MSN Healthcare Policy Specialty Track Prepares Nurses to Positively Influence Delivery of Care Nationwide
Five years ago, the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) 2010 landmark report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” called for nurses to play more pivotal decision-making roles to affect healthcare policy that would improve patient care. Despite this recommendation, nurses make up just 6 percent of hospital boards.
Approximately 3.1 million strong in the U.S., comprising the largest segment of the healthcare workforce, registered nurses are uniquely positioned to bring the patient perspective to boardrooms to improve healthcare policy decisions that impact quality and safety.
“Our nation is experiencing rapid change in healthcare delivery, and nurses can be the catalysts to making it more accessible and accountable, while emphasizing the importance of population health, from prevention to full rehabilitation.”
– Elizabeth Fildes, EdD, RN, CNE, CARN-AP, APHN-BC, DACACD
Chamberlain College of Nursing aims to narrow this gap and elevate nurses’ frontline perspective at decision-making tables through the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Healthcare Policy Specialty Track. The program is designed to prepare nurses for a variety of roles that direct the path of healthcare policies that benefit patients and the community.
The MSN Healthcare Policy Specialty Track curriculum prepares nurses to research, design and implement healthcare policy, as well as evaluate policy outcomes. Coursework includes the foundations of healthcare policy, principles of healthcare systems, politics, economics and policy, global health, and nursing leadership in the public policy arena.
Our nation is experiencing rapid change in healthcare delivery, and nurses can be the catalysts to making it more accessible and accountable, while emphasizing the importance of population health, from prevention to full rehabilitation,” explained Elizabeth Fildes, EdD, RN, CNE, CARN-AP, APHN-BC, DACACD, a professor in Chamberlain’s MSN Healthcare Policy Specialty Track. “Consumers and healthcare providers can benefit greatly from having nurses’ passion for holistic care, clinical insights and leadership influence on the policies that will help shape the resources that benefit the patient experience and our population’s health.”
Dr. Fildes says seeing graduates apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to real-world advocacy efforts is fulfilling. “Nurses are the authority on patient experience, quality and safety,” she said. “Policy work is the vehicle that allows nurses to use this knowledge in co-creating legislation that exponentially enhances healthcare environments and resources for improved primary, secondary and tertiary care.”