The purpose of the Issues Paper is to allow each student an opportunity to explore a specific health care policy issue, analyze how the healthcare policy affects social, economic, ethical, and political legal areas, and propose policy options and strategies to address the issue (Unit III objectives).
Read Chapters 7 & 8 in Mason, Leavitt, & Chaffee (2012). The sample paper in text is a guide. The sample provided will look different from yours as you have different grading criteria. From the sample paper, you cannot use the do nothing or incremental change options.
It will be important to select the issue as soon as possible to allow adequate time for literature review. You can use resources from the textbook, legislative bills, web-based materials, and current journals. When you write your paper, follow the grading guidelines. Each student is to submit a paper (no group work).
The paper should be carefully written in a formal style, adhere to the most recent APA guidelines, be based on primary sources, and provide an integration of ideas. Organized flow, logical progression of ideas, and clarity in thought are essential.
Paper should be 8-10 pages in length, excluding the title page, reference page, and appendix. Liberal number of references (minimum of 8 references). You must submit your paper to Turnitin.com prior to the due date and merge the originality report (not the receipt) at the end of the Issues paper.
Please note: Up to 20% of points will be deducted from grade for lack of scholarship.
You are clinical nurse scholars in the making. You are the advanced practice nurses and members of the highly literate profession of advanced practice nurses who will chart the future of health care. Good writing ability is as much a required skill for nursing in advanced practice as performing clinical functions. Therefore, precision and scholarship is expected in all assignments.
Organized and logical progression of idea; effort and attention to detail is evident; communicates effectively in all aspects of discussion. Correct grammar, spelling, and word choice. Liberal number of references. References are current. Appropriately paraphrased, and acknowledged. Correct use of APA. Correct title page use.
Grading Rubric: Issue Paper
Introductory paragraph (one paragraph). There must be a thesis statement that tells the reader purpose of paper and what will be discussed.
Problem Identification/Policy Problem
Background (local, state, regional and national perspectives with statistics, facts, figures, monetary issues)
*Social Factors (2 points) why is this a problem? who are those involved? how impacted?
*Economic Factors (2 points) how much does it cost? Use specific $, %. #, etc.
*Ethical Factors (2 points) be sure to address ethical principles being violated Cardinal bioethical principles are autonomy, distributive justice, nonmaleficence, and Code of Nursing information)
*Political and Legal Factors (2 points) What legislative action has already happened either at the state or national level? What was the impact? What do the different parties have to say about the issue? What is the impact of issue for both the legal and political arenas?
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