Health Policy and Ethics – NURS 501

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course examines policy decisions and related issues that shape the organization, financing, and implementation of health care services and delivery systems. Ethical, social, and political issues that affect the provision of health care, nursing services, communities, and society are critically analyzed. Dynamics related to the roles and influences of health care providers and consumers, government, and law are discussed. Advanced nursing practice and its impact on policy decision making and health care is emphasized.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

This course prepares the student for leadership roles and active involvement in the political process relevant to the development, implementation, and evaluation of health policies that are economically and ethically sound and designed to promote health and access to health care for individuals, families, communities, and society.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify major influences that have an effect on health care policy and the health care system in the United States.
  2. Compare legislative and regulatory processes involved in the development and implementation of health policy.
  3. Discuss economic implications of health planning, organization of personnel and resources, payment methods, and cost-effectiveness of various health care delivery systems.
  4. Critique socioeconomic, legal, ethical, and political issues relevant to policymaking and provision of equitable, safe, and quality health care at the local, state, and national levels.
  5. Analyze common ethical dilemmas and their impact on patient care and population health outcomes.
  6. Evaluate ethical decision-making from personal and organizational perspectives, while discussing potential for conflicts of interest that may arise and proposing actions to resolve conflicts.
  7. Interpret the value and importance of the advanced practice nursing role(s) to policy makers, health care professionals, and consumers.
  8. Analyze issues relevant to health policy from a Christian worldview and biblical perspective.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student
will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to submit a thread in response to the provided prompt. The thread must be at least 500 words and be supported by 2 peer-reviewed journal articles in addition to the course textbook and the Bible. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 250 words. The student must support each thread and reply with at least 1 citation in current APA format.

Reflection Assignment

The student will write about an event that has occurred in his/her professional practice in which an error was made, an ethical dilemma arose, or a breakdown in team work, collaboration, and communication among the healthcare team negatively impacted a patient’s care or health outcome. The assignment must be 2–4 pages (not including the title and reference pages), include 2–3 peer reviewed journal articles published within the last 5 years, and be in current APA format.

Case Studies Discussions (2)

The student will review legal case briefs and submit a thread in response to the provided prompt. Each thread must be at least 500 words and be supported by 2 peer-reviewed journal articles in addition to the course textbook and the Bible. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 250 words and be supported by at least 1 scholarly source.

Health Policy Issue

Position Paper

The student will submit a 12–15-page paper in current APA format addressing a state or federal health bill/policy that has been introduced but not passed, already exists, or is in need of revision or elimination. The student must support his or her paper with 10–15 citations. The paper must include a title page, an abstract, and a reference page. The page count does not include the title page, abstract, or reference page.

Position Presentation

The student will prepare a presentation as if briefing policy decision makers about a relevant state or federal bill/policy, or local ordinance, that has been introduced but not yet passed, or one that exists and is in need of revision OR elimination. The student’s position must be delivered via a method that incorporates both audio and visual components. Examples include (but are not limited to) PowerPoint with voiceover, use of a screen casting application or a YouTube Video. The presentation must be 10 slides (not including the title slide and references slide), and must not exceed 15 minutes. A minimum of 5 scholarly citations published within the last 5 years in current APA format are required. The Presentation should be submitted to the Grade Book as well as assigned Group.

Position Presentation Feedback

The student will post their position presentation within a Group Discussion Board Forum and will be required to review the work of
his/her peers and give substantive feedback.

Legislative Position Letter

The student will write a 1–2-page formal, business-style letter expressing his or her views on the issue studied in previous weeks. Students should take into consideration feedback received from faculty and classmates. In addition, the student must include a title page and a reference page in current APA format. The student must support his or her letter with at least 1 citation in current APA format.