Nursing Roles in Healthcare Policy: A Focus on Underserved Populations


About the Course  

Episode 1 delves into the crucial role nurses play in shaping healthcare policy, particularly for underserved populations.  The episode explores the distinct groups of vulnerable and underserved populations, emphasizing the need for nurses to advocate for these communities. Common misconceptions surrounding healthcare challenges are discussed, along with how nurses can significantly influence healthcare policy, enhance access, and improve outcomes for these communities.

In Episode 2, the focus is on navigating legal aspects in nursing policy for underserved populations. The discussion builds on the importance of nurses contributing to policy development, emphasizing the lasting impact nurses can have on communities. It delves into ethical dilemmas, legal considerations, and current initiatives. The episode concludes with practical ways for nurses to actively engage in supporting advocacy efforts, emphasizing the impact of small, meaningful actions in policy development. 

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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Identify the role of nurses in healthcare policy. 
  • Describe how nursing skills and education can contribute to addressing community needs and the potential impact of healthcare policy changes. 
  • Identify the most vulnerable populations. 
  • Discuss current initiatives focused on safety and advocacy for vulnerable populations. 
  • Recognize opportunities for advanced education and certification in healthcare policy for nurses. 

About the Presenter

Abbie Schmitt, RN, MSN, is an accomplished Nurse Educator and Author with a Master's Degree in Nursing from Liberty University. She has a diverse background, including roles in CPR instruction, incident management, nursing education, and clinical practice, demonstrating her versatility in the healthcare field. Abbie holds multiple certifications and licenses, reflecting her commitment to professional growth. Her published CE courses and her dedication to improving healthcare practices underline her significant contributions to the nursing profession.   

How to Receive Credit  

  • Listen to the entire recording which requires a 1 hour commitment of time.
  • At the end of the course, answer the Yes/No Affirmation question to indicate that you have completed the educational activity.
  • Specific to Florida: A mandatory Final Examination with a passing score of 75% or higher is required. Exam questions link content to the course Learning Outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.  

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Accreditations and Approvals

Colibri Healthcare, LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.