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NURS 5339 - Leadership for Quality, Safety, and Health Policy: Overview

Library and other resources for Nursing policy

What is "Policy"?

From the CDC:

Policy is a law, regulation, procedure, administrative action, incentive, or voluntary practice of governments and other institutions. Policy decisions are frequently reflected in resource allocations. Health can be influenced by policies in many different sectors. For example, transportation policies can encourage physical activity (pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly community design); policies in schools can improve the nutritional content of school meals.

From the AACN (Essential V):

"Health care policy - whether it is created through governmental actions, institutional decision making, or organizational standards - creates a framework that can facilitate or impede the delivery of health care services or the ability of the provider to engage in practice to address health care needs.  Thus, engagement in the process of policy development is central to creating a health care system that meets the needs of its constituents."

Liaison to the School of Nursing

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Emme Lopez
Office: SON1.130

Health Policy Journals in Browzine

View the library's health policy journals in Browzine.

Search Public Law

Bills and joint resolutions may be searched as public laws after  they have been assigned a P.L. number.

Search via by congressional session or keyword.

Key Websites

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

  • Their mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and with other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used

Centers for Disease Control

  • A federal agency that conducts and supports health promotion, prevention and preparedness activities in the United States, with the goal of improving overall public health

Military Health System and Defense Health Agency

  • MHS provides healthcare to active duty and retired US military personnel and their dependents
  • DHA is a joint, integrated Combat Support Agency that enables the U.S Army, U.S Navy, and U.S Air Force medical services to provide a medically ready force and ready medical force to Combatant Commands in both peacetime and wartime

Public Health Institute

  • Dedicated to promoting health, well-being and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world

Texas Public Health Coalition

  • A coalition of health professional organizations and health-focused organizations dedicated to disease prevention and health promotion

Associations and Boards

Entities like Boards, Associations, etc. do not carry the force of law. However, they did suggest and direct policy implementation in practice and can organize members around key points and issues.


American Nurses Association

  • Lobby for regulation, advocate for policy implementation at the national level

National League for Nursing

  • Maintains a public policy agenda that is updated regularly, track and advocate for legislative issues

Texas Nurses Association

  • Track and advocate for policy in the state of Texas

Texas Board of Nursing

  • Provide direction for nurses on issues of concern to the Board relevant to protection of the public health via published position statements

Key Databases

Academic Search Complete (SU *Medical Policy)

CINAHL (MH Health Policy)

Military and Government Collection (SU Public Health OR Medical Policy)

PsycInfo (SU Health Care Policy)

PubMed (MeSH Health Policy)