Policy and Procedure Development











Welcome to the on-line tutorial for Policy and Procedure Development. The modules linked below are short, self-directed learning modules for you to learn more about Policies and Procedures, which are an integral part of a health care agency.

This program was originally presented by Brenda Dunn, RN, BSN, MPH, Nurse Consultant at the Women’s Health Regional Meeting in February, 2007.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review basic principles of policies and procedures
  • Describe the difference between an agency policy and program policy
  • Differentiate between a policy, a procedure, and a standing order
  • Discuss basic principles and tips for writing policies
  • Identify policy types, purpose, use, approval and review process

The program has been divided into 4 components.

Part 1: Overview and Purpose

Part 2: Policies versus Procedures

Part 3: Writing Tips

Part 4: Implementation and Revisions

Before proceeding, you will need to download the following handout. Download handout. You may click on the presentation tab on the left of this page to begin.

After viewing the 4 components, an assessment is available for proof of completion.

Authors: Brenda Dunn, RN, BSN, MPH, Women’s Health Nurse Consultant
Pat Ray, RN, BSN, MPH, Women’s Health Nurse Consultant

Editor and Presenter: Wendy Meares, RN, BSN, MSN Candidate

Reviewers: Pat Ray, RN, BSN, MPH, Brenda Dunn, RN, BSN, MPH, Sheila Cromer, RNC, MSPH, WHNP, April Privette, RN, BSN, M.Ed., Mary Glyn Rogers, M.A. Ed., Janet Place, MPH