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    DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) Reflection

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    Include a self-assessment regarding learning that you believe represents your skills, knowledge, and integrative abilities to meet the pertinent DNP Essential and sub-competencies (AACN, 2006) as a result of active learning throughout this course. Be sure to use examples from selected readings, threaded discussions, and/or applications to support your assertions to address each of the following sub-competencies:
    (a) "Critically analyze health policy proposals, health policies, and related issues from the perspective of consumers, nursing, other health professions, and other stakeholders in policy and public forums.
    (b) Demonstrate leadership in the development and implementation of institutional, local, state, federal, and/or international health policy.
    (c) Influence policy makers through active participation on committees, boards, or task forces at the institutional, local, state, regional, national, and/or international levels to improve healthcare delivery and outcomes.
    (d) Educate others, including policy makers at all levels, regarding nursing, health policy, and patient care outcomes.
    (e) Advocate for the nursing profession within the policy and healthcare communities.
    (f) Develop, evaluate, and provide leadership for healthcare policy that shapes healthcare financing, regulation, and delivery.
    (g) Advocate for social justice, equity, and ethical policies within all healthcare arenas" (AACN, 2006, p. 14).

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    Include a self-assessment regarding learning that you believe represents your skills, knowledge, and integrative abilities to meet the pertinent DNP Essential and sub-competencies (AACN, 2006) as a result of active learning throughout this course. Be sure to use examples from selected readings, threaded discussions, and/or applications to support your assertions to address each of the following sub-competencies:
    (a) "Critically analyze health policy proposals, health policies, and related issues from the perspective of consumers, nursing, other health professions, and other stakeholders in policy and public forums.

    Policy proposals that are DNP nurses will be able to propose as a result of their training and skills accumulated throughout their DNP education will be predicated upon building effective coalitions within the healthcare industry. The most effective policies have wide-scale support from all stakeholders, and to accomplish this, DNP nurses will possess the skills to effectively communicate with all stakeholders and ensure that they facilitate collaboration between these stakeholders. Therefore, the skills and knowledge learn throughout the DNP education is capable of providing this vital skill set wherein the courses that are taken help increase the knowledge of nurses regarding the political arena. Nurses who attend universities offering DNP are more versed in politics because the DNP program emphasizes the importance that politics play in developing policy, and this is why DNP nurses will need to network and engage all stakeholders through diplomacy and advocacy. The key word is advocacy as DNP nurses must maintain their ability to advocate on behalf of patients.

    (b) Demonstrate leadership in the development and implementation ...

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