NURS 7322 Healthcare Policy Analysis and Advocacy Assignments

NURS 7322 Healthcare Policy Analysis and Advocacy Assignments

NURS 7322 Healthcare Policy Analysis and Advocacy Assignments


This course prepares the nurse leader to advance the agenda of the rapidly changing care environment by examination of health policy research and analysis. Students will focus on policy process and develop and implement policy agendas. They will participate in collective decision-making, identifying roles and key stakeholders. The course will address how to identify gaps in policy knowledge and provide opportunity for nurse leaders to engage in processes that influence policy decisions at the institutional, local, state, regional, national and/ or international levels. The course will prepare the nurse leader to analyze the policy process and engage in politically competent care.


Credit Hour Allocation: 3 Semester Credit Hours
Clock Hour Allocation: 3 Clock Hours Class (45 hours class)


NURS 5339 Leadership for Quality, Safety, and Health Policy or equivalent



Upon completion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program students will:

  1. Integrate nursing science, ethics, biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sources to provide the highest level of specialty nursing practices.
  2. Develop, implement, and evaluate healthcare practices in healthcare systems that ensure quality improvement and patient safety.
  3. Use analytic methods and evidence based practices to improve practice outcomes and the practice environment.
  4. Implement and evaluate ethical healthcare information systems and patient care technology to improve the quality of patient health outcomes and care systems.
  5. Advocate for healthcare practices that advance social justice, equity, and ethical policies within all healthcare arenas.
  6. Employ interprofessional collaborative teams to improve patient and population health outcomes and healthcare delivery systems.
  7. Lead the integration and institutionalization of (evidence based) clinical prevention and population based health guidelines.
  8. Use clinical judgment, systems thinking, accountability, and specialized knowledge to design, deliver, and evaluate evidence based, culturally proficient care to improve patient, population, and health systems outcomes.


  1. Analyze the history, structure, and process of health policy in the United States.
  2. Critically analyze health policy proposals, health policies, and related issues from the perspective of consumers, nursing, and other stakeholders in policy and public forums.
  3. Demonstrate leadership in the development and implementation of institutional, local, state, federal, and/or international policy.
  4. Influence policy makers through active participation on committees, boards, and task forces at institutional, local, state, regional, national and/or international levels to improve health care delivery and outcomes.
  5. Educate others, including policy makers at all levels, regarding nursing, health policy and patient care outcomes.
  6. Participate in health services research and policy and economic analyses.
  7. Advocate for social justice, equity, and ethical policies within all healthcare arenas.




A = 4 points (90-100)
B = 3 points (80-89)
C = 2 points (75-79)
D = 1 point (66-74)
F = 0 points (65 or below)


Assignment 1 – Weekly required activity/class participation – 20% of grade
Each week read and complete required learning activities per rubric

Assignment 2 – Stakeholder Analysis for Selected Health Policy Topic – 20% of grade

Stakeholder Analysis [900 – 1000 words, exclusive of title page and references, double-spaced] will be graded on the following criteria:

  •   Diversity of stakeholders selected [4 total: 2 proponents and 2  opponents]
  •   Level of analysis
  •   Organization and conciseness of writing


Assignment 3 –Legislative Interview Reaction Paper – 20% of grade

Student is required to complete the following steps:

1.  Arrange to meet with a Federal, State, or Community legislator/city council member whose scope of authority includes the health policy topic you selected.   Conduct an interview of the person seeking his or her opinion on the health policy topic.  You will need to familiarize yourself with a specific current issue that you would like to seek the legislator’s opinions or view. Hint: the newspaper, television, blogs, professional organization websites frequently talks about some health related issues [be mindful of how stakeholders’ perceptions may differ regarding the same set of facts]

2. Write a reaction paper related to the interview, inclusive of a description of the health issue and how the doctorally-prepared nurse could inform/shape health policy related to that issue.   Include your observations and reaction to the experience.
3.  The paper (1000 – 1500) words, exclusive of references, double-spaced) will be graded on the following criteria:
  •      Describe the health issues and the person or persons selected to    interview stating why selected.
  •      Include your reaction to the meeting and exchange with the policy person
  •      Include your and the person(s) interacted with responses and interpretations related to the health policy that was discussed
  •      Describe the doctorally-prepared nurse’s role and potential actions related to this health policy issue and why it is important
  •      What did you learn through this experience and how will it be used in the future?
  • What has been the most informative aspects of becoming involved in this process?
  • What worked and what did not work?
  • What concession or what negotiation or compromised occurred or was observed to the policy moving forward?
  • Did this strengthen or weaken the proposed outcome and why?
  • How will you use this in the future?

Assignment 4: Development of Advocacy Strategy for Selected Health Issue, Inclusive of Politically-Related Economic Concerns – 20% of grade.

Strategy will be graded on the following criteria [Advocacy Imperatives will be divided into four (4) power points including notes]
  •     Application of Shilton Model of Advocacy (2010)[will review in class]
  •     Scope and depth of research supporting imperative 1
  •     Clarity of relevance, inclusive of economic analysis supporting    imperative 2
  •     Clarity and cohesiveness of imperative 3
  •     Scope and creativity of imperatives 4 and 5
  •     Organization and conciseness of writing

Assignment 5 –Presentation of Advocacy Strategy for Selected Health Issue, Inclusive of Politically-Related Economic Concerns– 20% of grade

Strategy will be graded on the following criteria [(2) 15 minute power point presentations]:
  •    Cohesiveness of strategy
  •    Effective use of graphics
  •    Style of presentation

Weighting of assignments:
Assignment 1 – 20% of grade
Assignment 2 – 20% of grade
Assignment 3 – 20% of grade
Assignment 4 – 20% of grade
Assignment 5 – 20% of grade



  1. If written assignments are made in a course they are required.
  2. Students are expected to submit written work on the scheduled date and time.
  3. The student must notify the course coordinator prior to the scheduled due date and time if they are unable to submit the written work as scheduled. Failure to make this notification in advance will result in a “zero” for that written work.
  4. If the excuse is accepted as reasonable and necessary, arrangements will be made for an alternative due date and time.
  5. Each student is responsible for making sure that he or she has completed the written work prior to submission.
  6. Late work will be accepted with consequences as outlined per course syllabi. NURS 7322 Healthcare Policy Analysis and Advocacy Assignments


The APA Publication Manual 6th edition is required for use in all nursing school programs.



Aisle C Productions & Our Times Project (2012). Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare (documentary). [110 minutes]. [Rent online ($3.99) from student’s vendor of choice. Please note, vendor rental cost may vary;  may also be purchased]

Dunn, W.N. (2018). Public policy analysis. An integrated approach (6th Ed).  London: Routledge.  Print ISBN: 9781138743847, 1138743844 or eText ISBN 9781351721684, 1351721682  [rent or buy from student’s vendor of choice]


  1. Health Policy and Advocacy
    a.  Introduction to Health Policy (setting the stage)
    b.  Health Policy Advocacy and the doctorally-prepared nurse
    c.  Ethical and global health policy issues
    2.  Methodology of Policy Analysis (focus on selected health policy topic)
    a.  The Process of Policy Analysis
    b.  Policy Analysis in the Policy-Making Process
    c.  Structuring Policy Problems
    d.  Prescribing Preferred Policies
    e.  Evaluating Policy Performance
    f.   Developing Policy Arguments
    g.  Communicating Policy Analysis
    3.  Developing an Effective Health Policy Advocacy Strategy
    a.  Using an Advocacy Model to Guide Strategy
    b.  Professional Leadership and Political Competency/Advocacy