The IOM Future of Nursing report calls for an increase in leadership from nurses at all levels. One way nurses demonstrate their role as a leader, is through public policy change. A leader does not always carry an official title or position, but demonstrates leadership through the work and the stance the leader takes to make a change for the good of others. Nurses have been noted by the Gallop poll year after year as the most trusted professionals.
This assignment requires thought about a public policy that is needed or needs to be changed that relates to nursing, health care, or the public. Policy changes can occur by working with members of your legislature, and state or national nurses associations, to introduce a new bill and/or change to a current law in your state or federal government.
Examples of public policy includes any component of the current legislation governing health care, Medicare Part D, Medicaid, nursing regulation, medication technicians, etc.
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In 750-1,000 words, propose a health policy change (that is currently a bill, a law, or may not exist at all) at the state or federal level that you believe needs to change and why.
- The policy must not be a clinical care policy for individual care. The policy involved may include public or community health, legislative or regulatory, professional organization (nursing-oriented), advanced nursing practice, health plan, or hospital plan.
- Include a specific section for the exact wording for the bill or change in wording of the law.
- Include the plan for the implementation of your policy development, to lobbying for passage, to next steps after passage.
- Discuss who would be the champion for the bill/law change from your state advocates (legislators, federal legislators, local or national state nursing organizations). Are these individuals also influential in making changes occur? Did you vote for the individual in office that you want to help you make this change?
- Review different pieces of legislation for ideas on wording.
- Visit your state’s legislative governmental affairs website site to understand the process your policy change could take if you wanted to introduce to into legislation.
Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.
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|Benchmark Assignment – Nursing Leadership Health Policy Paper |
Less than Satisfactory
100.00%75.0 %Content10.0 %Rationale/purpose/overall presentation addresses an analysis of a public policy. Description of a health policy change (that is currently a bill, a law, or may not exist at all) at the state or federal level that student believes needs to be changed and why.Rationale/purpose lacks any discernible overall purpose or organizing claim, and does not adequately address the policy process that is actually conducted for a public health policy. Rationale for topic selection, purpose, and objectives of presentation is not described. Ideas are not focused.Rationale/purpose is insufficiently developed and/or vague; purpose is not clear. Rationale for topic selection, purpose, and objectives of presentation is minimally delineated.Rationale/purpose is appropriate. Rationale for topic selection, purpose, and objectives of presentation is partially delineated.Rationale/purpose is clear, descriptive, and reflective of the arguments and appropriate to the purpose. There are few inconsistenciesRationale/purpose is comprehensive, supports the purpose of policy process that is actually conducted for a public health policy, and clearly shows logical progression of how development took place. Purpose and objectives of presentation are clearly delineated. At least three learner objectives are stated in behavioral terms.20.0 %Paper includes a specific section for the exact wording for the bill or change in wording of the law.Paper lacks the ability to communicate wording for the proposed health policy change.Paper insufficiently addresses the wording for the proposed health policy change.Paper appropriately addresses the wording for the proposed health policy change.Paper is clear and successfully addresses the wording for the proposed health policy change.Paper completely addresses the beginning wording for the proposed health policy change.15.0 %Presentation of the legislative process for state to propose new legislation.Paper lacks the ability to communicate the process.Paper insufficiently addresses the legislative process.Paper is appropriate. Minimal information is presented on the legislative process.Paper is clear and presents substantial information on the legislative process.Paper completely addresses the key legislative process.15.0 %Paper implementation plan including who would be the champion for the bill/law change from state legislators/federal legislators/local or national state nursing organizations. Are these individuals also influential in making changes occur?Paper lacks the ability to communicate the implementation plan.Paper insufficiently addresses the implementation plan.Paper is appropriate. Minimal information is presented in the implementation plan.Paper is clear and presents substantial information addressing the implementation plan.Paper completely addresses the implementation plan Presentation is specific and easily understood.15.0 %StylePaper lacks unity and coherence. No connections are apparent between slides. Transitions are inappropriate to purpose and scope. Organization is disjointed.Some paragraphs may lack logical progression of ideas, unity, coherence, and/or cohesiveness. Some degree of organization is evident.The paper is generally competent, but ideas may show some inconsistency in organization and/or in their relationships to each other.A logical progression of ideas between the paragraphs is apparent. The paper exhibits a unity, coherence, and cohesiveness.There is a sophisticated construction of the presentation paper. Ideas universally progress and relate to each other.10.0 %Organization and Effectiveness5.0 %Mechanics of Writing (includes spelling, punctuation, and grammar)Paper errors are pervasive enough that they impede communication of meaning.Frequent and repetitive mechanical errors that distract the reader.Some mechanical errors or typos are present, but are not overly distracting to the reader.Prose is largely free of mechanical errors, although a few may be present. The writer uses a variety of effective sentence structures and figures of speech.Writer is clearly in control of standard, written American English.10.0 %Organization and Effectiveness5.0 %Language Use and Audience Awareness (includes sentence construction, word choice, etc.)Inappropriate word choice, lack of variety in language use. Writer appears to be unaware of audience. Use of ?primer prose? indicates writer either does not apply figures of speech or uses them inappropriately.Some distracting inconsistencies in language choice (register) and/or word choice are present. The writer exhibits some lack of control in using figures of speech appropriately.Language is appropriate to the targeted audience for the most part.The writer is clearly aware of audience; uses a variety of appropriate vocabulary for the target audience, and uses figures of speech to communicate clearly.The writer uses a variety of sentence constructions, figures of speech, and word choice in unique and creative ways that are appropriate to purpose, discipline, and scope.15.0 %APA and Documentation15.0 %valuating and Documenting Sources (includes use of appropriate style, correct citation format in-text and in Reference section related to APA format)Paper has no title page, no References section, and no correctly cited references within the body of the paper and no reference page. APA format not used.Title page is incomplete or inaccurate. References section includes sources, but many citation errors. Citations within the body of the paper are included, but with many citation errors including major issues on References section.Title page has major errors. References section includes sources, but they are not consistently cited correctly. Citations are included within the body of the paper, but References section includes with major errors.Title page has minor errors. References section includes sources, but they are not consistently cited correctly. Citations are included within the body of the paper, but with some citation errors. References section is mostly free of errors.Title page is complete. References section includes correctly cited sources. Citations within the body of the paper and in the Reference section are included and correctly cited.