Nursing

Nursing

Purpose

The purpose of this activity is to deepen learning through reflective inquiry. It will allow for expansion in self- awareness, identification of knowledge gaps, and assessment of learning goals.

Course outcomes: This assessment enables the student to meet the following course outcomes:

1. Assess the impact of informatics and information technology on organizational systems, change, and improvement. (PO6)

2. Use information technology to collect and analyze data to generate evidence-based nursing practice across healthcare settings. (PO7)

3. Design programs that monitor and evaluate outcomes of care, care systems, and quality improvement. (PO7)

4. Evaluate the types of healthcare information systems, knowledge-based systems, patient care technology, and the impact on patient safety, quality of care and outcome measurement. (PO7)

5. Appraise consumer health information sources for accuracy, timeliness, and appropriateness. (PO7)

6. Resolve ethical and legal issues related to the use of information, communication networks, and information and patient care technology. (PO6)

Due date: Sunday 11:59 p.m. MT at the end of Week 7. The Late Assignment Policy applies to this assignment.

Total points possible: 100 points

Preparing the assessment: Follow these guidelines when completing this assignment. Contact your course faculty if you have questions.

1. Write a brief 1-2 paragraph weekly reflection addressing the questions posed in the Reflect section of each weekly module. Edit your Reflection to include each weekly reflection.

2. Include the following sections in your Reflection.

Week 1

· As you assess your learning, provide one specific example of how you achieved the weekly objectives.

· What do you need to heighten your informatics competencies to positively impact patient safety, quality care, and complement your role as a DNP Scholar?

· What do you value the most about your learning this week?

Week 2

· As you assess your learning, provide one specific example of how you achieved the weekly objectives.

· How will you promote collaborative, inter-professional relationships in a rapidly transforming healthcare environment?

· What do you value most about your learning this week?

Week 3

· As you assess your learning, provide one specific example of how you achieved the weekly objectives.

· What new skills or competencies should you consider after the learning this week?

· What do you value most about your learning this week?

Week 4

· As you assess your learning, provide one specific example of how you achieved the weekly objectives.

· What concepts, theories, models, tools, techniques, and resources in this week had you not considered before?

· What do you value most about your learning this week?

Week 5

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· As you assess your learning, provide one specific example of how you achieved the weekly objectives.

· How might you use this week’s information to benefit your organization and staff in your future role as a DNP practice scholar?

· What do you value most about your learning this week?

Week 6

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· As you assess your learning, provide one specific example of how you achieved the weekly objectives.

· What skills do you need to implement the concepts learned this week and how will you develop them?

· What do you value most about your learning this week?

Week 7

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· As you assess your learning, provide one specific example of how you achieved the weekly objectives.

· What skills do you need to implement the concepts learned this week and how will you develop them?

· What do you value most about your learning this week?

3. Writing Organization and Mechanics

4. Grammar and mechanics are free of errors.

Rubric

Reflection on Learning

Reflection on Learning
Criteria Ratings Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWeek 1 Reflective Inquiry

Requirements: 1. Addresses all aspects of the weekly reflection 2. Assesses own learning 3. Assesses value of the learning experience

13 pts

Includes no fewer than 3 requirements for weekly reflection.

11 pts

Includes no fewer than 2 requirements for weekly reflection.

10 pts

Includes no fewer than 1 requirements for weekly reflection

0 pts

No requirements for this section presented.

 

13 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWeek 2 Reflective Inquiry

Requirements: 1. Addresses all aspects of the weekly reflection 2. Assesses own learning 3. Assesses value of the learning experience

13 pts

Includes no fewer than 3 requirements for weekly reflection.

11 pts

Includes no fewer than 2 requirements for weekly reflection.

10 pts

Includes no fewer than 1 requirements for weekly reflection

0 pts

No requirements for this section presented.

 

13 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWeek 3 Reflective Inquiry

Requirements: 1. Addresses all aspects of the weekly reflection 2. Assesses own learning 3. Assesses value of the learning experience

13 pts

Includes no fewer than 3 requirements for weekly reflection.

11 pts

Includes no fewer than 2 requirements for weekly reflection.

10 pts

Includes no fewer than 1 requirements for weekly reflection

0 pts

No requirements for this section presented.

 

13 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWeek 4 Reflective Inquiry

Requirements: 1. Addresses all aspects of the weekly reflection 2. Assesses own learning 3. Assesses value of the learning experience

13 pts

Includes no fewer than 3 requirements for weekly reflection.

11 pts

Includes no fewer than 2 requirements for weekly reflection.

10 pts

Includes no fewer than 1 requirements for weekly reflection

0 pts

No requirements for this section presented.

 

13 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWeek 5 Reflective Inquiry

Requirements: 1. Addresses all aspects of the weekly reflection 2. Assesses own learning 3. Assesses value of the learning experience

13 pts

Includes no fewer than 3 requirements for weekly reflection.

11 pts

Includes no fewer than 2 requirements for weekly reflection.

10 pts

Includes no fewer than 1 requirements for weekly reflection

0 pts

No requirements for this section presented.

 

13 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWeek 6 Reflective Inquiry

Requirements: 1. Addresses all aspects of the weekly reflection 2. Assesses own learning 3. Assesses value of the learning experience

13 pts

Includes no fewer than 3 requirements for weekly reflection.

11 pts

Includes no fewer than 2 requirements for weekly reflection.

10 pts

Includes no fewer than 1 requirements for weekly reflection

0 pts

No requirements for this section presented.

 

13 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWeek 7 Reflective Inquiry

Requirements: 1. Addresses all aspects of the weekly reflection 2. Assesses own learning 3. Assesses value of the learning experience

13 pts

Includes no fewer than 3 requirements for weekly reflection.

11 pts

Includes no fewer than 2 requirements for weekly reflection.

10 pts

Includes no fewer than 1 requirements for weekly reflection

0 pts

No requirements for this section presented.

 

13 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWriting Organization and Mechanics

Requirements: Grammar and mechanics are free of errors.

9 pts

Presents information using clear and concise language in an organized manner (0-1 errors in English grammar, spelling, syntax, and punctuation).

8 pts

Presents information using clear and concise language in an organized manner (2-3 errors in English grammar, spelling, syntax, and punctuation).

7 pts

Presents information using understandable language; information is not organized (3-4 errors in English grammar, spelling, syntax, and punctuation).

0 pts

Presents information that is not clear, logical, professional or organized to the point that the reader has difficulty understanding the post (5 or more errors in English grammar, spelling, syntax, and/or punctuation).

 

9 pts
Total Points: 100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 1

Healthcare Policy Advocate

DNP nurses can engage in political activities and champion patient and community issues in the national government through active participation in policymaking and politics. According to Giardino & Hickey (2020), DNP nurses engage in politics in various ways; voting, campaigns, contributing money towards political causes, writing a letter about the nursing issue for publication, wearing party souvenirs supporting a candidate for election, attending district meetings for nursing organizations, running for a political seat in the national politics or the organization. The following is the outcome of my engagement with community politics.

I am currently working in one of the community hospitals in Miami. There are 150 professional nurses, 20 interns, 80 subordinate staffs 100 interprofessional employees. My organization receives over 300 patients daily. It has a reputation for quality services and cares outcome. my community has been receiving many crime cases such as burglary, robbery, and violence. In the past five years, we have recorded more than 2000 of these cases. My organization has been working closely with the local authority and community members to help reduce these cases. Our concern as an organization is to address these issues. Our reports show that over 100 of these cases are happening at a specific point within a town centre in the community. Our analysis of the areas revealed that the area is poorly lit and has many jobless people. From our analysis, we decided to write a letter to the major recommending the addition of more lights in the area and creating employment opportunities for the large population of youths. We also recommended that more resources be distributed to the area since the area is marginalized.

To our surprise, the mayor never replied to our letter, and this made us organize a campaign against the mayor and oppose his bid in the next election. As an organization, we mobilized the community and informed them about the mayor’s failures in addressing the major issue that affected the community. In the concluded election, we decided to support another aspirant for the position with the objective that our problem was going to be addressed. Our candidate won the election and immediately responded to our claims by giving over 200 youth jobs, adding security in the areas, and putting on more lights.

Since the changes were made, the community has enjoyed peace, and the number of crime reported in the area has dropped significantly. The rate of joblessness has also reduced considerably. Today, the area is safe and peaceful than ever before. Our action towards the fight for change led to a significant improvement in the community’s living standards, security, and well-being.

The competency skills I developed from this incident include managing up, interpersonal influence, social astuteness and sincerity. From the incident, I have believed that I can engage the community in fighting for their right. The incident also made me believe that engaging in politics is one of the critical aspects of championing the community’s right and addressing social issues in the community (Grace, 2018). Despite having developed these skills, there is still a need to develop my networking ability. This political competency skill will help me build relationships and generate effective working relationships by garnering support, negotiating and managing conflict both in my organization and my patients and the community (Walton, 2017). It will also help me identify better ways of solving negation rather than using a political approach.

 

Tweet

DNANurse.

@DNAnurses

As NDP nurses, we need to check the list of top nursing issues before voting to help us identify and elect the right leaders who will address our issues and fulfill our political mandate.

 

 

References

Giardino, E. R., & Hickey, J. V. (2020). Doctor of nursing practice students’ perceptions of professional change through the DNP program. Journal of Professional Nursing36(6), 595-603.

Grace, P. (2018). Enhancing nurse moral agency: The leadership promise of doctor of nursing practice preparation. OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing23(1), 1.

Walton, K. R. (2017). Barriers to membership in a professional organization for advanced practice nurses.

 

 

Week 2

The conditions in which people are brought up, how they grow, the way they live, work, and age, which shape a person’s health, are referred to as social determinants of health. These determinants include socioeconomic status, level of education, neighborhood and physical environment, employment, social support networks, and access to healthcare. The social determinants of health have affected several people over the past few years. This has forced the government to address these determinants to improve patient’s health outcomes and reduce the disparities present in healthcare. The government and non-governmental organizations have taken several initiatives to address these social determinants. This essay explores one social determinant and the role that one can play to address this issue.

The social determinant which is impacting the quality of life and healthcare of a community is employment. People who have good-paying jobs have access to high-quality healthcare, which is vital for improving patient outcomes. Good paying jobs also make sure that people have access to better healthcare coverage instead of unemployed or poor paying jobs. Employment also makes it easier for American citizens to live in healthier neighborhoods, access education, secure child services and buy more nutritious goods (Artiga, 2018). Access to these things affects the health of individuals. A research carried out determined that unemployment has negative impacts on health outcomes. It also found out that people with better-paying jobs have a higher life expectancy (Magnan, 2017). Unemployed Americans have fair or poor health and normally have stress-related conditions such as cardiovascular diseases.

My perspective about the social determinant of health is that it should be addressed as soon as possible to ensure that all Americans have a better quality of life and healthcare. I think the United States government can better address this issue by creating job opportunities to ensure that every person is employed. There are several roles that I can play to address the issue of unemployment (Palmer et al., 2019). The role I could do is advocate for employers to establish benefit programs that address diverse population health needs that can comprehensively and effectively address the value of their workforce human capital. I would also advocate for the creation of job opportunities to ensure that every person has a job. I would also advocate for the government to cater for the medical expenses of the persons who do not have the financial capacity to pay for their medical coverage. Catering of medical costs can be achieved through the government setting up medical coverage for these persons.

Tweet

Social determinants such as employment are affecting the quality of life and healthcare of Americans. The U.S government should take action to address this issue.

There are several social determinants of health that affect the quality of life and healthcare. These social determinants include socioeconomic status, level of education, neighborhood and physical environment, employment, social support networks, and access to healthcare. The determinant which was addressed in this assignment is that employment. Good paying jobs also make sure that people have access to better healthcare coverage instead of unemployed or poor paying jobs where the majority of the unemployed have a short life expectancy. The role I would play to address this issue is advocating for the creation of job opportunities.

 

References

Artiga, S., & Hinton, E. (2018). Beyond Health Care: The Role of Social Determinants in Promoting Health and Health Equity. KFF. Retrieved 11 July 2021, from  https://www.kff.org/racial-equity-and-health-policy/issue-brief/beyond-health-care-the-role-of-social-determinants-in-promoting-health-and-health-equity/ (Links to an external site.) .

Palmer, R. C., Ismond, D., Rodriquez, E. J., & Kaufman, J. S. (2019). Social determinants of health: future directions for health disparities research

Magnan, S. (2017). Social determinants of health 101 for health care: five plus five. NAM Perspectives.

 

 

Week 3

Political Advocacy

​There are many problems that decision-makers experience. One of the problems that I was able to discuss with one of the decision-makers I met at the practicum was the burnout and nursing attrition characterized by their work. The policymaker said that burnout and attrition rates in nursing are significant issues that need to be addressed to promote holistic practice in clinical nursing. The policymaker proposed a need to develop new policies that can reduce burnout and attrition rates and increase mindfulness in nursing. My project will advocate for the need for the adoption of evolutionary concepts to explain the need for mindfulness in nursing rather than using Avant and Walker concepts. The use of evolutionary tools will ensure that there is change and transformations in nursing. It will also promote research and evidence-based practice in nursing to identify more advanced methods of improving mindfulness in nursing. The use of advanced analysis tools can provide more reliable, valid, and relevant data (Schock, 2020). My project can help address this problem by advocating for change in the policy regarding mindfulness by influencing DNP nurses to engage in research and develop advanced methods of addressing the issue of attrition and burnout in nursing by promoting mindfulness.

​My PICOT question is “How effective is the use of evolutionary concept compared to Avant and Walker’s concept analysis in explaining the need for mindfulness in nursing and its significance in reducing burnout and high attrition rates in nursing to enhance holistic practice in clinical nursing before the end of the year?”

​The science model that I am considering using as part of my project is the socio-cultural translation model. The socio-cultural translation model is the translation as an interaction of social activity with social content (McNulty, 2021). The socio-cultural model is one of the modern psychological theories that emphasize the interaction between the people and the community they reside in. The model fosters engagement, competency, and collegiality in the healthcare sector to ensure holistic nursing and patient-centered care outcomes. The model also aims at empowering nurse’s compassionate relationship with the sick, their families, and the society in which the care is given. The project advocates ensuring the wellbeing of nurses and how nurses can be empowered to minimize the challenges that they face in their workplaces, such as inadequate pay and unsafe working environment (Risku & Windhager, 2013). The model focuses on the relationship between the delineated care strategy and the proven care outcome.  Other components of this translation model include state-of-the-art technology, education and tools, and other resources to enable nurses to develop an evidence-based practice to understand factors that determine the level of compensation.

​My project’s priority is to advocate for the policy change on the use of conventional approaches to reduce attrition and burnout for nurses and introduce the use of evolutionary processes that will promote holistic practice in nursing and mitigate the challenges that the decision-makers are facing. My priorities will have support from practicum site decision-makers.

 

References

McNulty, D. S. (2021). Creating a Model for Mindfulness in Nursing Professional Development Using Concept Analysis. Journal for Nurses in Professional Development, 37(4), 200-205.

Risku, H., & Windhager, F. (2013). Extended translation: A sociocognitive research agenda. Target. International Journal of Translation Studies, 25(1), 33-45.

Schock, M. A. (2020). Supporting graduate nurses’ transition to practic

 

Week 4

Healthcare Initiative

One of the major health concerns in the united states of America is obesity. Obesity is a disorder where a person has excessive body fat, which increases the risk of other diseases in an individual, such as cardiovascular diseases. A person is normally compared obese if he has a body mass index of thirty or greater. This condition is a result of intake of more calories. A different organization is advocating for the implementation of several health initiatives to address this issue. The Treat and Reduce Obesity Act is one of the health initiatives that can help address this issue; therefore, it is important to discuss this initiative, including my thoughts.

The health initiative which is going to be discussed is the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act.  My thoughts on this healthcare plan are that it will benefit the country in addressing obesity.  It will benefit the country because obesity has become a major concern in the country. In the united states alone, 36.5% of the adults have obesity, and seventeen percent of the American children between the ages of two to nineteen are obese (Hales et al., 2017). If this legislation is not enacted, then the mortality rate resulting from obesity-related diseases will increase.

The tweet by Lisa McCormick gives information on the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act, which can help the American people to understand its importance. I support the legislation of this act because it will help reduce the number of people with obesity in the country. I support this act’s legislation because it will expand the medicare coverage to ensure that people with obesity can be offered treatment and screening from healthcare providers specializing in obesity care.  This healthcare initiative will also offer coverage for food and drug administration-approved medications, which can help manage chronic weight (“National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine,” 2018).  This legislation will also remove barriers that have prevented several healthcare professionals, such as registered dietitian nutritionists, from treating Americans with obesity. The removal of this barrier will allow a variety of qualified healthcare professionals to treat obesity through intensive behaviroural therapy and prescribe other medications that can help treat obesity.

TheTreat and Reduce Obesity Act I can move forward in the current political climate of the government due to several reasons. The first reason is that the obesity epidemic has become a major concern in the united states of America. This concern will force the united states government to implement measures to deal with this epidemic, and the Treat and Reduce Obesity act is one of the ways which the government can address this issue. The second reason is that the bill has gained seventy-seven co-sponsors who will help with the legislation of this bill to become a law (“Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2021”, 2021). This initiative also has the hope of going forward because obesity worsens the outcome from COVID-19.

Tweet

Congress should pass the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act to help address the obesity pandemic to help decrease mortality rates due to obesity-related disorders.

The obesity epidemic has become one of the united states’ major concerns over the past decade. The Treat and Reduce Obesity act is one of the health initiatives that can help address obesity. This legislation will expand the medicare coverage to ensure that people with obesity can be offered treatment and screening and remove the barriers that have prevented several healthcare professionals from treating American citizens suffering from obesity.

References

Hales, C. M., Carroll, M. D., Fryar, C. D., & Ogden, C. L. (2017). Prevalence of obesity among adults and youth: the United States, 2015–2016.

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. (2018). The Challenge of Treating Obesity and Overweight: Proceedings of a Workshop.

Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2021. Congress.gov. (2021). Retrieved 30 July 2021, from  https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/1577/cosponsors (Links to an external site.) .

 

Week 5

Affordable Care Policy and Obesity among Learners in Miami

There have been increasing cases of obesity in my community for the past five years. in my community, reports indicate that about 17 percent of teenagers are obese. Other reports have also shown that overweight and obesity cases are rising among teenagers in my community due to unhealthy eating habits, lack of exercise, and information on the best practices that can be adopted to prevent obesity issues (Cardel et al., 2020). In 2015, about 20,000 teenagers were diagnosed with obesity in my community. The number is reported to have increased due to the challenges imposed by covid-19, which have forced children to stay at home and discouraged physical exercise. Obesity is a health issue that continues to give nurses, psychiatrists, and human service organizations many problems. The efforts to prevent obesity in my community, such as motivational interviewing, educating parents on how to deal with unhealthy eating habits, encouraging physical exercise, and advocating for food products with low sugar content, have helped reduce the health issue (Kornet‐van der Aa et  al., 2017). The move to enroll students in lunch and breakfast programs has also helped regulate the sugar content of the food products given to learners.

The healthcare policy I would advocate for as a nurse to address obesity in my community is the registration of all learners in district schools under the Affordable Care to ensure that they get healthcare services on health issues such as obesity. Obesity is a chronic condition that affects many people, and research shows that medical intervention at an early stage can help reduce the effects and dominance (Partridge & Redfern, 2018). Enrolling learners in ACA will help them access regular health check-ups, which will help health workers to diagnose obesity conditions at early stages to help the child with proper intervention approaches that will reduce this condition. Universal healthcare is one of the programs that have enhanced the wellbeing of people, especially those with chronic conditions such as stroke, diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. Reports show that cases of health conditions like diabetes are currently declining because the majority of the people with these conditions have registered with Obamacare, which has made them receive high-quality care services, access care services at a reduced cost, and maintains regular medical check-ups (Sanyaolu et al., 2019). When teenagers in my community are registered with Obamacare, they will access medical services at a reduced cost and high-quality access services. Previous reports revealed that less than one-third of my community’s teenagers have universal health insurance programs (Partridge & Redfern, 2018). The analysis of this report showed that the poverty level in my neighborhood is high, and the unemployment rate is at a steady increase. These are some of the factors that have hindered many parents from affording universal care services.

The campaigns I will need to launch to gather a network of support include engaging schools administrations, parents, and the community. These are the primary stakeholders in schools and n the community. Obesity is a health issue that concerns all parents and educators. Their support to advocate for the registration of all learners in my community to universal care will help create awareness over the health condition. Their involvement in the campaign will make the local government understand the implications of the health condition and act immediately.

Tweet

Hello guys! Have you noticed that obesity is among the top healthcare issues in the United States? From the previous U.S Department of Health report, more than one-third of teenagers are suffering from obesity…Come on …there is something we can do collectively to prevent this problem. Have you ever realized that obesity is expected due to the lack of early diagnosis and access to healthcare services caused by high healthcare costs? Can we have a joint campaign to enroll all teenagers in the Affordable Care to ensure that all learners access universal care programs? I believe this idea will help reduce obesity among teenagers.

 

References

Cardel, M. I., Atkinson, M. A., Taveras, E. M., Holm, J. C., & Kelly, A. S. (2020). Obesity treatment among adolescents: a review of current evidence and future directions. JAMA pediatrics174(6), 609-617.

Kornet‐van der Aa, D. A., Altenburg, T. M., van Randeraad‐van der Zee, C. H., & Chinapaw, M. J. M. (2017). The effectiveness and promising strategies of obesity prevention and treatment programmes among adolescents from disadvantaged backgrounds: a systematic review. Obesity Reviews18(5), 581-593.

Partridge, S. R., & Redfern, J. (2018, September). Strategies to engage adolescents in digital health interventions for obesity prevention and management. In Healthcare (Vol. 6, No. 3, p. 70). Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute.

Sanyaolu, A., Okorie, C., Qi, X., Locke, J., & Rehman, S. (2019). Childhood and adolescent obesity in the United States: a public health concern. Global pediatric health6, 2333794X19891305.

 

Week 6

Political Functions of American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses plays the role of health policy advocacy. AACN has over 200 chapters that guide it in offering critical nursing care programs to nurses. Members of AACN have access to several courses as part of the AACN continuing education program (Hughes et al., 2019). The benefits of AACN include resume boosting, professional growth, networking opportunities, certification, and career acceleration. AACN works to improve public health policy on nursing education, research and practice.

Moreover, AACN works to establish quality standards influence the nursing profession to adjust healthcare, and enhance public support for professional nursing practice, research and education. AACN is a leader in acquiring sustained national support for nursing education and research (Munro & Hope, 2020). AACN also shapes the legislative and regulatory initiatives impacting nursing schools and ensures continued financial support to nursing students.

Legislative Initiatives supported by AACN.

Legislative initiatives supported by AACN

1. Supports Increased Investments in Nursing Education, Workforce, and Research

The AACN congratulated Congress for passing covid-19 relief efforts. The organization also praised Congress for increasing the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Program and National Institute of Nursing Research in Fiscal Year 2021. The organization assured the new U.S administration of their continued support and good working relations to fight against the covid-19 pandemic.

1. Supports the Future Advancement of Academic Nursing Act (S.4396/H.R.7945)

AACN members sent a letter to Congress and the Senate leadership expressing their support for the Future Advancement in Academic Nursing Act (S.4396/H.R.7945). The organization encouraged the inclusion of the Act in the following covid-19 legislative relief package.

3. AACN urged for the advancement of the U.S Cadet Corps Service Recognition Act

AACN wrote a letter to the Congress and the Senate leadership encouraging them to advance S.997/H.R. 2056. S.997/H.R. 2056 is a U.S Nurse Corps Serving Recognition Act 2019. The organization demanded that the S.997/H.R. 2056 be implemented to allow nurse corps to find fulfillment and accomplishment in their work (Rosa, Ferrell & Wiencek, 2020). The organization argued that this would result in a massive motivation for the nurse corps and develop passion in their work.

My position on the legislative initiatives

The claims that the organization puts forward in their advocacy and support to critical care nurses aim to promote the welfare of nurses and enhance care outcomes and ensure that the services issued by the organization are patient-centered and are aimed at transforming the nursing sector. The organization supported the increment in investments in nursing education, workforce, and research. This move aims to ensure that nurses get quality education and use innovative approaches and high technology in nursing. The support for an increase in investment in nursing education aims to eradicate errors and other nursing issues that come as a result of ignorance (Rosa, Ferrell & Wiencek, 2020). Also, the move to support the Future Advancement of Academic Nursing Act (S.4396/H.R.7945) shows that the organization is championing a policy change that will enhance service delivery and awareness in nursing practice. Finally, AACN urged for the advancement of the U.S Cadet Corps Service Recognition Act. This move shows that the organization is determined to ensure the welfare of nurses through championing their recognition.

 

References

Hughes, V., Pollitt, P., Coke, L. A., & D’Aoust, R. F. (2019). Advocacy: An essential competency of the clinical nurse specialist. AACN Advanced Critical Care30(4), 411–415. https://doi.org/10.4037/aacnacc2019569

Munro, C. L., & Hope, A. A. (2020). Empowering nurses in 2020, the year of the nurse. American Journal of Critical Care29(3), 165–167. https://doi.org/10.4037/ajcc2020234

Rosa, W. E., Ferrell, B. R., & Wiencek, C. (2020). Increasing critical care nurse engagement of palliative care during the covid-19 pandemic. Critical Care Nurse40(6). https://doi.org/10.4037/ccn2020946

 

Week 7

Community Health & the Global Burden of Disease

The health issues facing my community are conditions and emergency health threats ranging from heart diseases and depression and infectious diseases and violent injuries. The primary health issues in my community include Type 2 diabetes, obesity, and clinical depression. Reports show obesity is prevalent in my community. According to the previous U.S Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, the rate of obesity in Miami has skyrocketed, jumping from about 30 percent in 2015 and 40 percent in 2018. The report showed that obesity contributes to several health conditions such as cancer, stroke, diabetes, and heart disease. Clinical depression is another chronic mental health issue in my community. The American Psychiatric Association report showed that my community is leading with cases of clinical depression in Florida (Hunter et al., 2019). The CDC report revealed that of the 34 million U.S residents with diabetes, my community contributes to 12 percent of those with Type 2 diabetes. In my neighborhood, it is anticipated that one in five diabetes patients are not aware they have the disease.

The national initiatives for preventing Type 2 diabetes include public health programs such as regular screening, early diagnosis, and consuming nutrient-rich foods. Health screening is the currently highly promoted approach in my community to help prevent diabetes (Thornton et al., 2020). There is a campaign to ensure that senior adults receive an early diagnosis of diabetes. These strategies have reduced the number of people with obesity in my community.

The national initiatives for preventing obesity include educating residents about healthy eating, improving access to healthy foods, and facilitating affordable healthcare resources. These initiatives can offer positive solutions to diabetes in my community. There are reports that many people lack knowledge and information on the best practices and new approaches that can be used to reduce obesity, such as motivational interviewing. If fully implemented in my community, these initiatives can offer positive solutions to diabetes prevention in my community.

The national initiatives for preventing clinical depression include educating seniors, nursing home operators, medical professionals, and other community members on the sign of depression in older adults. Other initiatives include conducting mobile screenings at senior centers to identify at-risk individuals. These approaches can offer positive solutions to clinical depression in my community (Thornton et al., 2020). The significant challenge in my neighborhood is the lack of screening tools to help senior adults identify depression signs and enroll for early treatments.

The strategies I will use to engage policymakers in discussing these national initiatives to advocate for change include literature search and data collection, data synthesis and interpretation, knowledge dissemination and application, and conceptualization and design. These approaches are critical because they give evidence on the prevalence of health issues in my community (Murray et al., 2020). They also show the impacts of the health issues in my community.

Doctor Riley developed good congressional relations and also advocated for education funding. Riley was a visible advocate with policymakers despite the ED oppositions that he faced. Riley could have improved on the approaches and strategies she used to advocate for a change in the national initiatives. Her engagement strategies faced opposition because he did not collaborate and corporate well with the congressmen.

In conclusion, this paper has analyzed obesity, clinical depression, and diabetes as significant health issues in my community. The strategies that this paper has identified to be effective in engaging the policymakers to advocate for change in the initiatives include the use of literature search and data collection, data synthesis and interpretation, knowledge dissemination and application, and conceptualization and design. These strategies provide evidence on the prevalence of these issues and the resources or changes that should be adopted to prevent the prevalence of these issues in my community.

 

 

References

Hunter, J. C., DeVellis, B. M., Jordan, J. M., Kirkman, M. S., Linnan, L. A., Rini, C., & Fisher, E. B. (2018). The association of depression and diabetes across methods, measures, and study contexts. Clinical diabetes and endocrinology4(1), 1-8.

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