NURS 6050 Week 8 Assignment: Advocating for the Nursing Role in Program Design and Implementation

As their names imply, the honeyguide bird and the honey badger both share an affinity for honey. Honeyguide birds specialize in finding beehives but struggle to access the honey within. Honey badgers are well-equipped to raid beehives but cannot always find them. However, these two honey-loving species have learned to collaborate on an effective means to meet their objectives. The honeyguide bird guides honey badgers to newly discovered hives. Once the honey badger has ransacked the hive, the honey guide bird safely enters to enjoy the leftover honey.

Much like honeyguide birds and honey badgers, nurses and health professionals from other specialty areas can—and should—collaborate to design effective programs. Nurses bring specialties to the table that make them natural partners to professionals with different specialties. When nurses take the requisite leadership in becoming involved throughout the healthcare system, these partnerships can better design and deliver highly effective programs that meet objectives.

In this Assignment, you will practice this type of leadership by advocating for a healthcare program. Equally as important, you will advocate for a collaborative role of the nurse in the design and implementation of this program. To do this, assume you are preparing to be interviewed by a professional organization/publication regarding your thoughts on the role of the nurse in the design and implementation of new healthcare programs.

To Prepare:

  • Review the Resources and reflect on your thinking regarding the role of the nurse in the design and implementation of new healthcare programs.
  • Select a healthcare program within your practice and consider the design and implementation of this program.
  • Reflect on advocacy efforts and the role of the nurse in relation to healthcare program design and implementation.

The Assignment: (2–4 pages)

In a 2- to 4-page paper, create an interview transcript of your responses to the following interview questions:

  • Tell us about a healthcare program, within your practice. What are the costs and projected outcomes of this program?
  • Who is your target population?
  • What is the role of the nurse in providing input for the design of this healthcare program? Can you provide examples?
  • What is your role as an advocate for your target population for this healthcare program? Do you have input into design decisions? How else do you impact design?
  • What is the role of the nurse in healthcare program implementation? How does this role vary between design and implementation of healthcare programs? Can you provide examples?
  • Who are the members of a healthcare team that you believe are most needed to implement a program? Can you explain why?

 

NURS 6050 Week 8 Assignment: Advocating for the Nursing Role in Program Design and Implementation SOLUTION

 

 

The Role of the RN and APRN in Policy-Making

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Opportunities in Policy Making

RNs and APRNs have various opportunities that that can enable them to participate actively in policy making. Nurses are registered members of different professional organizations that enable to them to participate actively in policy making. Through enrollment to these organizations in different state jurisdictions enable to take part in policy making. Membership to organizations such as the American Nurses Association makes it possible for nurses to actively participate in policy making (McGuire ET AL., 2017). This is promoted by analyzing and reviewing the existing the health policies. These organizations offer the needed opportunity to assess the different aspects of the health policies and contribute in policy making that safeguards the interests of the RNs and APRNs, and ensure that these interests are in best interest of the patients by ensuring the quality of care is safeguarded.

Besides, the workplace environment provides the RNs and APRNs with another opportunity for policy making. Workplace presents an important opportunity for nurses that can utilize to deliver healthcare to their patients. Since healthcare workers have an influence in their workplace, they can use it to influence healthcare systems by promoting policy review related to healthcare delivery by focusing on policies that contribute to efficiency and improved performance in the workplace by ensuring healthcare standards expected by their patients are met (Nantsupawat et al., 2017). The workplace enables the nurses to advocate for policies that affect efficiency, thus an important opportunity which they use to influence policy change.

Challenges Presented

Despite these opportunities availing policy making role for nurses, there are also challenges that hinder full participation in policy making. One of the challenges is the difficulties that registering in professional organizations present to nurses, thus limit their participation in policy making (Lee, Hwang & Moon, 2020). Focusing on making the process efficient and brief would help reduce the complexity of the registration process. This would make the process for registering in nursing professional organizations simple. This should embark on reviewing the leadership to reduce inefficiencies associated with poor leadership to ensure responsibility and accountability.

Another challenge is presented by the workplace environment. To begin with workplace is faced with lack of cooperation and conflicts that make it hard for the RNs and APRNs to remain united when advocating for a policy change. Such problems can be overcome if there is goodwill among the nurses to work as a team and cooperate when advocating for change. Teamwork should be promoted by ensuring that nurses speak in one voice when reviewing policy change aimed at promotion of quality within the work place. Another challenge can emanate from poor leadership, which might present a hurdle for nurses’ participation in policy making. This can come in form of poor work environment that support nurses dynamism and participation in policy process. Leaders can turn to a more inclusive policy review process so that nurses can participate comfortably.

Strategy Recommendation

To promote policy making among the nurses include proper training and promoting good leadership. Training enables the nurses to comprehend their roles and responsibilities. On the other hand, good leadership would advocate on making a better workplace environment that motivate the workers to participate in policy making process. Leadership also enables the nurses to openly share their views on how policies can be improved to promote efficiency within the workplace. Besides, good leadership presents an opportunity for nurses to register within professional organizations that which are critical in creating an opportunity to participate I policy review.

References

Lee, S., Hwang, C., & Moon, M. J. (2020). Policy learning and crisis policy-making: quadruple-loop learning and COVID-19 responses in South Korea. Policy and Society39(3), 363-381.

McGuire, M., Goldstein, C., Claywell, L., & Patton, R. (2017). Analysis of student reflections of experiential learning in nursing health policy courses. Nurse educator42(2), 95-99.

Nantsupawat, A., Kunaviktikul, W., Nantsupawat, R., Wichaikhum, O. A., Thienthong, H., & Poghosyan, L. (2017). Effects of nurse work environment on job dissatisfaction, burnout, intention to leave. International nursing review64(1), 91-98.

 

_Rubric

  Excellent Good Fair Poor
Program Design In a 2- to 4-page paper, create an interview transcript of your responses to the following interview questions. ·   Tell us about a healthcare program within your practice. What are the costs and projected outcomes of this program? ·   Who is your target population? ·   What is the role of the nurse in providing input for the design of this healthcare program? Can you provide examples? ·   What is the role of the nurse in providing input for the design of this healthcare program? Can you provide examples? ·   What is your role as an advocate for your target population for this healthcare program? Do you have input into design decisions? How else do you impact design?

Points Range:41 (41.00%) – 45 (45.00%)

Response provides a clear and complete summary of the healthcare program, including an accurate and detailed description of the costs and projected outcomes of the program. Response provides a clear and accurate description that fully describes the target population. Response provides a clear and accurate explanation of the role of the nurse in providing input for the design of the program, including specific examples. Response provides an accurate and detailed description of the role of the nurse advocate for the target population for the healthcare program selected. Response provides an accurate and detailed explanation of how the advocate’s role influences design decisions as well as fully explaining impacts to program design.

Points Range:36 (36.00%) – 40 (40.00%)

Response provides a summary of the healthcare program, including a description of the costs and project outcomes of the program. Response provides an accurate description of the target population. Response provides an accurate explanation of the role of the nurse in providing input for the design of the program, including some examples. Response provides an accurate description of the role of the nurse advocate for the target population for the healthcare program selected. Response provides an accurate explanation of how the advocate’s role influences design decisions and somewhat explains impacts to program design.

Points Range:31 (31.00%) – 35 (35.00%)

Response provides a summary of the healthcare program that is vague or incomplete or does not include costs or projected outcomes of the program. Description of the target population is vague or inaccurate. Explanation of the role of the nurse in providing input for the design of the program is vague, inaccurate, or does not include specific examples. Description of the role of the nurse advocate for the target population for the healthcare program selected is vague or inaccurate. Explanation of how the advocate’s role influences design decisions and impacts to program design is vague or inaccurate.

Points Range:0 (0.00%) – 30 (30.00%)

Response provides a summary of the healthcare program that is vague and inaccurate, does not include costs or projected outcomes of the program, or is missing. Description of the target population is vague and inaccurate, or is missing. Explanation of the role of the nurse in providing input for the design of the program, and specific examples is vague and inaccurate, or is missing. Description of the role of the nurse advocate for the target population for the healthcare program selected is vague and inaccurate, or is missing. Explanation of how the advocate’s role influences design decisions and impacts to program design is vague and inaccurate, or is missing.

Program Implementation ·  What is the role of the nurse in healthcare program implementation? How does this role vary between design and implementation of healthcare programs? Can you provide examples? ·   Who are the members of a healthcare team that you believe are most needed to implement a program? Can you explain why you think this?

Points Range:36 (36.00%) – 40 (40.00%)

Response provides a clear, accurate, and complete explanation of the role of the nurse in healthcare program implementation. Response provides an accurate and detailed explanation of how the role of the nurse is different between design and implementation of healthcare programs, including specific examples. Response provides an accurate and detailed description of the members of a healthcare team needed to implement the program selected. The response fully integrates at least 2 outside resources and 2-3 course specific resources that fully supports the summary provided.

Points Range:32 (32.00%) – 35 (35.00%)

Response provides an accurate explanation of the role of the nurse in healthcare program implementation. Response provides an accurate explanation of how the role of the nurse is different between design and implementation of healthcare programs, and may include some specific examples. Response provides and accurate description of the members of a healthcare team needed to implement the program selected. The response integrates at least 1 outside resource and 2-3 course specific resources that may support the summary provided.

Points Range:28 (28.00%) – 31 (31.00%)

Explanation of the role of the nurse in healthcare program implementation is vague, inaccurate, and/or incomplete. Explanation of how the role of the nurse is different between design and implementation of healthcare programs is vague or inaccurate and/or does not include specific examples. Description of the members of a healthcare team needed to implement the program selected is inaccurate or incomplete. The response minimally integrates resources that may support the summary provided.

Points Range:0 (0.00%) – 27 (27.00%)

Explanation of the role of the nurse in healthcare program implementation is vague and inaccurate, or is missing. Explanation of how the role of the nurse is different between design and implementation of healthcare programs is vague and inaccurate, or is missing. Description of the members of a healthcare team needed to implement the program selected is vague and inaccurate, incomplete, or is missing. The response fails to integrate any resources to support the summary provided.

Written Expression and Formatting – Paragraph Development and Organization: Paragraphs make clear points that support well developed ideas, flow logically, and demonstrate continuity of ideas. Sentences are carefully focused–neither long and rambling nor short and lacking substance. A clear and comprehensive purpose statement and introduction is provided which delineates all required criteria.

Points Range:5 (5.00%) – 5 (5.00%)

Paragraphs and sentences follow writing standards for flow, continuity, and clarity. A clear and comprehensive purpose statement, introduction, and conclusion is provided which delineates all required criteria.

Points Range:4 (4.00%) – 4 (4.00%)

Paragraphs and sentences follow writing standards for flow, continuity, and clarity 80% of the time. Purpose, introduction, and conclusion of the assignment is stated, yet is brief and not descriptive.

Points Range:3.5 (3.50%) – 3.5 (3.50%)

Paragraphs and sentences follow writing standards for flow, continuity, and clarity 60%- 79% of the time. Purpose, introduction, and conclusion of the assignment is vague or off topic.

Points Range:0 (0.00%) – 3 (3.00%)

Paragraphs and sentences follow writing standards for flow, continuity, and clarity < 60% of the time. No purpose statement, introduction, or conclusion was provided.

Written Expression and Formatting – English writing standards: Correct grammar, mechanics, and proper punctuation

Points Range:5 (5.00%) – 5 (5.00%)

Uses correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation with no errors.

Points Range:4 (4.00%) – 4 (4.00%)

Contains a few (1-2) grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors.

Points Range:3.5 (3.50%) – 3.5 (3.50%)

Contains several (3-4) grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors.

Points Range:0 (0.00%) – 3 (3.00%)

Contains many (≥ 5) grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors that interfere with the reader’s understanding.

Written Expression and Formatting – The paper follows correct APA format for title page, headings, font, spacing, margins, indentations, page numbers, parenthetical/in-text citations, and reference list.

Points Range:5 (5.00%) – 5 (5.00%)

Uses correct APA format with no errors.

Points Range:4 (4.00%) – 4 (4.00%)

Contains a few (1-2) APA format errors.

Points Range:3.5 (3.50%) – 3.5 (3.50%)

Contains several (3-4) APA format errors.

Points Range:0 (0.00%) – 3 (3.00%)

Contains many (≥ 5) APA format errors.

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