Why should I care about health policy issues


Healthcare policy issues goes deeper than just a healthcare setting, it starts with a person like you and I. It starts with a person’s job, family, and sadly their income and street address will play a key role in what type of care they receive. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. (Mason, 2016)” As a nurse and a person who understands the struggle of the other side, “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. (Sobolewsk, 2015)”

With the push for nurses to obtain a BSN as minimal educational requirements, with one of the main reasoning’s is to be able to take over the leadership role. While nurses should accept the push as a compliment to only better the profession as a whole.  They should take it one step further, and use the professional leadership skills that are second nature to many nurses and step up to make a difference in not only their profession, but their families live as well.  “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”(Sobolewsk, 2015).




Mason, G. O. (2016). Policy & Politics in Nursing and Health Care. Missouri: Elsevier .

Sobolewsk, N. E. (2015). Every Voice Counts: Influencing Healthcare Policy in Nursing. Retrieved from http://chamberlain.edu/magazine/articles/a-look-at-the-national-nurse-act






Stroke Prevention

Up to 80% of strokes can be prevented by reducing your stroke risk through life style changes and with necessary medication. The Goal of this teaching plan is to provide you with information that can save your life. The information provided is going to help you know what stroke risk you may have and how to change it in order to prevent a stroke. Also, how to recognize if someone is having a stroke and what to do if some is having a stroke.

-FAST: Recognizing Stroke Symptoms

– F : Stands for face: Ask the person to smile. Is the person face numb, tingling, symmetrical, does the person have a facial droop.
-A: Stands for Arms: Ask the person to raise their arms. Is the persons arm weak, is the person able to move their arms equally. Does the person feel numbness or tingling in either arms.
-S: Stands for speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the person’s speech clear. Is the person able to speak.
-T: Stands for Time: TIME is Crucial: CALL 911 if the person has any of theses symptoms.

Stroke Risk

– Prevention Outline- ex. Taking medication, Exercising
-Treatment: List of treatments for a patient that have stroke symptoms.
– Why fast treatment is so important.

The Big Question

The big question for this unit is “How do race, class, and gender affect people’s experiences of illness and healthcare?”. For this post I am going to focus on gender.  I’m going to use the stories “A night” and “Ponies gathering in the Dark” to discuss this question.

The story “A Night” is about a nurse’s experience during the a war.  She is in charge of watching everyone in three rooms of the hospital she is in.  She shares some of her experiences she has had with different patients to give an idea of how that usually are.  Then one day a man named John is brought into one of her rooms.  John was shot in the back and as a result has a punctured lung that pains him every time he breathes.  John does not show signs of pain.  After the nurse becomes very close to John he ends up dying.  At one point in the story she connects with John because she finally understands their connection and his vision of her.  “Now I knew that to him, as to many , I was the poor substitute for mother, wife, or sister”(page 52).  This quote really connects to the big question.  Since she is a female, her patients respect her and are more comfortable with her because she takes the place of one of their loved ones.

In the story “Ponies gathering in the Dark”,  a medicine man from a tribe goes on a quest to find a new cure that will save his people from a disease that is currently killing them.  Throughout the story he connects with nature to try and find this cure.  In the end it ends up taking his life and he does not find a cure to save his people.  To his people he is the doctor he is their leader.

The answer to the big question can be found by comparing these two stories.  One that is about a nurse, the other is about a medicine man.  In the one story the nurse is able to connect with her patients by being someone close to them, like their sister, mother, or wife.  Where the medicine man’s patients are his people.  They look to him to save them.  This gives them a sense of power that helps them stay alive.  Here we can clearly see two different ways that people can effect their patients.  The nurse uses her gender to help her patients be more comfortable, more calm, and to take care of them that way.  Where the medicine man uses his image and strength to help his patients.  I’m not saying that nurses cant supply that, I’m just interpreting how both characters were from their stories.