Analyze U.S. healthcare policy structures and the role of the nursing leader as a change agent at the public policy table. Directions You will decide on a policy issue that needs to be addressed. You may choose a policy issue that interests you. Below are suggested topics for proposed policy change, however if you wish to address another topic please contact your instructor for approval: • Treatment of veterans after deployment and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). • Cost of end of life care. • Costs of drugs in the United States as compared to other countries. • Quarantine of health care workers that have been exposed to communicable diseases. • Medical care for illegal immigrants. • Right to die with euthanasia methods. • Disclosure of medical records of pilots and other safety sensitive professionals and HIPAA violations. • Restrictions of roles of nurse practitioners and advanced practice nurses in certain states. • Health care reform. • Requirements of meaningful use to meet core measures. • ICD-10 issues. • Entry into practice issues. • Mandatory vaccination of children. • Allowing nurses educated in other countries to practice in the United States. • Faculty shortages in U.S. nursing education programs. You will write a letter using professional business format to one of your Federal legislators outlining what the issue is and why it is important. The letter will address: • The current policy structure. • The need for the change. • The suggested change. • Cost implications if the change is implemented. • The role the nurse as a change agent will take at the policy table.