The focus of this course is the professional nurse's role in health care policy and finances within health care systems. The multi-faceted aspects of health care policy making and financing within today's ever-changing health care environment are explored. Risk management and quality care are integrated into the course. This course gives the student a financial understanding of the health care delivery system. Students are exposed to the political and legislative process within health care agencies and health care policy development at the state and federal levels. Ethical and legal issues in nursing and health care are explored.