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Aim:The aim was to understand how health policy education is currently being delivered in the United States’graduate nursing programs.

Methods:This exploratory cross‐sectional design used an anonymous online survey to target graduate nursing students attending American Association of College of Nursing (AACN) member institutions.

Results:Over 75% of the sample (n= 140) reported taking a dedicated health policy course and 71.5% (n= 131) of the sample responded that a health policy course was required and an equal distribution among master’s and doctoral students. There was no significant difference between type of graduate degree sought and the requirement to take a health policy course (P = 0.37). For students involved in health policy, there was a greater proportion of master’s students involved at the state level,than doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) or PhD students (P= 0.04).

Conclusions:Health policy and advocacy education are important aspects of graduatenursing curriculum and have been integrated into curricula. Graduate nursingstudents at all levels reported that health policy AACN Essential competencies arebeing included in their program, either as stand‐alone health policy courses orintegrated health policy learning activities during matriculation.


Nursing; Nursing Students; Nursing Education; Health Policy

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"This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: De Cordova, P., Steck, M. B., Vermeesch, A., Pierre, N., Ohlendorf, J., Rankin, A., Lawrence, S., & Derouin, A. (2018). Health Policy Engagement among Graduate Nursing Students in the United States. Nursing Forum, 1-6. doi: 10.1111/nuf.12295, which has been published in final form at [10.1111/nuf.12295]. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions."





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