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NRP508 Health Policy And Role Of The Advanced Practice Nurse

Week 1 Discussion

Nurse Practitioner Timeline

Read the Historical Timeline located on the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) website to develop a better understanding on the history of the nurse practitioner (NP) profession.

Analyze historical factors contributing to the development of advanced practice nursing roles.

Respond to the following in a minimum of 175 words:

What has happened over time that has made NPs what they are today?

 

NRP508 Health Policy And Role Of The Advanced Practice Nurse

Week 2 Discussion

Regulated Scope of Practice

Review the State Practice Environment regulatory map on the AANP website to learn details about how state laws and regulations impact a Nurse Practitioner’s (NP) practice environment.

Select 2 states (one being the state in which you will practice) with different scopes of practice regulations for an NP.

Respond to the following in a minimum of 175 words:

Describe the practice in the state according to their model, whether it be full, reduced, or restricted, and discuss the following:

Licensure and certification

Educational requirements

Prescribing privileges

 

NRP508 Health Policy And Role Of The Advanced Practice Nurse

Week 3 Discussion

Incorporating Strategies into Practice

Watch the Dr. Jean Watson – Caring Science, Mindful Practice webinar.

Respond to the following in a minimum of 175 words:

Address something interesting you learned from the video that you can incorporate into your practice as a Nurse Practitioner to ensure quality of care.

 

NRP508 Health Policy And Role Of The Advanced Practice Nurse

Week 4 Discussion

NP Professional Challenges

Respond to the following in a minimum of 175 words:

Describe the challenges faced by Nurse Practitioners (NP) regarding professional relationships.

What types of professional relationship challenges do you anticipate having as an NP?

How will you deal with these challenges?

 

NRP508 Health Policy And Role Of The Advanced Practice Nurse

Week 5 Discussion

Media’s Effect on Health Care

Respond to the following in a minimum of 175 words:

How does the media influence patients’ requests for medications, testing, and treatments?

What implications does this have on how a Nurse Practitioner (NP) provides care?

As an NP, how could you utilize the media’s influence to improve how you provide care?

 

NRP508 Health Policy And Role Of The Advanced Practice Nurse

Week 6 Discussion

Practicing in a Pandemic

Read Using Telehealth to Expand Access to Essential Health Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

It’s essential to understand the changes happening across the landscape of telehealth services due to recent policy changes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s article listed above, telehealth has been a vital approach to delivering “acute, chronic, primary and specialty care” during this unpresented crisis (para. 2).

As telehealth is needed to provide virtual care during the pandemic and beyond, consider the following and respond in a minimum of 175 words:

How can telehealth help provide quality care to patients?

Which strategy do you believe is most crucial to increase the telehealth uptake? Why?

 

NRP508 Health Policy And Role Of The Advanced Practice Nurse

Week 7 Discussion

Financing Health Care

Respond to the following in a minimum of 175 words:

Discuss 3 advantages and disadvantages of single-payer medicine.

What barriers exist to having universal health care in the United States?

How might these barriers be overcome?

 

NRP508 Health Policy And Role Of The Advanced Practice Nurse

Week 8 Discussion

How to Measure Quality

Respond to the following in a minimum of 175 words:

How will you measure quality in your Nurse Practitioner (NP) practice?

Who do you expect to review your practice for quality?

Who sets standards for quality in NP practice?

 

NRP508 Health Policy And Role Of The Advanced Practice Nurse

Week 1 Assignment

Exploration of APRN Roles

Assignment Content

This week you gained insight about the history and development of Advanced Practice tered Nurse (APRN) roles, and now it’s time to apply what you’ve learned. It is imperative to understand the essential roles associated with the APRN scope of practice, including typical challenges and strategies to help navigate professional relationships.

Write a 700-word paper in which you complete the following: 

Describe the 4 types of APRNs. 

Explain the role each plays within nursing.

Differentiate educational requirements for each type of APRN.

Describe reimbursement for each type of APRN.

Describe the relationship challenges faced by APRNs in the workplace.

Cite references to support your assignment.

 

NRP508 Health Policy And Role Of The Advanced Practice Nurse

Week 2 Assignment

Signature Assignment: Current Issues for Advanced Practice tered Nurses

Assignment Content

Imagine that you are explaining Nurse Practitioner (NP) levels of practice to your family or close friends to share how this affects your scope of work depending on the state you choose to live in.

Prepare a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper in which you discuss the following issues facing the Advanced Practice tered Nurse (APRN):

Explain the key regulatory and credentialing issues facing APRNs.

Describe how state-specific regulations impact APRNs?

Explain regulatory barriers that continue to exist for APRNs.

Describe concepts of profession and professionalism as they pertain to the APRN.

Compare professionalism in the APRN role to professionalism in your current tered Nurse (RN) role.

Cite references to support your assignment.

 

NRP508 Health Policy And Role Of The Advanced Practice Nurse

Week 3 Assignment

Signature Assignment: Ethical Decision-Making

Assignment Content

Use the following Ethics Inventory to evaluate your approach to ethical issues as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) (from p. 118 of the Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care text):

Do we maximize good and reduce harm for our patients?

Do we act with virtue in difficult situations by speaking up when it may not be popular to do so?

Do we act justly and advocate for justice in our work environments?

Are we responsive to the vulnerabilities of others?

Identify an ethical dilemma you would face as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) (refer to p. 314 in your text, Advanced Practice Nursing: An Integrative Approach, for examples).

Write a 900- to 1,050-word paper addressing the following:

Identify which provision of the nursing code of ethics would be violated based on the ethical dilemma you selected.

How can you use the code of ethics to address the issue?

Explain how you would raise awareness to other nurses in your workplace about the ethical dilemma selected.

Explain how you can use Watson’s theory of human caring as a guide when encountering ethical decisions.

Cite references to support your assignment.

 

NRP508 Health Policy And Role Of The Advanced Practice Nurse

Week 4 Assignment

Professional Organizational Evaluation Report

Identify a professional organization specific to the role of the Advanced Practice tered Nurse (APRN) for the Professional Organization Evaluation Report.

Create an 8- to 10-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation, with speaker’s notes, describing the organization selected.

Address the following in your presentation:

What is the name and purpose of the organization?

What are the membership requirements, (i.e. student membership, dues, benefits, etc.)?

How does the organization relate to advanced practice nursing?

What policy issues is the organization following?

What effect, if any, will joining this organization have on your practice?

 

NRP508 Health Policy And Role Of The Advanced Practice Nurse

Week 5 Assignment

Signature Assignment: Full Practice Autonomy

Assignment Content

This week you learned about the importance of strategically advancing evidence-based policy. In this assignment, you will advocate for “National Full-Autonomy Scope of Practice,” focusing on changing health policy and recognizing your role in advocating for “full practice” autonomy and why it is necessary.

Research using the AANP site to help you develop your case.

Create an 8- to 10-slide Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, with speaker’s notes, to make your case for full practice autonomy. Complete the following in your presentation:

Describe what full practice autonomy means.

Explain the importance of this issue and why it matters.

Summarize supporting and opposing viewpoints.

Describe how you would represent your case in the media and how you would expect it to influence change.

Explain who the first set of stakeholders is that you would want to appeal to. Why?

Provide references for all sources cited on a separate slide.

 

NRP508 Health Policy And Role Of The Advanced Practice Nurse

Week 6 Assignment

Letter to an Elected Official

Assignment Content

Refer to the Template Letter to a Legislator as a guide.

This week you’ve gained insight about the importance of policy and how it affects health care. For this assignment, select a health policy issue you believe warrants change and write a letter to a representative in your state requesting aid in addressing the concerns presented.

Search and select a health policy issue you believe requires change to positively impact clinical practice.

Identify your state senators and representative for the district you live in using Congress.gov and choose who you will address in your letter.

Write a 350-word letter to your senator or congressional representative to address your proposed changes for the health policy issue you selected. You may consider a bill that is currently in front of your state or national legislative bodies.

Include the following in your letter:

Identify who you are (your first and last name) and who you represent (i.e. community member, service provider, advocate).

Clearly define the issue that needs to be addressed, providing evidence that establishes the sense of urgency to take action.

Explain your proposed changes for legislation that will address the issue.

Provide at least 1 strong argument that could persuade your senator or representative to support and hopefully introduce your proposal as a bill into the legislative process.

Research at least 1 opposing argument by locating academic articles using the University Library and provide a detailed response to your opposition’s argument.

Close out your letter by addressing how your proposed legislation may influence outcomes.

Cite references to support your assignment.

 

NRP508 Health Policy And Role Of The Advanced Practice Nurse

Week 7 Assignment

Signature Assignment: Financing Health Care

Assignment Content

Select 1 of the following health care payer systems:

Medicare for all

Medicare

Medicaid

Affordable Care Act (ACA)

SSI-disability

Private insurance

Create an 8- to 10-slide Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, with speaker’s notes, communicating how health care is financed based on the health care payer system you selected.

Include the following in your presentation:

Describe your selected health care payer system.

Explain how this system is regulated.

Explain the advantages and disadvantages associated with how this health care payer system finances health care in the United States.

Describe the different ways the U.S. government reimburses and finances the delivery of health care, such as tax revenue, compulsory national insurance, and the private-public balance relevant to your selected method of health care financing.

Cite at least 3 peer-reviewed, scholarly, or similar academic references to support your presentation.

 

NRP508 Health Policy And Role Of The Advanced Practice Nurse

Week 8 Assignment

Outcome Evaluation Proposal

Assignment Content

This week you focused on quality clinical care and how to evaluate outcomes by exploring current processes and outcome methodologies. Now it’s time to apply your knowledge by creating an outcome evaluation proposal for the policy you selected for your Wk 6 assignment.

Develop a 1,050-word proposal and address the following:

Describe what evidence there is to support the need to address the policy. Does the evidence indicate a sense of urgency regarding the issue?

Explain the desired impact of your policy change in your practice in supporting or improving care.

Describe stakeholders that will assist you in implementing and evaluating the change, including opportunities for interprofessional relationships.

Describe the measures that could be used to evaluate outcomes.

Cite any references to support your assignment.

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