Policy Review Essay

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Introduction
A policy is defined as a definite course or method of action selected from among alternatives and in light of given conditions to guide and determine present and future decisions (Miriam Webster, para. 1). Policies are used in acute settings as operational tools that give support and direction to staff, patients and the public (Collins & Patel, 2009, p.42). In nursing practice, it is important to understand these different policies as they influence our nursing practice every day. Ballarat Health Services (2011) developed a policy to provide a guideline on storage, transport and checking procedures for expressed breast milk in the scope of maternity and pediatric units (p.1). In the following paper a critique of the policy will
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For the policy to enhance the amount of support it receives from evidence, it would be highly recommended that the policy refers to sources that are concurrent with recent research and that are accessible for proper analysis of the policy. The six other sources that were listed in the references, provided sufficient support to the policy. Two of these references will be discussed in the following paragraphs.
One of the sources listed was one from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is a U.S. federal agency that works to protect public health by providing communities with the necessary tools and information essential to protecting health (US Legal Definitions, 2013, para.1). The CDC refers to an outside website for its policy, which brings the readers to a protocol by the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (2004). Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (2004) refers to about eleven other scholarly articles that were written about breast milk. The articles range from being published from 1983 to 2001. One of the sources done by Olowe, Ahmed, Lawal, & Ransome-Kuti, S. (1987), was a structured longitudinal study done on the…