Contemporary Issues And Health Policy –


(3 credits)

This course examines the interrelationships of legal decisions, health policy development, legislation, and regulation in the context of contemporary issues. Activities explore the impact of health policy changes on the individual nursing practice and the delivery of health care to consumers. Nursing ethics are explored in relation to health policy and decision making.
This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Impact of Law on Professional Nursing Practice

  • Discuss issues and trends affecting current nursing practice.
  • Discuss the role of the nurse in protecting patient safety.
  • Discuss the impact of the nursing shortage on professional nursing practice.

Access to Care & Informed Consent

  • Compare and contrast the impact of Medicare and Medicaid on patient's access to care.
  • Discuss the nurse's role in obtaining informed consent.

Legal Standards & Nursing Liability

  • Compare and contrast negligence and malpractice.
  • Discuss potential nursing liability issues in a variety of healthcare settings.

Nursing Licensure & Standards of Practice

  • Describe scope of practice in a variety of healthcare settings.
  • Describe state Nurse Practice Acts and their impact on professional nursing practice.
  • Describe licensure requirements for registered nurses.

Professional Ethics

  • Compare and contrast personal values and professional ethics.
  • Define professional ethics.

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