Continuing care: developing a policy analysis for nursing


Sian Maslin-Prothero Postgraduate Division of Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Nottingham, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham NG7 2UH, England.


Many authors have commented on the invisibility of nursing in policy development, implementation and analysis. Some of this invisibility may be attributed to the lack of an easily accessible framework to assist analysis of policy from a nursing perspective. In this paper we offer a framework for nursing policy analysis based on the domain concepts of nursing. We use continuing care for older people, a topical policy issue and fundamental nursing speciality, as a case study to demonstrate the utility and potential of such a framework in action. The resulting analysis helps identify areas of potential policy interest to nurses, raises questions for further policy analysis and offers a coherent position statement for action.