Exploration of the Impact Undergraduate Health Policy Education Had on Nurses' Political Astuteness and Involvement

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/621669
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Full-text
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Text-based Document
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Presentation
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Research Approach:
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Title:
Exploration of the Impact Undergraduate Health Policy Education Had on Nurses' Political Astuteness and Involvement
Other Titles:
Professional Nursing Initiatives
Author(s):
Amann, Carol Ann
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Eta Xi
Author Details:
Carol Ann Amann, PhD, RN-BC, CDP, FNGNA, Professional Experience: Since 2005, I have completed original research on nursing and health policy involvement. I have presented before state, national, and international audiences. Currently, I teach health policy to undergraduate and doctoral students. In additon to authoring book chapters for gerontology and leadership, I have reviewed textbooks related to health policy and political involvement. Currently I am involved in several professional nursing organizations related to legislation and health policy. Author Summary: Dr. Amann is a primary educator for both graduate and undergraduate nursing health policy courses. Throughout her career, she remains involved in health policy. Carol serves as the legislation chair for the Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders, Political Action Committee member for the American Organization of Nurse Executives, and has served on the Pennsylvania Congressional Health Care Committee. Carol has written numerous political position statements and provided testimony on local, state and national levels.
Abstract:

A common barrier to political or health policy involvement is related to the lack knowledge and preparation of nurses to become involved in health policy and politics. Political competence and mentoring is considered a necessary component of nursing education if nurses are expected to be active within the political arena (Ferguson & Drenkard, 2003). To effectively promote health policy, professional nurses need introductory knowledge of the political environment. When offered in undergraduate nursing programs, the education is constrained in scope and practice to a small number of baccalaureate nursing students during their formal education. Practicing nurses who desire to further their knowledge and expertise through mentoring programs in health policy are hampered by insufficient numbers of nursing professionals and mentors within this specialty (Spenceley, Reutter, & Allen, 2006).

Current research has been limited to non existent on this subject matter. To further explore these findings a phenomenological research study was completed to determine the impact an undergraduate baccalaureate level nursing course in health policy and political involvement had on registered nurses political astuteness and involvement. The study was conducted using a purposive sample of registered nurses who were prior nursing students enrolled in a health policy course. Of the 24 students enrolled, 21 students participated in the research. An open-ended question format using nine semi- structured questions was formulated to guide the interview session for the purpose of this research. Five overarching themes emerged: (1) Education as a Foundation to Political Advocacy, (2) Health Policy Involvement, (3) Characteristics of a Politically Involved Nurse, (4) Perceived Barriers to Political Involvement, and (5) Academia Leading the Way. Results indicated that health policy education was a valued component of the registered nurses undergraduate education. Participants utilized their health policy/political foundation to pursue health policy roles within their health care organizations and on a local, state or federal level to positively impact health policy. Obstacles to health policy/political involvement were identified as organizational barriers, fear of retribution, shortage of mentors, and lack of time were the primary deterrents to nurses involvement in health policy/political activity.

Keywords:
academic preparation; health policy involvement; political astuteness
Repository Posting Date:
6-Jul-2017
Date of Publication:
6-Jul-2017
Other Identifiers:
INRC17Q02
Conference Date:
2017
Conference Name:
28th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Location:
Dublin, Ireland
Description:
Event Theme: Influencing Global Health Through the Advancement of Nursing Scholarship

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dc.titleExploration of the Impact Undergraduate Health Policy Education Had on Nurses' Political Astuteness and Involvementen_US
dc.title.alternativeProfessional Nursing Initiativesen
dc.contributor.authorAmann, Carol Annen
dc.contributor.departmentEta Xien
dc.author.detailsCarol Ann Amann, PhD, RN-BC, CDP, FNGNA, Professional Experience: Since 2005, I have completed original research on nursing and health policy involvement. I have presented before state, national, and international audiences. Currently, I teach health policy to undergraduate and doctoral students. In additon to authoring book chapters for gerontology and leadership, I have reviewed textbooks related to health policy and political involvement. Currently I am involved in several professional nursing organizations related to legislation and health policy. Author Summary: Dr. Amann is a primary educator for both graduate and undergraduate nursing health policy courses. Throughout her career, she remains involved in health policy. Carol serves as the legislation chair for the Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders, Political Action Committee member for the American Organization of Nurse Executives, and has served on the Pennsylvania Congressional Health Care Committee. Carol has written numerous political position statements and provided testimony on local, state and national levels.en
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dc.description.abstract<p><span>A common barrier to political or health policy involvement is related to the lack knowledge and preparation of nurses to become involved in health policy and politics. Political competence and mentoring is considered a necessary component of nursing education if nurses are expected to be active within the political arena (Ferguson & Drenkard, 2003). To effectively promote health policy, professional nurses need introductory knowledge of the political environment. When offered in undergraduate nursing programs, the education is constrained in scope and practice to a small number of baccalaureate nursing students during their formal education. Practicing nurses who desire to further their knowledge and expertise through mentoring programs in health policy are hampered by insufficient numbers of nursing professionals and mentors within this specialty (Spenceley, Reutter, & Allen, 2006).</span></p> <p>Current research has been limited to non existent on this subject matter. To further explore these findings a phenomenological research study was completed to determine the impact an undergraduate baccalaureate level nursing course in health policy and political involvement had on registered nurses political astuteness and involvement. The study was conducted using a purposive sample of registered nurses who were prior nursing students enrolled in a health policy course. Of the 24 students enrolled, 21 students participated in the research. An open-ended question format using nine semi- structured questions was formulated to guide the interview session for the purpose of this research. Five overarching themes emerged: (1) Education as a Foundation to Political Advocacy, (2) Health Policy Involvement, (3) Characteristics of a Politically Involved Nurse, (4) Perceived Barriers to Political Involvement, and (5) Academia Leading the Way. Results indicated that health policy education was a valued component of the registered nurses undergraduate education. Participants utilized their health policy/political foundation to pursue health policy roles within their health care organizations and on a local, state or federal level to positively impact health policy. Obstacles to health policy/political involvement were identified as organizational barriers, fear of retribution, shortage of mentors, and lack of time were the primary deterrents to nurses involvement in health policy/political activity.</p>en
dc.subjectacademic preparationen
dc.subjecthealth policy involvementen
dc.subjectpolitical astutenessen
dc.date.available2017-07-06T13:16:23Z-
dc.date.issued2017-07-06-
dc.date.accessioned2017-07-06T13:16:23Z-
dc.conference.date2017en
dc.conference.name28th International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau Internationalen
dc.conference.locationDublin, Irelanden
dc.descriptionEvent Theme: Influencing Global Health Through the Advancement of Nursing Scholarshipen
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