Health policies change rapidly at the national, state, and community level and are especially critical during times of international health crises. Nurses are positioned on the front lines of both health care delivery and health policy development. In particular, advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) have a unique perspective that allows them to offer meaningful input at many levels. Nurse practitioners play a significant role in shaping health policies, including:

  • Health care access
  • Health care equality
  • Health care legislation
  • Nursing scope of practice
  • Community-wide disease response

Nurses are an essential part of informing health policies, educating the public, and applying health policies in practice. 

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