reflect on the topics we have covered over the last 15 weeks, discuss healthcare policy and politic and discuss the impact of mentors during the course.



Griselda Duvergel.

Public health is an evidence-based profession that improves health and disease prevalence. Politics play a vital role in how public health policies are implemented to ensure quality care delivery. Some of the healthcare policies in this course include increasing the prices of tobacco and other related products and getting tobacco-free zones that protect non-smokers from secondary tobacco smoking effects. Controlling tobacco use in nursing was another highlight during the course. Controlling tobacco usage among children and adolescents reduces nicotine addiction, and as a result, state and federal governments adopt FCTC to ban public smoking. The policy also extensively reduces withdrawal symptoms among patients in hospitals. According to Walley et al. (2019), this is achieved by implementing the FCTC law that restricts the advertising of tobacco products despite its usage being considered a personal choice. Healthcare policies have led to incorporating a population health focus in nursing practice. Throughout the 15 weeks of this course, a population health focus is believed to transform the healthcare delivery system significantly. When used in healthcare institutions, healthcare practice is done beyond the traditional models by addressing the need for the local communities to collaborate with healthcare practitioners for quality care delivery. As observed by Marshall et al. (2019), population health focus establishes partnership in healthcare to address the needs of the population served and achieved a more improved health outcome.  

Over the last 15 weeks, we have learned a couple of healthcare policies and delivery systems. I recall the pro and cons of collaborating with physician organizations when pursuing FPA legislation. Here, we learned that this collaboration enhances improvement in the patient care system and outcomes by enabling healthcare organizations to develop a plan that ensures patients are satisfied with quality care from admission to discharge. However, in many cases, collaborating with physician organizations is risky because the working hours are extended, subjecting nurses to longer work hours (Mason et al., 2020). In addition, the course embraced the need for nurse educators to understand the implications of policies that affects nursing education. In this context, academic freedom is relevant in enhancing institutional reputation and limiting nurses’ abilities to discuss complex issues surrounding their working environment. Nursing educators and mentors play a vital role in influencing healthcare policies. For instance, they ensure that nurses adhere to the best nursing practice under their supervision, thus a significant component in quality care delivery. 


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