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Over the years the nursing role has developed from one of caring forpatients and treating symptoms to one of taking a proactive role inimproving patient health and preventing symptoms from occurring Oneway advanced practice nursing is able to perform the latter is byparticipating in health care policy and politics This paper willdiscuss the driving forces and significance of advanced practice nurseseducation preparation the ways advanced practice nurses can influenceand advocate for health care in policy and politics and the roleprofessional health care organizations play in health care policy andadvocacyProviding the best possible care at the lowest possible cost is theroot of essentially all health care politics Advanced practice nurseshave a wealth of knowledge regarding patient care safety andsatisfaction as well as knowledge regarding avenues to cut costswithout negatively impacting patient care Advanced practice nursingeducation is being driven by the desire of nurses to make an impact onpolicy making Courses are offered to educate advanced practice nurseson the process of policy making and the judicial system so that they maybe effective players in the political game Hamric Spross Hanson2009 In order to be taken seriously by policymakers nurses must beeducated on the best times to have the biggest influence and whatactions may be taken at different stages in the policymaking processMason Leavitt Chaffee 2012 Mason et al 2012 points out that President Obamas health carereform bioterrorism preparedness and obesity prevention are also alldriving forces in the policy and politics education of advanced practicenurses Prevention is the key in all three of those factors Theadvanced practice nursing role will be crucial in prevention educationof the American population and it will need policymakers on its side Gebbie Wakefield and Kerfoot 2000 pointed out advanced practicenursings desire to be more educated on the policy making process so asto have a bigger impact on issues effecting health care It was alsopointed out that nursing courses in general provide
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