Guest blogger Jeri A. Milstead, author of the upcoming Health Policy and Politics: A Nurse's Guide, Fifth Edition, writes about the importance of understanding policy and what to expect in the new edition.
"Health Policy and Politics, Fifth Edition helps readers understand that policy making is much more than how a bill becomes a law. Exploring the whole policy process from agenda setting to government response to program implementation and evaluation offers opportunities to get involved at many points where nurses and their colleagues have expertise. Master’s and doctoral students have told me that they never really knew the process had so many points where they could actually contribute.
The Fifth Edition has an exciting new chapter on inter-professional practice, education, and research that is written by three experts in psychology, pharmacy, and medicine who have national and international experience in leadership with nurses and other professionals. For too long all of us health care professionals have worked in silos. Nurses ‘get it’ quickly and the Fifth Edition will help all readers realize how much more we can do in the policy arena if we do it together. The authors of the new chapter have paved the way and present real-life opportunities to readers who have not yet reached out to our colleagues in actual practice situations.
Case studies present realistic situations where readers can apply policy theory to each phase of the policy process. Instead of a dry, academic book, readers can make the link between concepts and their practice. The authors wrote discussion points to challenge the reader to think critically about problems, solutions, and political implications—that is, what would you do to move a policy forward?"
Jeri A. Milstead, PhD, RN, FAAN, is an internationally known expert in public policy and the politics of health care. She is currently a Senior Nurse Consultant at Milstead Innovations, a provider of consultation on public policy, leadership, and education.
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