Why did you select the health or nursing profession policy issue?
Develop and thoroughly analyze a public policy in order to advocate for one that improves the health of the public and/or the nursing profession globally (local, state, national, or international). To do this, you will reflect on several aspects of being a policy maker within the nursing position. A few things to consider are:
• Why did you select the health or nursing profession policy issue?
• How does this issue affect nursing practice, healthcare delivery, and health outcomes for individual, families, and/or communities?
• What are the values and the ethical positions that underpin your perspectives?
• What are the criteria you will use to evaluate the success (outcomes) of your proposed policy change?
By using both a top-down and a bottom-up approach, you will analyze and bring the nursing perspective to policy makers and stakeholders. Identifying the values and ethical perspectives that underpin your position, you will develop criteria to evaluate the success of your work. This will lead to a created a policy brief that can be sent to decision makers and created a plan to work with an organization/community to promote policy change at the local level.
A. Prepare your reflection essay (suggested length of no more than of 3 pages) of the values and ethics of a public policy issue by doing the following:
1. Analyze a health or nursing profession public policy issue that impacts a group
of people and requires a policy change.
a) Discuss why you selected this public policy issue. – This section serves as a brief introduction to the paper. Describe the problem that you are trying to solve. Then clearly stat your policy idea in a single sentence (policy change making Naloxone (Narcan) readily available to public to help to prevent opioid overdoses.) State why it is a problem for the community, state, or nation.
b) Discuss the relevance of the public policy issue to the health or the nursing profession, using two pieces of academically appropriate literature from the last five years. – In a few paragraphs (2-4), write about why this issue should be addressed as a public policy.
c) Describe the financial impact of the public policy on an organization or on a community. You may discuss what types of things would cost money (and time and effort) and then discuss the positive impact the policy would have on health.
1. Analyze how your values impact your position on the public policy issue. Discuss how your personal/professional values relate to this policy idea. (personal perspective).
a) Discuss the ethical principle (e.g., autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, justice) or theory that underpins your perspective. Describe how this issue impacts nursing and/or on patient outcomes. Analyze the issue and provide rationale for why this is an important issue. There is a link to a handout from the ANA, which identifies and defines nursing Ethical Principles. Pick one from this list and describe how that nursing ethical principle could apply to proposed policy.
B. Develop a policy brief (suggested length of no more than 6 pages) for the public
policy issue discussed in part A in which you do the following:
1. Identify the decision maker (name and title) who will receive the policy brief.
a) Explain why the public policy issue requires the decision maker’s attention using at least 2 relevant nursing research from the last five years to support your position. In a paragraph, briefly summarize why this policy is important (summarize the main points from Part A). Then, in a sentence or two, explain why you selected your decision maker should be.
2. Discuss the main challenges of addressing the selected public policy issue. Discuss some of the challenges you think the decision maker may face in trying to get the bill passed into law (or made into a “mandated” policy). These are often objections raised by lobbyists, groups, and members of the public who are opposed to the policy.
3. Discuss the primary options and/or interventions for the decision maker, including why they are tangible. What choices/ options does the Decision Maker have when they hear the proposal> Try to identify 3 options. The first option is to do nothing. The d