Explanation of how healthcare policy can impact the advanced practice nurse profession  Explanation of why advocacy is considered an essential component of the advance practice nurse’s role Discuss the four pillars of Transformational leadership and the effect it may have on influencing policy change 

Week 7: APNs as Healthcare Policy Leaders (Orig Post due Wednesday, Responses due Sunday)

Purpose 

The purpose of this assignment is to discuss healthcare policy of the APN profession and how Transformational Leadership can help to influence policy changes. This week’s assignment focuses on the APN as a Health Policy Leader, one of the nine NONPF NP competencies.  Students will analyze how health policy may affect NP practice and how Transformational Leadership can help to influence policy changes.  

Activity Learning Outcomes 

Through this discussion, the student will demonstrate the ability to: 

  1. Critically analyze how healthcare systems and APRN practice are organized and influenced by ethical, legal, economic and political factors (CO2) 
  2. Demonstrate professional and personal growth concerning the advocacy role of the advanced practice nursing in fostering policy within diverse healthcare settings (CO3) 
  3. Advocate for institutional, local, national and international policies that fosters person-centered healthcare and nursing practice (CO4) 

Due DateWednesday of week 7 by 11:59PM MST 

Students must post a minimum of two times in each graded discussion. The two posts in each individual discussion must be on separate days. Posting twice on two different days meets the minimum requirement however for full credit, the student must post at least three substantive posts on three different days. The student must provide an initial post to each graded discussion topic posted by the course instructor, by Wednesday11:59 p.m. MT of Week 7. Subsequent posts, including essential responses to peers, must occur no later than the Sunday, 11:59 p.m. MT at the end of Week 7.Students are expected to submit assignments by the time they are due. Threaded discussions are not considered assignments and are not part of the late assignment policy. 

 A 10% late penalty will be imposed for discussions posted after the deadline on Wednesday of week 7, regardless of the number of days late. NOTHING will be accepted after 11:59pm MT on Sunday (i.e. student will receive an automatic 0). 

Total Points Possible100 

Requirements: 

Criteria for Content 

  • Explanation of how healthcare policy can impact the advanced practice nurse profession 
  • Explanation of why advocacy is considered an essential component of the advance practice nurse’s role
  • Discuss the four pillars of Transformational leadership and the effect it may have on influencing policy change 

 

DISCUSSION CONTENT 
Category  Points  %  Description 
Explanation of how healthcare policy can impact the advanced practice nurse profession 

 

25  25%  Research healthcare policy for APNs on a state and national level and the impact on the APN profession 
Explanation of why advocacy is considered an essential component of the advance practice nurse’s role 

 

25  25%  Describe advocacy in healthcare terminology. 

Discuss how advocacy is an essential role of the APN and the impact on patient care. 

 

 

 

Discuss the four pillars of Transformational leadership and the effect it may have on influencing policy change 

 

25  25%  Define Transformational leadership. 

Discuss how Transformational Leadership may have an effect on influencing policy change 

      Total CONTENT Points= 75 pts 
DISCUSSION FORMAT 
Category  Points  %  Description 
Interactive Dialogue  20  20%  4 Required Elements: 

  • Responds a minimum of two other posts to peers and/or faculty in the threaded discussion;
  • Responses to peer/faculty are substantive (adds importance, depth, and meaningfulness to the discussion)
  • Responds to all direct questions from faculty (if no question asked directly, student responded to questions posed to the entire class)
  • Summarizes what was learned from the lesson, readings, and other student posts for the week. The summary could be included in one of the three minimum posts.
Grammar, Syntax, Spelling, & Punctuation  5  5%  Grammar, syntax, spelling, and punctuation are accurate.  

 

      Total FORMAT Points= 25 pts 
      DISCUSSION TOTAL=100 points 
 
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