewage Problems to the Statehouse:  Serving Communities

86. Family and Sexual Violence: Nursing and US Policy

87. Human Trafficking: The Need for Nursing Advocacy

88. TAKING ACTION: A Champion of Change: For Want of a Hug

89. Lactivism: Breastfeeding Advocacy in the United States

90. TAKING ACTION: Reefer Madness: The Clash of Science, Politics, and Medical Marijuana

91. International Health and Nursing Policy and Politics Today: A Snapshot

92. Infectious Disease:  A Global Perspective  

Author Information By Diana J. Mason, RN, PhD, FAAN, Rudin Professor, Co-Director of the Center for Health, Media, and Policy, Hunter College, City University of New York, New York, NY ; Deborah B Gardner, RN, PhD, FAAN, FNAP , Executive Director, Hawaii State Center for Nursing Honolulu, Hawaii ; Freida Hopkins Outlaw, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics Meharry Medical College Director of the Meharry Youth Health and Wellness Center Nashville, Tennessee and Eileen T. O'Grady, PhD, RN, ANP, Certified Nurse Practitioner and Wellness Coach; Founder, The School of Wellness, McLean, Virginia
Trim 235 x 191 (7 1/2 x 9 1/4)
Pages 754
Publication Date 14-05-2015
Stock Status Please allow 3 - 4 weeks for delivery.
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