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Updated edition equips nurses for first steps in health policy

INDIANAPOLIS—What happens in health policy at local, state, and federal levels directly affects patients, nurses, and nursing practice. However, many healthcare professionals are intimidated by the complexity of the process and do not know how take the first step to implementing policy change. In the second edition of Evidence-Informed Health Policy from Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma), authors Jacqueline M. Loversidge and Joyce Zurmehly demystify health policymaking and equip nurses and other healthcare professionals with the knowledge, tools, and confidence to navigate the first of many steps into health policy.

Fortunately, nurses and healthcare providers are skilled in using evidence-based practice (EBP) and have a built-in toolkit that will help them transfer those skills applied to solving clinical problems to solving policy problems. In this book, Loversidge and Zurmehly translate the EBP language of clinical decision-making into an evidence-informed health policy (EIHP) model. They build a foundation for integrating evidence into health policymaking and leveraging dialogue between key stakeholders. The second edition includes fresh perspectives on the use of evidence to inform smart health policy, lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic to strategize for sound policy informed by the best science, a new visual representation of the EIHP model, and beyond-borders strategies to develop a health policy worldview more effectively.

“Nurses are amongst the most inquiring, persistent, yet most impatient of the health providers. They want results. They thrive on moving their patients toward a state of health, and they are becoming ever more skilled at using evidence to do just that,” said author Jacqueline M. Loversidge. “We wrote this book to help the next generation of nursing policy leaders thrive in the political environments where the translation of those evidence-based clinical skills could be used to advance sound health policy.” 

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Evidence-Informed Health Policy, Second Edition
By Jacqueline M. Loversidge, PhD, RNC-AWHC, ANEF and Joyce Zurmehly, PhD, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, ANEF, FAAN
Published by Sigma, 2023
ISBN-13: 9781646481132  
EPUB ISBN: 9781646481149  
PDF ISBN: 9781646481156
Price: US $54.95
Trade paperback, 380 pages
Trim size: 6x9

About the authors:

Jacqueline M. Loversidge, PhD, RNC-AWHC, ANEF, is an Associate Professor Emeritus of Clinical Nursing at The Ohio State University College of Nursing. She has extensive experience in the regulatory setting through her work with the Ohio Board of Nursing and through committee work for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Joyce Zurmehly, PhD, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, ANEF, FAAN, is a Professor of Clinical Nursing at The Ohio State University College of Nursing. She has served on national committees where she actively participates in developing policy in the regulation of nursing programs.

About Sigma:
The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) is a nonprofit organization with the mission of developing nurse leaders anywhere to improve healthcare everywhere. Founded in 1922, Sigma has more than 100,000 active members and 600 chapters at institutions of higher education and healthcare partners from Armenia, Australia, and Botswana to Thailand, the United States, and Wales. Sigma members include clinical nurses and administrators, academic nurse educators and researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and others working to fulfill the organization’s vision of connected, empowered nurse leaders transforming global healthcare. 

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