Discussion: Nursing Advocacy

Discussion: Nursing Advocacy


Assignment Instructions

Contact legislator, professional organization, and/or attend a community meeting to support a public health or safety issue

Advocacy assignment-

Research and select a health issue or nurse advocacy issue. (For example, the opioid epidemic – local, state, or national, barriers to advanced nursing practice …) Then choose between one of the following three options.

Option 1

This option involves contacting your federal or state legislative representative. Based on your assessment of healthcare/nurse advocacy issue, decide on the questions you would like to ask your legislator.

Contact the office of your state or federal Congressional representative (your choice). You can use email or phone to initiate this conversation. If you live in or near your state’s capitol city, you can even go to the Capitol and make personal contact. If your legislature is in session, you may even have the opportunity to sit in on a session, especially if a healthcare bill is being discussed.

If possible, make an appointment to speak to the legislator directly. Most of them are happy to talk with constituents if their schedule allows it. If you can’t arrange that, ask to speak with one of the staff members, who are also very helpful and knowledgeable. The purpose of your conversation will be to determine their position on healthcare issues in the country or your state. Be sure to include the name of the person to whom you spoke, and whom they represent if you did not speak to the legislator directly.

The links below will assist you in contacting your Congressional representatives.



http://www.congressmerge.com/onlinedb/ This site has good link for tips on communicating with your Congressman

http://www.ncsl.org/?tabid=17173 Individual State legislature information and links. Need to allow pop-ups.

Option 2

Based on your assessment of healthcare/advocacy issues, research the agendas of local community meetings of your choice, such as a school board or city council. This option may only work if there is a pertinent agenda item or if the timing is correct in relation to your course. Consider the issues you would like to learn more about at this meeting and how you might like to see them addressed. Then, attend the meeting.

Option 3

Identify an advocacy issue/ health initiative important to a professional nursing organization. (Note – you don’t have to be a member of the organization to explore this option).

The nursing organization can be national (e.g. ANA), state, or local. The national organization for your practice specialty is also a good source (e.g. AORN, AACN, AWHONN etc …).

Follow the guidelines for Option 1 (except that you will be contacting someone associated with the health/advocacy issue as opposed to an elected representative).


 Step 3: Your paper should be written in a scholarly format (e.g. title page and correct APA) and should include the following elements:

  • 1-2 pages outlining the advocacy/health initiative issue and introduce your geographic area.
  • Resources that were used in your research
  • The option you selected and your reason for selecting that option, then:

Option 1 and 3

write 2-3 pages about your experience. Include at a minimum, the following elements in your paper:

  • What questions did you prepare to ask?
  • Describe any barriers you encountered in arranging this meeting.
  • Discuss the actual conversation and what you learned about your representative’s position on the healthcare issues?
  • What did you learn from this experience? If you could meet with him/her again, are there additional questions that you wish you could have asked?


Option 2

write 2-3 pages about your experience. Include at a minimum, the following elements in your paper:

  • Were there items on the agenda that related to community health and safety? Describe these issues and the action(s) that were proposed or taken.
  • Consider the advance research that you did in preparation for this assignment. Did any of the items on the meeting agenda validate your research? If so, please explain.
  • Did you discover another health or safety issue that you were previously unaware of? If so, please describe.
  • What are the mechanisms by which a nurse could become involved or influence the decisions made by the board or council that you attended?
  • What did you learn from this experience?


You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.


Discussion Questions (DQ)

Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, include a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words.
Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source.
One or two sentence responses, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.
I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.

Weekly Participation

Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.
In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).
Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.

APA Format and Writing Quality

Familiarize yourself with APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required).
Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.
I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.

Use of Direct Quotes

I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’ level and deduct points accordingly.
As Masters’ level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.
It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.

LopesWrite Policy

For assignments that need to be submitted to LopesWrite, please be sure you have received your report and Similarity Index (SI) percentage BEFORE you do a “final submit” to me.
Once you have received your report, please review it. This report will show you grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that can easily be fixed. Take the extra few minutes to review instead of getting counted off for these mistakes.
Review your similarities. Did you forget to cite something? Did you not paraphrase well enough? Is your paper made up of someone else’s thoughts more than your own?
Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for tips on improving your paper and SI score.

Late Policy

The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.
Please communicate with me if you anticipate having to submit an assignment late. I am happy to be flexible, with advance notice. We may be able to work out an extension based on extenuating circumstances.
If you do not communicate with me before submitting an assignment late, the GCU late policy will be in effect.
I do not accept assignments that are two or more weeks late unless we have worked out an extension.
As per policy, no assignments are accepted after the last day of class. Any assignment submitted after midnight on the last day of class will not be accepted for grading.


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Discussion: Nursing Advocacy