Healthcare Finance and Management

Nurs 602 Healthcare Finance and Management


Assignment #1: Literature Review


The volatility around U.S health care policy and effects on financial management requires that nurse leaders have the motivation and knowledge to independently evaluate the current national environment and determine its relevance at the local level. Because your fiscal responsibilities could involve any number of care delivery systems, this assignment is designed to encourage you to further explore a financial management concept of interest to you.


From your reading, identify a specific health care policy topic that affects health care delivery financing in your area of interest. Be sure to narrow down the topic you address. For example, if you want to consider Medicare’s Service Benefit Plan, you might select one of the prospective payment mechanisms listed in the chart in your text on p. 35.


Conduct a literature search on this topic and select 5-7 current (2014-2018), relevant, scholarly articles to review. Carefully review these articles and compare to the information you have learned from your assigned reading. Outline your paper as follows:


Financial Management Concept

Identify and briefly describe the financial management concept and your reason for selecting it.


Comparative Analysis

Write a comparative analysis of the articles by evaluating each and determining the current “state of the art” or what is collectively known and not known about the topic from the recent literature you have collected. Avoid simply reviewing each article and providing summaries although it is appropriate to summarize information within the context of your analysis. Rather, seek to understand what the corpus of literature indicates now and write about that in your own words highlighting main themes. Very few, if any, direct quotes from your references is preferable as this assignment seeks to encourage your critical review and comparative analysis of the articles.


Role Application

Finally, describe how you would apply what you have learned through this literature review to your current or anticipated nursing leadership role in the future. Identify what questions your review has raised that you would like to investigate further.


Because this is a shortened version of the standard Review of Literature, the paper should be 5-7 pages in length (not counting title page and reference section) and presented in APA format. Title page should include student name, the financial management concept reviewed, course title, semester, and professor’s name. The bulk of your paper should be in the Analysis section.


If you have not previously written a literature review or would like further in-depth information, the Virginia Commonwealth University has a clear, succinct and useful site including a literature review matrix you may find useful:

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