Title Nurses Making Policy, 2/e
Subtitle From Bedside to Boardroom
Author Rebecca M. Patton, Margarete L. Zalon, Ruth Ludwick
ISBN 9780826142221
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 564
Book size 178 x 254 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Springer Publishing Company
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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




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




UNIT I: Making the Case

Chapter 1. Leading the Way in Policy (Rebecca M. Patton, Margarete L. Zalon, and Ruth Ludwick)

Chapter 2. Advocating for Nurses and for Health (Karen Tomajan and Debbie Dawson Hatmaker)

Chapter 3. Navigating the Political System (Eileen M. Sullivan-Marx and Susan Apold)


UNIT II: Analyzing Policy

Chapter 4. Identifying a Problem and Analyzing a Policy Issue (Rebecca M. Patton, Margarete L. Zalon, and Ruth Ludwick)

Chapter 5. Harnessing Evidence in the Policy Process (Kathleen M. White and Audra N. Rankin)

Chapter 6. Setting the Agenda (Linda K. Groah and Amy L. Hader)


UNIT III: Strategizing and Creating Change

Chapter 7. Building Capital: Intellectual, Social, Political, and Financial (Lauren Inouye, Colleen Leners, and Suzanne Miyamoto)

Chapter 8. Changing Organizations, Institutions, and Government (Tim Porter-O’Grady, Kathy Malloch, and Ingrid Johnson)

Chapter 9. Implementing the Plan (Rebecca M. Patton, Margarete L. Zalon, and Ruth Ludwick)

Chapter 10. Influencing Public Opinion and Health Policy Through Media Engagement (Pamela F. Cipriano and Jessica Keim-Malpass)

Chapter 11. Applying a Nursing Lens to Shape Policy (Joanne Disch)

UNIT IV: Judging Worth and Advancing the Cause

Chapter 12. Evaluating Policy: Structures, Processes, and Outcomes (Sean P. Clarke and Pamela B. Linzer)

Chapter 13. Eliminating Health Inequities Through National and Global Policy (Shanita D. Williams and

Janice M. Phillips)

Chapter 14. Valuing Global Realities for Health Policy (Judith Shamian and Michelle McHugh Slater)

Chapter 15. Taking Action, Shaping the Future (Rebecca M. Patton, Margarete L. Zalon, and Ruth Ludwick)



About the Editors:

Rebecca M. Patton, DNP, RN, CNOR, FAAN, is the past, two-term president of the American Nurses Association (ANA; 2006–2010) and holds the inaugural Endowed Perioperative Nursing Chair, Lucy Jo Atkinson Scholar in Perioperative Nursing at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University. As a nurse, author, and lecturer, she has presented extensively throughout the world. Dr. Patton has testified before Congress and met with major policy makers—including Presidents Obama, Bush, and Clinton—when she lobbied on healthcare 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. Dr. 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. Dr. 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 being named a Jonas Scholar through the National League for Nursing (NLN) Jonas Scholars Program, National Student Nurses Association Honorary Membership Award, Ohio March of Dimes Nurse of the Year 2015, ANA Distinguished Membership Award, Sigma Theta Tau International Founder Dorothy Garrigus Adams Award for Excellence in Fostering Professional Standards, Modern Healthcare “Top 100 Most Influential Persons in Healthcare” in 2009 and 2010, and the 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.


Margarete L. Zalon, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN, is a professor in the Department of Nursing and director of the online master of science in Health Informatics program at the University of Scranton, Scranton, Pennsylvania, and an adult health clinical nurse specialist. She is the president of the Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania. Dr. Zalon is a past board chair of the American Nurses Foundation and a former board member of the American Nurses Association. She also served as vice president, American Nurses Credentialing Center and as president of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association. Dr. Zalon is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a member of its Acute and Critical Care Expert Panel. Her research focuses on vulnerable elders, and her research has been funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research. She has authored book chapters, as well as articles in Nursing Research, Applied Nursing Research, Journal of Nursing Scholarship, Journal of Nursing Measurement, Journal of Nursing Education, and Nurse Educator, and numerous other professional publications. She has made research and health policy presentations at the local, state, national, and international levels.


Ruth Ludwick, PhD, RN-BC, APRN-CNS, FAAN, is professor emeritus, Kent State University College of Nursing, and adjunct graduate faculty at Northeast Ohio Medical University. She is a research and policy consultant locally, nationally, and internationally. As a leader and an educator, Dr. Ludwick has transformed standards of nursing care of older people and the gerontological preparation of nurses. She has a sustained record of research and was recognized for this work by the Ohio Nurses Association with a Research in Nursing Excellence Award. Her numerous publications focus on challenging and significant gerontological nursing issues such as restraint reduction, health literacy, and advance care planning. Her funding includes grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, National Institute on Aging, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the National Palliative Care Research Center. She serves on the editorial boards of the Online Journal of Issues in Nursing and the International Journal of Older People Nursing and has authored over 100 articles, book chapters, editorials, and compilations appearing in a variety of renowned journals, such as Nursing Research, Advances in Nursing Science, The Gerontologist, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Nursing Ethics, and Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. Some examples of her advocacy include serving on committees of the Ohio Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association, and on the board of the Ohio Health Literacy Partners (OHLP), a statewide collaborative dedicated to empowering

Ohioans to make informed health choices through improved health literacy.

Target Audience:

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.

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