Issues and Trends in Nursing: Essential Knowledge for Today and Tomorrow
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Reflective Case Studies

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A nurse works in community health in a very large neighborhood of mostly African Americans and Hispanics. The socioeconomic level is low, with most people eligible for or covered by Medicaid and Medicare.

The nurse is concerned about the level of care that community members' children receive. Clinic services are inadequate, and the clinics that are available are open during hours that are often difficult for working parents. The teens in the area are involved in a lot of drug activity and have little to do after school. The community has one urban high school, one middle school, and one elementary school. There are two small daycare centers for preschool run by the city.

The nurse is motivated to tackle some of these problems, but she is not sure how to go about it.


1:  Do these problems have health policy relevance? Why or why not?

2:  What steps do you think the nurse should take in light of what you have learned about health policy in this chapter? Be specific regarding stakeholders, strategies, and political issues to consider.

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