Demetrius J. Porche, DNS, PhD, APRN, FAANP, FAAN
Dean and Professor, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, School of Nursing, New Orleans, Louisiana
This book covers the same material as other policy books, but the format makes it very easy to use. It moves the reader through definitions of policy, to models, to how the government works, into the tools of politics and policy making, and ends with policy institutes and their role in policy making. Unique features include the accompanying illustrations that support linkages and processes in policy making, the summary points at the end of each chapter, and the straightforward language.
There are many policy books, including nursing policy books such as Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care, 6th edition, Mason et al. (Elsevier, 2011), which the author quotes. The Mason book, like many others, covers some of the same material but is harder for novices to follow and use.
Other books have more in-depth information in some areas, but often are so detailed that novices will be less likely to read them. This book is refreshingly easy to read. And, as the author acknowledges, it has been fashioned from student comments and is done with the novice policy-making nurse in mind.
- Carole Ann Kenner, PhD, MSN, BSN, Northeastern University Bouve College of Health Sciences
Health care providers frequently engage in setting policy agenda at the individual, systems, institutional, or public level. Health Policy: Application for Nurses and Other Health Care Professionals provides an overview of the policymaking process within a variety of settings including academia, clinical practice, communities, and various health care systems. By including both policy evaluation and research, the author provides a comprehensive and multi-perspective approach to developing and formulating effective health care policy.