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Using Problem-Based Learning to Teach Health Policy at the DNP Level

Hayne, Arlene N. PhD, RN; Schlosser, Sharron P. PhD, RN, CNE

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000033
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Nursing education recognizes the importance of graduate nurses understanding their roles as advocates, developers, implementers, and evaluators of health policies to impact the delivery of safe, patient-centered care. This article describes the use of problem-based learning as one approach to DNP health policy education. Students select a health problem and an associated health policy and use evidence-based practice, scholarly writing, and health services research to analyze the policy for efficiency, effectiveness, and equity.

Author Affiliation: Professors, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Hayne, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Samford University, 800 Lakeshore Dr, Birmingham, AL 35226 (

Accepted for publication: February 10, 2014

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