NUR 550 Topic 7: Policies Affecting Practice And State Of Health Care Delivery



  • Identify major policy issues affecting the state of health care delivery and population health
  • Analyze the components of effective population based health
  • Discuss the impact of population health policies and initiatives on advanced nursing

Study Materials

  • Advanced Practice Nursing: Essential Knowledge for the Profession Description: Read Chapter 9 in Advanced Practice Nursing: Essential Knowledge for the Profession.
  • Population Health: Creating a Culture of Wellness Description: Read Chapter 7 and review Chapter 10 in Population Health: Creating a Culture of Wellness.
  • Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare Description: Review Chapter 19 in Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare.
  • Health Policy and Health Services Delivery Description: Read “Health Policy and Health Services Delivery,” by Tullai-McGuinness and Reimer, from Encyclopedia of Nursing Research(2017).


Benchmark -Evidence-Based Practice Project: Literature Review


The purpose of this assignment is to write a review of the research articles you evaluated in your Topic 5

“Evidence-Based Practice Project: Evaluation of Literature” assignment. If you have been directed by your instructor to select different articles in order to meet the requirements for a literature review or to better support your evidence-based practice project proposal, complete this step prior to writing your review.

A literature review provides a concise comparison of the literature for the reader and explains how the research demonstrates support for your PICOT. You will use the literature review in this assignment in NUR-590, during which you will write a final paper detailing your evidence-based practice project proposal.

  • In a paper of 1,250-1,500, select eight of the ten articles you evaluated that demonstrate clear support for your evidence-based practice and complete the following for each article:
  • Introduction – Describe the clinical issue or problem you are addressing. Present your PICOT statement.
  • Search methods – Describe your search strategy and the criteria that you used in choosing and searching for your
  • Synthesis of the literature – For each article, write a paragraph discussing the main components (subjects, methods, key findings) and provide rationale for how the article supports your PICOT.
  • Comparison of articles – Compare the articles (similarities and differences, themes, methods, conclusions, limitations, controversies).
  • Suggestions for future research: Based on your analysis of the literature, discuss identified gaps and which areas require further research.
  • Conclusion – Provide a summary statement of what you found in the literature.
  • Complete the “APA Writing Checklist” to ensure that your paper adheres to APA style and formatting criteria and general guidelines for academic writing. Include the completed checklist as an appendix at the end of your

Refer to the “Evidence-Based Practice Project Proposal – Assignment Overview” document for an overview of the evidence-based practice project proposal assignments.

Benchmark Information

This benchmark assignment assesses the following programmatic competencies:

  • MBA-MSN; MSN-Nursing Education; MSN Acute Care Nurse
  • Practitioner-Adult-Gerontology; MSN Family Nurse Practitioner; MSN-Health Informatics;
  • MSN-Health Care Quality and Patient Safety; MSN-Leadership in Health Care Systems;
  • MSN-Public Health Nursing

3.2: Analyze appropriate research from databases and other information sources to improve health care practices and processes

Topic 7 DQ 1


Identify two major policy issues that affect the current state of health care delivery and population health equity in the United States (may be state or federal). What impact do these population health policies and initiatives have on advanced nursing practice?

Topic 7 DQ 2


Select an effective current health policy that focuses on or affects population health. What components of this policy make it effective? Conduct research on its history and the factors that influenced its development.

Topic 7 Participation