GCU NUR-514 Topic 4: Nurse Leadership and Health Care Policy and Advocacy

GCU NUR-514 Topic 4: Nurse Leadership and Health Care Policy and Advocacy


  1. Propose strategies to support patient advocacy in health care policy making as an advanced practice nurse.
  2. Analyze the impact health care policy on health care organizations and cost-effective quality care.


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GCU NUR-514 Topic 3: Organizational Change Theories and Strategies

Advanced Practice Nursing: Essential Knowledge for the Profession

Review Chapter 23 in Advanced Practice Nursing: Essential Knowledge for the Profession.

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Leadership in Nursing Practice: Changing the Landscape of Health Care

Read Chapters 11 and 13-15 in Leadership in Nursing Practice: Changing the Landscape of Health Care.

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Preparing Nurses for Leadership in Public Policy

Read “Preparing Nurses for Leadership in Public Policy” (2014), located on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website.


Arizona State Legislature

Explore your state legislature website and access legislation information. The link to the Arizona State Legislature website is provided,

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Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight

Read “Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight,” located on the Programs and Initiatives page of the Centers for Medicare and

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Guide to Healthcare Reimbursement Models

Read “Guide to Healthcare Reimbursement Models,” located on the DECO Recovery Management website (2019).


Understanding the Value-Based Reimbursement Model Landscape

Read “Understanding the Value-Based Reimbursement Model Landscape,” by LaPointe (2020), located on the Revcycle Intelligence webs

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Generational Differences and Professional Memberships

Read “Generational Differences and Professional Memberships,” by Martin and Waxman, from Nurse Leader (2017).


Differences and Importance of IPPS, OPPS, MPFS and DMEPOS

Read “Differences and Importance of IPPS, OPPS, MPFS and DMEPOS,” located on the NursingAnswer.net website.


NUR 514 Topic 4 DQ 1

Aug 25-27, 2022

Explain how health care policy affects health care organizations, patient care, and cost-effective quality care. What measures can the nurse leader take as an advocate for patient care and addressing health care cost?

Daniel Williams

Aug 27, 2022, 4:13 PM


Replies to Rosette Caindoy

Healthcare policy is vital to healthcare organizations since it helps in the planning processes of healthcare organizations. The primary role of healthcare policies is to provide a leadership structure whereby an institution allocates adequate healthcare resources to patients. Healthcare policies also offer an environment whereby an organization ensures clinicians’ continued improvement of medical practices and skills.

Policies usually offer guidelines for healthcare professionals to work effectively, use medical knowledge to solve complex problems, and implement evidence-based practices when caring for patients (Mosadeghrad, 2014). Secondly, healthcare policies affect patient care by ensuring patients receive optimum care. It acts as a manual that dictates clinicians’ behaviors and actions and helps promote patients’ safety and well-being when accessing medical services.

Mosadeghrad (2014) contends that healthcare policies affect cost-effective quality care by championing affordable medical services for patients. Healthcare professionals use healthcare policies to influence changes in healthcare systems by making healthcare resources easily accessible and lowering the medical costs for patients.

Nurse leaders are active in how medical services are disseminated to patients. This is possible by a nurse leader examining some of the weaknesses facing medical centers and understanding some of the problems patients face when accessing medical services. Secondly, nurse leaders can take measures that enhance the safety of patients by reducing medical errors to prevent readmissions of patients and that patients do not use many resources when getting quality healthcare services (Androus, 2021). Androus (2016) further elicits that when addressing healthcare costs, a nurse leader looks at strategies to help hospitals offer quality medical services at low prices. Therefore, acting as strong pillars in advocating quality care of patients.


Androus, A. B. (2021, December 26). What Are Some Ways Nurses Can Influence Healthcare Organization Costs? https://www.registerednursing.org/articles/what-nurses-can-influence-healthcare-organization-costs/

Mosadeghrad, A. M. (2014). Factors influencing healthcare service quality. International journal of health policy and management, 3(2), 77.

Hello William,

Your post summarizes that healthcare policy is crucial to healthcare structures and how nurse leaders can take measures that enhance patient safety. Healthcare policies support coordination of care and improve health outcomes. The policies support healthcare planned within coordinated and value-based care models. Healthcare policies are procedures and rules, prompting considerable measures and ethics in healthcare facilities. For example, some policies safeguard patients’ sensitive and personal facts from disclosure against their will or without consent. Healthcare policies also impact the approach to healthcare matters and the allocation of resources. Policies alter health at the community and individual levels and facilitate healthy behaviors. Healthcare policies modify health risk distribution by tackling the fundamental economic, social, and environmental factors, functioning at secondary and prevention levels (Thomson et al., 2018). Healthcare policies support safe and skilled practice.

Nurse leaders and nurses are authorized to practice with regard and thought for the patient. Furthermore, nurses must prioritize clients and support their well-being, safety, and rights. Nurse leaders and APRNs must uphold and progress the work setting’s ethical atmosphere, impacting patient care and satisfaction. Health policies positively influence health care provision, boosting quality care (Thomson et al., 2018). Nurse leaders can endorse modification in healthcare policy by contributing at the state and community levels. Nurses should regard health policies as something they can impact as a team. Nurses and other healthcare experts can impact healthcare policy by working together and joining their voices. Nursing mandates following healthcare policies to sustain professional standards in medical practice, improving patients’ health.


Thomson, K., Hillier-Brown, F., Todd, A., McNamara, C., Huijts, T., & Bambra, C. (2018). The effects of public health policies on health inequalities in high-income countries: an umbrella review. BMC Public Health, 18(1), 1-21. https://doi.org/10.1186%2Fs12889-018-5677-1

NUR 514 Topic 4 DQ 2

Aug 25-29, 2022

As an advanced practice nurse, propose strategies you can implement to increase your participation in the health care policymaking in order to support patient advocacy.