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Health policy nurse in USA

Health Policy Nurse (HPN) develops, implements, reforms and improves the guidelines and policies of both private and public health policies after analyzing. They work closely with policy makers and advocacy organizations.


  • HPN serve their communities through checking the policies the patients have to apply. if required they will reform the policy to enhance the policies and implement them accordingly
  • They help in lowering financial costs.
  • HPN helps the institutions to adapt to new or change of laws and healthcare guidelines. They determine the impact on healthcare or public health through analyzing the policy and law changes
  • HPN reviews proposed public health and healthcare policy changes of federal, local and state
  • Advocating patients for specific policies
  • Organizing and collaborating with policymakers and stakeholders
  • HPN advise alterations in procedure to enhance healthcare
  • They promote community and individual healthcare

Health Policy Nurses Work Places

Nurses do need clarifications about where does Health Policy Nurses Work?

  • Health Policy Nurse common work places are listed below:
  • Government agencies
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Healthcare providers
  • Research organizations
  • Public health institutions
  • Elected offices
  • Advocacy firms
  • Legislative firms
  • Healthcare services
  • State, federal and local branch offices

Health policy nurse usually involves in desk work, they won’t directly take care of patients in healthcare institutions.

How to become a Health Policy Nurse?

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree is required as basic requirement. Completing Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) will be strongly preferred.
  • Nurse has to pass National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) examination and has to receive NCLEX-RN license which is mandatory
  • Hands-on experience in clinical nursing is must
  • Knowledge about existing healthcare policies and guidelines
  • Nurse can complete any or all of the following certifications
  • Certified in Public Health (CPH)
  • Certified Public Health Administrator (CPHA)
  • National Healthcare Disaster Certification
  • Advanced Public Health Nursing Board Certification (PHNA-BC)
  • Graduate Certificate in Health Policy

How much do Health Policy Nurses Make?

Salaries of Health Policy Nurses –

The average annual salary for a health policy nurse is $63,800.

The average annual salary with MSN is $120,000

The average annual salary for experienced Registered Nurse in Health Policy is $73,800

How long does it take to become a Health Policy Nurse?

It will take 4 years for the nurse to finish BSN and 4+ years of experience in clinical nursing to take Health Policy Nurse Job.

Mostly MSN nurses are preferred for Health Policy Nurse and it will take 6 years to complete MSN degree.

The Health Policy Nurse requires being diplomatic to deal with politics and partisanship issues and to collaborate with many variety of partners.

Health policy nurse should foresight upcoming changes in policies in healthcare.

Health policy nurse should help in reform and shape the healthcare policies and guidelines with continuous collaboration and communication with the policy makers and the institutions and government officials.


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