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Health Policy and Ethics
NURS-501

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course examines policy decisions and related issues that shape the organization, financing, and implementation of health care services and delivery systems. Ethical, social, and political issues that affect the provision of health care, nursing services, communities, and society are critically analyzed. Dynamics related to the roles and influences of health care providers and consumers, government, and law are discussed. Advanced nursing practice and its impact on policy decision making and health care is emphasized.

Requisites

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

This course prepares the student for leadership roles and active involvement in the political process relevant to the development, implementation, and evaluation of health policies that are economically and ethically sound and designed to promote health and access to health care for individuals, families, communities, and society.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify major influences that have an effect on health care policy and the health care system in the United States.
  2. Compare legislative and regulatory processes involved in the development and implementation of health policy.
  3. Discuss economic implications of health planning, organization of personnel and resources, payment methods, and cost-effectiveness of various health care delivery systems.
  4. Critique socioeconomic, legal, ethical, and political issues relevant to policymaking and provision of equitable, safe, and quality health care at the local, state, and national levels.
  5. Analyze common ethical dilemmas and their impact on patient care and population health outcomes.
  6. Evaluate ethical decision-making from personal and organizational perspectives, while discussing potential for conflicts of interest that may arise and proposing actions to resolve conflicts.
  7. Interpret the value and importance of the advanced practice nursing role(s) to policy makers, health care professionals, and consumers.
  8. Analyze issues relevant to health policy from a Christian worldview and biblical perspective.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchase

Nickitas, D., Middaugh, D., & Feeg, V. (2020). Policy and Politics for Nurses and Other Health Professionals: Advocacy and Action (3rd ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning. ISBN: 9781284140392.

Disclaimer: The above resource provides information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in this resource.

Recommended Resources

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Current ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Edgerton, L. (2017). The less-is-more handbook: A guide to college writing. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt. ISBN: 9781465298140.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Word and PowerPoint
  5. Access to a printer/scanner

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student
will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to submit a thread in response to the provided prompt. The thread must be at least 500 words and be supported by 2 peer-reviewed journal articles in addition to the course textbook and the Bible. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 250 words. The student must support each thread and reply with at least 1 citation in current APA format.

Reflection Assignment

The student will write about an event that has occurred in his/her professional practice in which an error was made, an ethical dilemma arose, or a breakdown in team work, collaboration, and communication among the healthcare team negatively impacted a patient’s care or health outcome. The assignment must be 2–4 pages (not including the title and reference pages), include 2–3 peer reviewed journal articles published within the last 5 years, and be in current APA format.

Case Studies Discussions (2)

The student will review legal case briefs and submit a thread in response to the provided prompt. Each thread must be at least 500 words and be supported by 2 peer-reviewed journal articles in addition to the course textbook and the Bible. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 250 words and be supported by at least 1 scholarly source.

Health Policy Issue

Position Paper

The student will submit a 12–15-page paper in current APA format addressing a state or federal health bill/policy that has been introduced but not passed, already exists, or is in need of revision or elimination. The student must support his or her paper with 10–15 citations. The paper must include a title page, an abstract, and a reference page. The page count does not include the title page, abstract, or reference page.

Position Presentation

The student will prepare a presentation as if briefing policy decision makers about a relevant state or federal bill/policy, or local ordinance, that has been introduced but not yet passed, or one that exists and is in need of revision OR elimination. The student’s position must be delivered via a method that incorporates both audio and visual components. Examples include (but are not limited to) PowerPoint with voiceover, use of a screen casting application or a YouTube Video. The presentation must be 10 slides (not including the title slide and references slide), and must not exceed 15 minutes. A minimum of 5 scholarly citations published within the last 5 years in current APA format are required. The Presentation should be submitted to the Grade Book as well as assigned Group.

Position Presentation Feedback

The student will post their position presentation within a Group Discussion Board Forum and will be required to review the work of
his/her peers and give substantive feedback.

Legislative Position Letter

The student will write a 1–2-page formal, business-style letter expressing his or her views on the issue studied in previous weeks. Students should take into consideration feedback received from faculty and classmates. In addition, the student must include a title page and a reference page in current APA format. The student must support his or her letter with at least 1 citation in current APA format.

Course Grading

Course Requirement Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (2 at 100 pts ea)

200

Reflection Assignment

100

Case Studies Discussions (2 at 100 pts ea)

200

Health Policy Issue

 

Position Paper

200

Position Presentation

175

Position Presentation Feedback

25

Legislative Position Letter

100

Total

1010

Course Policies

MSN Policies

Refer to MSN Handbook.

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

NURS 501

Textbook: Nickitas et al., Policy and Politics for Nurses and Other Health Professionals (2020).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Nickitas et al. chs. 1, 2, 3

1 presentation

1 website

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

10

0

100

2

Nickitas et al. ch. 4, 5, 6

Bible Readings

2 presentations

Reflection Assignment

100

3

3 presentations

1 PDF

2 websites

Case Study Discussion 1

100

4

Nickitas et al. chs. 7, 8

1 presentation

5 websites

 

Case Study Discussion 2

100

5

Nickitas et al. chs. 9–13

1 presentation

 1 website

Health Policy Issue – Position Paper

200

6

Nickitas et al. ch. 14

1 presentation

1 website

Health Policy Issue – Position Presentation

Health Policy Issue – Position Feedback Forum*

175

0

7

Nickitas et al. ch.15–17

1 presentation

1 PDF

Health Policy Issue – Position Presentation Feedback

25

8

Nickitas et al. ch. 18

1 presentation

DB Forum 2

Legislative Position Letter

100

100

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

*Note: Your Position Presentation should be submitted to both the grade book and the group discussion board. This is required so classmates can offer you feedback in the Presentation Feedback assignment due in Module/Week 7.

NOTE:  Each course module/week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.