Nursing And Policy Case Study

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Nursing and Policy

According to Nies & McEwen (2015), the delivery of health care, which includes nursing practice, is influenced by policies instituted by private entities and the government. Understanding the development of health policies and their implementation has an impact on nursing practice and the health of our populations. In this discussion, I will review how a school nurse can become more politically involved in the issue of childhood immunization and examine the current legislation related to childhood immunization. I will discuss if I feel any legislation needs to be changed. I will consider how I would convey to my elected representative
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They are readily respected, trusted, and have access to firsthand knowledge of health care concerns and changes that need to be made. It has been shown historically that nurses make a significant difference in the quality of life of the people that live in the communities they serve (Nies & McEwen, 2015). Health care reform is an ongoing process that requires the assistance of nurses to recognize problems, change policies, and correct inadequacies and inequalities in the system. When it comes to the topic of childhood immunization, if I was a school nurse, I could start to be more politically involved by making sure I am a registered voter, knowing who my state representatives are in Washington, and having an understanding of how legislative decisions are made. I would familiarize myself childhood immunization, who is in charge, who regulates them, and how, and current bills that have been introduced. I would seek out other nurses who have a similar passion so that I could connect with them to share ideas and chat about our common interest and join professional organizations such as National Association of School Nurses and Allied Vaccine Group. I would be active and involved, making sure I have time to attend meetings, and do volunteer activities. I would also try to rally together other nurses that share the same interest in being advocates for childhood immunization because there …show more content…
We can be strong advocates for change, highly influential when it comes to health care policies, and lobby to impact lawmakers to pass effective health legislation. The topic of childhood immunization is just one of the areas we can make a difference.
References:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Vaccines and Immunizations. (2015). State Vaccination Requirements. Retrieved from: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/imz-managers/laws/state-reqs.html
Nies, M. A. & McEwen, M. (2015). Community/Public Health Nursing: Promoting the Health of Populations (6th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Saunders.
Slater, M. R. (2015). Promoting health in early childhood. Future of Children, (25)1, 35-64. Retrieved from:

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