Social Justice Project, Part 1: Summary of Problem and Legislation

 Social Justice Project, Part 1: Summary of Problem and Legislation (20 percent of final grade)

Assignment Information

Before beginning political advocacy, one must identify a problem that needs to be addressed through health care policy. Sometimes, political advocacy is needed when established health care policies are not adequate for solving a problem, or when the legislation creates new problems. This assignment is the first in a three-part project.

The purpose of this three-part project is to guide you through the process of selecting a problem, identifying evidence-based solutions, and designing a political advocacy plan to address the problem with those solutions.

In this first assignment, you will select a consumer challenge related to equity, access, affordability, and/or social justice in health care, and you will analyze how existing policies address this challenge. Completion of this assignment will demonstrate your achievement of the following course outcome:

6. analyze the impact of sociocultural, economic, and environmental influences on health care policies to understand consumer challenges related to equity, access, affordability, and social justice in health care

Assignment Guidelines

Identify a nursing or health care issue that relates to current health policy or political issues pertaining to equity, access, affordability, and/or social justice in health care.

In a 3–4-page paper (not including cover page or reference list), complete the following:

Identify the problem, noting its relationship to equity, access, affordability, and/or social justice in health care.

Describe the population most affected by this problem, noting whether this is a vulnerable population.

Describe health care and health disparities that may be related to this problem and population.

Summarize legislation and/or political activities that relate to the identified problem.

Analyze the effect that this legislation has had on the consumer challenge.

Uses APA style for your citations and references.

This activity aligns with:

Course Outcome 3. Discuss how regulatory agencies and professional organizations influence nursing practice and healthcare delivery to support optimal quality patient care.

Course Outcome 4. Analyze the impact of sociocultural, economic, and environmental influences on health care policies to understand consumer challenges related to equity, access, affordability, and social justice in healthcare.

Course Outcome 5. Evaluate the political advocacy process to identify opportunities for nursing professional involvement.

Course Outcome 6. Delineate strategies that nurses can use to engage in advocacy for healthcare policy to support equity, access, affordability, and social justice for consumers and in support of the nursing profession.

AACN BSN Essential I.6: Engage in ethical reasoning and actions to provide leadership in promoting advocacy, collaboration, and social justice as a socially responsible citizen.

AACN BSN Essential V.4: Examine legislative and regulatory processes relevant to the provision of health care.

AACN BSN Essential V.6: Explore the impact of sociocultural, economic, legal, and political factors influencing healthcare delivery and practice.

AACN BSN Essential V.7: Examine the roles and responsibilities of the regulatory agencies and their effect on patient care quality, workplace safety, and the scope of nursing and other health professionals’ practice.

AACN BSN Essential VII.12: Advocate for social justice, including a commitment to the health of vulnerable populations and the elimination of health disparities.

AACN BSN Essential VIII.1: Demonstrate the professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct.

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