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Nurses Making Policy, Second Edition

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Nurses Making Policy, Second Edition

SKU# 9780826142221

From Bedside to Boardroom


  • Rebecca Patton DNP, RN, CNOR, FAAN
  • Margarete Zalon PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN
  • Ruth Ludwick PhD, RN-BC, APRN-CNS, FAAN
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Praise for the First Edition:

“There is a plethora of policy books on the market, but none illustrate the steps in the policy process better than this one. The high caliber editors and contributors, all of whom have been involved in policy work, bring years of experience to illustrate the key points...This outstanding resource will help motivate many more nurses to get involved in the policy process”...Score: 93 - 4 Stars!

--Doody's Medical Reviews

Written by distinguished nurse leaders with expertise in policy, practice, education, and research, this book is a practical “how-to” guide written to help advanced students and nurse leaders develop health policy competencies to advocate for patients from the bedside to the larger political arena. Co-published with the American Nurses Association, the book examines the pivotal role of nurses involved in health policy, making it an essential resource for nurses pursuing advanced education and desiring to enhance their expertise in making policy and facilitating its change. The book addresses recent changes impacting healthcare and many other topics including information on the increased need for primary care providers, how full practice authority has been implemented in different states, the need for an enhanced RN role in ambulatory care, and ongoing changes to the Affordable Care Act. This edition describes the distinct role of nurses impacting policies on the front lines of healthcare. Current issues with detailed examples of how nurses can exert influence at local, state, national, and global levels at each step of the policymaking process are presented.

This second edition emphasizes collaboration within healthcare institutions, professional organizations, and government for the development of policies from bedside to boardroom. Using descriptive cases, the book delves into the growing role of nurses in elected and appointed office. The book clarifies the process of identifying issues that need a policy solution. A timely contribution focuses on evaluating policy sources, such as “Fake News.” It stresses how evidence must be used to strengthen policy initiatives. Woven throughout are essential themes basic to healthcare: ethics, leadership, safety, care access, and quality of care.

New to the Second Edition:

  • Revised chapters featuring inspirational, motivational, and practical stories representing different steps of the policy process
  • A new chapter, “Valuing Global Realities for Health Policy,” emphasizing issues that unite nurses globally and the role of nurses as global citizens
  • Expanded content on steps of policy analysis and evaluating evidence to support policy
  • An appraisal and evaluation of converged media, including “Fake News”
  • Guidance on working with the ongoing evolution of the Affordable Care Act
  • An examination of health in all policies to improve community and population health
  • Added focus on work environments as part of achieving the Quadruple Aim of healthcare
  • The latest developments in advanced practice registered nurse regulation

Key Features:

  • Delineates the steps, strategies, and competencies needed for health policy advocacy in organizational, educational, and political settings
  • Provides perspective relevant to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing doctor of nursing practice (DNP) Essentials
  • Includes real world examples of policymaking on the frontlines of clinical practice
  • Provides exemplars from high profile national and international nursing policy leaders
  • Examines how nurses are leaders in a variety of policy arenas
  • Illustrates policies to address social and economic inequities impacting health
  • Describes how evidence is used to advance policy

Product Details 

  • Publication Date September 17, 2018
  • Page Count 564
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826142221
  • EISBN 9780826142238

Table of Contents 



Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, FNAP




1. Leading the Way in Policy

Rebecca M. Patton, Margarete L. Zalon, and Ruth Ludwick

2. Advocating for Nurses and for Health

Karen Tomajan and Debbie Dawson Hatmaker

3. Navigating the Political System

Eileen M. Sullivan-Marx and Susan Apold


4. Identifying a Problem and Analyzing a Policy Issue

Rebecca M. Patton, Margarete L. Zalon, and Ruth Ludwick

5. Harnessing Evidence in the Policy Process

Kathleen M. White and Audra N. Rankin

6. Setting the Agenda

Linda K. Groah and Amy L. Hader


7. Building Capital: Intellectual, Social, Political, and Financial

Lauren Inouye, Colleen Leners, and Suzanne Miyamoto

8. Changing Organizations, Institutions, and Government

Tim Porter-O’Grady, Kathy Malloch, and Ingrid Johnson

9. Implementing the Plan

Rebecca M. Patton, Margarete L. Zalon, and Ruth Ludwick

10. Influencing Public Opinion and Health Policy Through Media Engagement

Pamela F. Cipriano and Jessica Keim-Malpass

11. Applying a Nursing Lens to Shape Policy

Joanne Disch


12. Evaluating Policy: Structures, Processes, and Outcomes

Sean P. Clarke and Pamela B. Linzer

13. Eliminating Health Inequities Through National and Global Policy

Shanita D. Williams and Janice M. Phillips

14. Valuing Global Realities for Health Policy

Judith Shamian and Michelle McHugh Slater

15. Taking Action, Shaping the Future

Rebecca M. Patton, Margarete L. Zalon, and Ruth Ludwick