Nurses Making Policy: From Bedside to Boardroom

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Rebecca M. Patton, DNP, RN, CNOR, FAAN, Margarete L. Zalon, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN, Ruth Ludwick, PhD, RN-BC, APRN-CNS, FAAN
Springer Publishing Company, Nov 13, 2014 - Medical - 568 pages

"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 publication is timely as the shift in healthcare requires input from all health professionals, but especially nurses who are at the frontline of healthcare change and delivery. This outstanding resource will help motivate many more nurses to get involved in the policy process... Weighted Numerical Score: 93 - 4 Stars!"--Doody's Medical Reviews

Written by those in the know˝exceptional nurse leaders in practice, education, and politics˝this is a practical, "how-to" book written to help advanced students and nurse leaders develop health policy skills to advocate for patients from the bedside to the larger political arena. Co-published with the American Nurses Association (ANA), the book examines the pivotal role of nurses' involvement in health policy and describes the requisite steps for facilitating policy change˝from understanding the political system through activating a plan and beyond. It features the voices of a wide variety of nurse leaders who discuss policy work both locally and nationally through descriptive case histories.

The book discusses those qualities and skill sets that are needed for advocacy at the bedside and other arenas where health policy is determined. It examines the political system and opportunities for nurse involvement, and clarifies the process of identifying issues that need a policy solution. Because citing research is an integral component of health policy solutions, the book describes how research can be used to strengthen policy initiatives. The book guides the reader step by step through the process of creating a work plan and describes the resources needed to accomplish policy change. Activating an action plan and strategies for working with the media are covered, along with the process of taking a leadership role, evaluating outcomes, using policy to eliminate health inequities, and maintaining and expanding momentum. Woven throughout the book are the major themes of ethics, leadership, safety, and the quest for quality of care. The text provides information and perspectives relevant to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) doctor of nursing practice (DNP) Essentials, and includes multimedia electronic links to resources (podcasts, online articles, social network resources, and key political websites) that promote policy research and leadership development.


  • Delineates the steps to becoming a policy advocate in organizational, educational, and political settings
  • Written by noted nurse leaders who describe policy work locally and nationally
  • Presents competencies for nursing policy work derived from the AACN DNP Essentials
  • Focuses throughout on themes of ethics, leadership, quality, and safety
  • Facilitates web use for policy research and development
  • Ancillary materials from the editors are available

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Rebecca M. Patton, MSN, RN, CNOR, FAAN, is the past, two-term president of the American Nurses Association (ANA; 2006-2010), and currently holds the inaugural Endowed Perioperative Nursing Chair, Atkinson Scholar in Perioperative Nursing at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, where she is obtaining her doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree. As a nurse, author, and lecturer, Ms. Patton has presented extensively throughout the world. Between 2006 and 2010, she logged over 330,000 miles as president of the ANA. Ms. Patton has testified before Congress and met with major policy makers-including Presidents Obama, Bush, and Clinton-when she lobbied on health care issues affecting nurses and the general public. She was invited by President Bush to tour and meet with the soldiers and nurses at the Guantanamo Detainee Camp in Cuba. Ms. Patton was selected twice by the U.S. State Department to serve on the U.S. delegation at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. Ms. Patton serves on the "American Nurse Today" ("ANT") editorial board and has written chapters for books on medical-surgical nursing and for nursing journals. She has received numerous recognitions, including the ANA Distinguished Membership Award; Sigma Theta Tau International Founder Dorothy Garrigus Adams Award for Excellence in Fostering Professional Standards, 2013; "Modern Health Care" "Top 100 Most Influential Persons in Healthcare" in 2009 and 2010; and Community Involved Political Action Award from the Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Xi Chapter at Kent State University. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

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