Health Policy Engagement Among Graduate Nursing Students in the United States

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Amber Vermeesch, Associate Professor of Nursing (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Aim The aim was to understand how health policy education is currently being delivered in the United States’ graduate nursing programs.Methods This exploratory cross-sectional design used an anonymous online survey to target graduate nursing students attending American Association of College of Nursing (AACN) member institutions.Results Over 75% of the sample (n = 140) reported taking a dedicated health policy course and 71.5% ( n = 131) of the sample responded that a health policy course was required and an equal distribution among master’s and doctoral students. There was no significant difference between type of graduate degree sought and the requirement to take a health policy course ( P = 0.37). For students involved in health policy, there was a greater proportion of master’s students involved at the state level, than doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) or PhD students ( P = 0.04).Conclusions Health policy and advocacy education are important aspects of graduate nursing curriculum and have been integrated into curricula. Graduate nursing students at all levels reported that health policy AACN Essential competencies are being included in their program, either as stand-alone health policy courses or integrated health policy learning activities during matriculation.

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Nursing Forum, 1-6
Language: English
Date: 2018
health policy, graduate nursing students, nursing programs, American Association of College of Nursing, AACN

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