|Agency||Agency Description, Level, Scope, and Role||Relevance to APRN/DNP Graduate||Relevance to Specialty Area of Practice|
|Food and Drug Administration (FDA)||FDA is a federal agency of the Department of Health and Human Services. The agency has a broad scope of work whereby it regulates foods, drugs, biologics, medical devices, electronic products, veterinary products, cosmetics, and tobacco products (Thind & Kowey, 2020). The role of the FDA is to protect the public health by ensuring the safety of the above products.||FDA is relevant to the APRN because it ensures the safety of medication and devices used for treatment. The agency also advances public health by accelerating innovation that can be used to improve the quality of healthcare (Thind & Kowey, 2020).||Mental health practice can greatly benefit from innovation in psychotropic medication. The FDA is important because it approves new drugs for the treatment of mental disorders.|
|Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)||OSHA is a federal organization of the Department of Labor. Created in 1971, the organization ensures that workers are safe and healthy. OSHA enforces workplace laws and standards and provides training, education, and outreach services (Michaels & Wagner, 2020).||Ascertaining whether regulations and standards of practice apply to various settings is the responsibility of OSHA. The organization provides essential training to healthcare providers to ensure adherence to rules and regulations to improve quality (Michaels & Wagner, 2020). APRNs work to ensure safe working conditions and the prevention of health hazards. The organization ensures APRNs have assistance when conducting research outside the worksite, but within the scope of the employer’s request.||OSHA is responsible for discovering potential causes of workplace injuries, fatalities, and diseases (Michaels & Wagner, 2020). APRNs are also concerned with ensuring the workplace environment is risk-free. For example, it is the responsibility of the mental health nurse practitioner to ensure issues like stigma, harassment, and discrimination are avoided. Identifying specific hazards that may lead to harm, especially for patients with mania is crucial to ensure compliance with OSHA standards.|
|Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)||AHRQ is a federal agency of the Department of Health and Human Services. The agency serves to conduct and support research in healthcare through its activities in academic institutions, hospitals, and physician offices (Henriksen et al., 2017). The role of AHRQ is to advance in healthcare by producing evidence that can increase safety and quality while ensuring accessible, equitable, and affordable care.||The agency is relevant to APRNs because it provides them with materials and guidance how to conduct research. The agency also provides data to track changes in healthcare and guidelines to implement evidence-based practices (Henriksen et al., 2017). Graduate APRNs will be required to review various AHRQ guidelines for preventing diseases to effectively deliver quality care.||Mental health nurses rely on AHRQ guidelines to conduct scientific research and implement evidence-based practices. The agency provides these practitioners with tools for screening and treatment of patients (Henriksen et al., 2017). Data from AHRQ is used to quantify mental health conditions and funding provided for behavioral research is observed to improve quality outcomes.|
|Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)||CMS is a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This agency administers the country’s major health programs including Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP (Subhan, 2021). The role of CMS is to strengthen the nation’s healthcare system and provide access to services at lower costs.||CMS ensures that APRNs understand how the concept of cost affects healthcare delivery and how it can be improved. Through data analysis and the production of research reports, the CMS eliminates instances of fraud within the healthcare system (Subhan, 2021).||It is critical that behavioral health is improved through access to services. CMS ensures that mental health conditions are covered with Medicaid, Medicare, and CHIP programs. Additionally, the agency ensures that medications for psychiatric patients are easily available to reduce out-of-pocket costs for patients.|
|US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)||EPA is an independent executive agency of the US federal government. EPA has a wide scope and it deals with the regulation of manufacturing, processing, distribution, and use of chemicals and other pollutants (McCarthy & Burke, 2017). The key role of EPA is to deal with environmental protection through maintaining and enforcing environmental laws.||As a public health agency, EPA serves to protect people from harmful medical wastes (McCarthy & Burke, 2017). Its regulations ensure that APRNs adhere to safety standards and waste disposal. For example, EPA ensured healthcare providers properly segregate wastes and continuously improve hazardous waste management.||EPA ensures the safety of mental health practices by keeping the environment safe for healing. For example, sound pollution control ensures patients have ample time for recovery. The control of air pollution minimizes the risk for associated conditions like asthma, anxiety, depression, and dementia (McCarthy & Burke, 2017). Through its standards of waste disposal, the agency maintains the safety of psychiatric patients and healthcare providers.|
Henriksen, K., Dymek, C., Harrison, M. I., Brady, P. J., & Arnold, S. B. (2017). Challenges and opportunities from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) research summit on improving diagnosis: A proceedings review. Diagnosis (Berlin, Germany), 4(2), 57–66. https://doi.org/10.1515/dx-2017-0016
McCarthy, G., & Burke, T. A. (2017). We need a strong environmental protection agency: It’s about public health!. American Journal of Public Health, 107(5), 649–651. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2017.303728
Michaels, D., & Wagner, G. R. (2020). Occupational safety and health administration (osha) and worker safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. JAMA, 324(14), 1389–1390. https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2020.16343
Subhan, A. (2021). Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Journal of Clinical Engineering, 46(4), 152-153.
Thind, M., & Kowey, P. R. (2020). The role of the Food and Drug Administration in drug development: On the subject of proarrhythmia risk. The Journal of Innovations in Cardiac Rhythm Management, 11(1), 3958–3967.
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