Using Evidence-Based Research in Advocacy (graded)
Consider your chosen policy priority. How can you use evidence-based research to demonstrate the relationship of nursing practice to outcomes in your policy priority?

Mason, D. J., Gardner, D. B., Outlaw, F. H., & O’Grady, E. T. (2016). Policy & politics in nursing and healthcare (7th ed.). Retrieved from
? Chapter 10: Communication and Conflict Management in Health Policy
? Chapter 13: Using Research to Advance Health and Social Policies for Children
? Chapter 51: TAKING ACTION: Influencing Policy Through an Appointment to the San Francisco Health Commission
? Chapter 69: TAKING ACTION: A Nurse Practitioner’s Activist Efforts in Nevada
? Chapter 72: Interest Groups in Health Care Policy and Politics
? Chapter 73: Current Issues in Nursing Associations
? Chapter 75: Coalitions: A Powerful Political Strategy
? Chapter 76: TAKING ACTION: The Nursing Community Builds a Unified Voice
? Chapter 90: TAKING ACTION: Reefer Madness: The Clash of Science, Politics, and Medical Marijuana
Teitelbaum, J. & Wilensky, S. (2017 ). Essentials of health policy and law (3rd ed.). Retrieved from
? Chapter 14: The Art of Structuring and Writing a Health Policy Analysis
Goodman, T. (2014). The future of nursing: An opportunity for advocacy. AORN Journal, 99(6), 668-671 doi: 10.1016/j.aorn.2014.03.004 link to article
Nannini, A. & Crocker, S. (2010). Translating evidence from systematic reviews for policy makers. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 36(6), 22-26. doi: 10.3928/00989134-20100504-02 link to article

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This week, the course content will focus on the various elements impacting policy priorities, plans for implementation of those policies, the relevant stakeholders, and evaluation of results once the policy is implemented. Coalitions will be examined in terms of their functions and purposes, as well as the power of special interest groups. The value of research and its application to the political process will be explored. Conflict management and working effectively in the context of nursing specialty associations will also be discussed.
Coalitions: One Very Powerful Approach
A coalition is composed of individuals and/or groups that are combined into one organization that has leadership and structure. The purpose is to combine efforts for change. In other words, there is a common interest in influencing or changing public or social policy. This change can target concerns at the local level (i.e. removing an abandon building for safety reasons), state (i.e. requiring motorcycle riders to wear helmets) or federal level (i.e. national effort to prevent abuse of the elderly). Benefits to forming a coalition include the pooling of resources, increasing communication among interested parties and sustaining the energy to that the identified goal can be achieved. However, within a coalition problems can occur.
Have you ever been a member of a coalition? If so, what were the strengths? What were the weaknesses? Was the coalition’s mission based on specific objectives or an ongoing mission? Consider the success of the ongoing civil rights Rainbow Coalition or the various state nurse workforce coalitions. Coalitions can be made up of members of different groups coming together for a singular purpose, or they can be (as in the case of the state nurse workforce coalitions) subtypes within the same group, unifying for a singular purpose. A professional organization may also function as a coalition. Can you think of a professional nursing organizational with a specific health policy agenda?