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NURS 7324 - Healthcare Economics & Policy: Overview

Library and other resources for Nursing policy

Policy Matters

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."


Policy and economic research is different from the research you are used to doing to answer clinical questions and meet the needs of evidence-based practice. Consider taking a tutorial to bolster your skills.

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

American Organization for Nursing Leadership

  • Provides national-level information to nurse leaders, and encourages organized lobbying

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

  • Provides 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)

Business Source Complete

CINAHL (MH Health Policy)


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

PsycINFO (SU Health Care Policy)

PubMed (MeSH Health Policy)

Liaison to the School of Nursing

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