Nursing advanced practice can serve as content experts for policymakers and their staff. Discuss methods that you can use to stay current with your health policy knowledge. Be specific with your response and share names of publications, websites, and other resources.
The nursing profession is experiencing significant changes. New policies are being developed to improve the quality of healthcare. Therefore, there is an increased need for nurse professionals to be aware of the methods they can use to remain current with the current healthcare policies. This paper explores ways that a nurse can stay current with the policy knowledge.
Joining a nursing organization will help nurses remain current with the policy knowledge. Nursing organizations have continuously sponsored annual legislative days, conducted policy workshops, and offered policy internships, allowing the nurses to learn more about the current healthcare policies (Chiu, 2021). Organizations such as the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and the American Nurses Association (ANA) have played a critical role in familiarizing their members with the current healthcare policies.
Reading journals and professional news outlets is critical in expounding nurses’ knowledge of current policies. In addition, most of the current healthcare policies are updated on social media. Different government websites provide continuous updates on current health policies (Maddox et al., 2019). These include the Centers for Disease and Medicaid Services, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Continuous education also provides nurses with an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the current healthcare policies. Ongoing training aims at equipping the professionals with relevant skills and knowledge that will ensure that they are successful in the job market. The nurses are trained on the current healthcare policies, anticipated changes, and credibility requirements governing the delivery of care (Quan, 2017). States are being encouraged to adopt continuous annual education for nurses to ensure the actions and practices of these professionals concur with the current healthcare policies.
The dynamism experienced in healthcare requires the nurses to keep up with the current policies. Professional nursing organizations, government websites, and continuous education provides useful information that ensures that these professionals are conversant with the current policy knowledge. Therefore, healthcare professionals should be at the forefront in acquiring relevant knowledge on the current healthcare policies.
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