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CNUR 345: Health Care Policy and Nursing

This guide supports the CNUR 345 course at PennWest University.


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CNUR 345: Health Care Policy and Nursing

In this course, the student will explore the concepts of basic health policy, agenda setting, design, implementation, and evaluation. The effect of statutes, rules, and regulations on both the community and professional nursing practice is discussed. Health care organization and financing with an emphasis on vulnerable and diverse populations are explored. Students will integrate scholarly inquiry, research, and theory in addressing health care concerns for individuals, families, and communities from a multi-cultural and interdisciplinary perspective. A pervasive theme throughout the course is the goal of the role of nurses in health promotion of all persons, by encouraging positive health policy change. (Open to licensed RN and others with the permission of the instructor.)


Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Describe statutes, rules, and regulations that authorize and define professional nursing practice at both state and national levels. (Professionalism)
2. Identify the role of the nurse in agenda setting, governmental legislation, regulation, and public policy design to improve health. (Health Promotion)
3. Describe how health care is organized and financed including the implications for individuals, families, and communities including vulnerable and diverse populations. (Leadership)
4. Integrate scholarly inquiry, research, and evidence-informed nursing practice in understanding local, state, national, and global healthcare trends. (Evidence-based practice)
5. Communicate a health policy issue or concern while using a nursing and inter-professional perspective and integrating leadership skills. (Communication)