Nursing and public policy: a tool for excellence in education, practice, and research

Nurs Outlook. Mar-Apr 2009;57(2):78-83. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2009.01.002.


Complex social and health policy issues face our nation and profession, and proactive participation in the public policy arena is a key to excellence in clinical practice, scholarship, and education for nursing. The purpose of this article is to reflect on the value of the nursing profession's public policy involvement. Specifically, a case example of the author's experiences as a nurse-legislator at the state level is provided. Public policy examples and political strategies are included. Being a part of the political arena or "game" is a key to shaping health policy and, in turn, a strategy for excellence in nursing.

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / standards*
  • Education, Nursing / standards*
  • Humans
  • Nursing Services / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Politics
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'*
  • Public Policy*
  • United States