I am replying to my peer’s post on policy and practice issues


FORUMWeek 15 Discussion 1: Policy and Practice IssuesCompletion requirements Done: Make forum posts: 1Value: 100 pointsDue: Create your initial post by Day 4, and reply to at least two of your peers by Day 7.Grading Category: DiscussionsNote: In this type of discussion, you will not see the responses of your classmates until after you have posted your own response to the following question.Initial PostIdentify one policy issue related to barriers to accessing psychiatric and mental health care that is currently being addressed by your national professional organization and discuss how NPs can become policy-aware, as well as act as patient advocates.Attach a policy white paper to support your statement.RepliesReply to at least two of your peers. In your reply posts, identify a related barrier in access to care that has not been addressed or that you have experienced in your clinical settings.Please refer to the Grading Rubric for details on how this activity will be graded.The described expectations meet the passing level of 80%. You are directed to review the Discussion Grading Rubric for criteria which exceed expectations.Re: Week 15 Discussion 1: Policy and Practice Issues This is my peer’s postby Katarina Robeniol – Monday, 4 December 2023, 7:59 AM     In researching policies, I encountered the Improving Care and Access to Nurses Act (or I CAN Act). This act addresses efforts to ensure that patients have access to high-quality care from our advance practice nurses, no matter what insurance they have (American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 2023). This includes those that are covered under Medicare and Medicaid. This is important considering 40% of those under Medicare receive services delivered by nurse practitioners (American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 2023). This act strives to remove barriers to accessing care via various means. Examples include authorizing nurse practitioners to order tests, certify certain illnesses for treatments, and perform all required exams needed in skilled facilities (American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 2023). This act is supported by more than 235 health care organizations which include American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (Volpe, 2023).     Nurse practitioners must become more policy-aware because regulations have an impact on our scope of practice and are often moderated differently across various states. We should advocate for our practice so that improved access especially in rural and underserved populations are more easily achieved. There is ample evidence that proves expanded NP practice regulations improves care quality across a wider population, which only further emphasizes the importance for us to advocate and rally policy makers (especially in more restrictive states) in granting greater independence for APRNs (Yang et al., 2020).     Being a part of nursing organizations are also a great way for promoting and protecting the role of the nurse practitioner (Goolsby & DuBois, 2017). NP organizations according to our specific specialty are great ways to participate in identifying and developing health policies. Organizations can provide position statements and help educate its members to take a stand on certain practice areas (Goolsby & DuBois, 2017). Organizations also help provide members with ways to connect and reach out to policy makers as well as form political action committees to back certain issues (Goolsby & DuBois, 2017).Letter regarding ICAN Act can be found here: Psychiatric Nurses Association. (2023). APNA Advocacy. Retrieved on December 1, 2023, from, M. J., & DuBois, J. C. (2017). Professional organization membership: Advancing the nurse practitioner role. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 29(8), 434-440. doi: 10.1002/2327-6924.12483Volpe, K. D. (2023, July 25). ICAN Act supported by more than 235 health care organizations. Retrieved on December 1, 2023, from\ I need a policy white paper link