To analyze a health policy at the federal level: Identify a health issue that you have an interest in researching; Identify a federal policy related to your chosen topic (passed or introduced in the past 5 years; Determine key stakeholders that support or oppose the policy you have chosen; Incorporate a nursing lens to write your paper; you will address the health issue and policy implications
How to begin your Health Policy Analysis Paper Assignment
- Select a health issue as directed and identify a federal policy associated with your issue; introduced/passed within the past 5 years (2016 or sooner)
- Search for scholarly journal articles to support your view on your topic of choice. It is important to use resources from the past 5 years unless you are citing seminal work.
Mechanics of Paper:
- The length of the paper is not to exceed 5 pages. The page limit will be strictly enforced and no sentence beyond the 5th page will be graded.
- The page count does not include the title page, references, or appendix.
- No abstract
- The length of each section should be dependent on point allocation. Review the grading rubric and template closely during paper development. For example, a section worth 5 points will be longer than a section worth 2 or 3 points.
- Use 12-point font for all the paper including the Running head; (Times New Roman), double-spaced, and 1-inch margins.
- The formatting must adhere to APA guidelines
- It is crucial to use headings and sub-headings for each section. One giant “scrolling document” without headings is very difficult to read or follow therefore such a document will not be accepted. Use headers to denote different sections of paper according to the rubric and as found in the template.
- Create a policy brief (see Mason et al., 2016, Box 7-3, p. 69) and include it as an Appendix. You will prepare the Appendix as if you are presenting your argument (either in support of opposition) to a committee in Congress. It is unlikely the policymaker(s) will understand “nursing lingo” and therefore write this document using a clear message so anyone can understand your call to action. The Appendix does not count in the page count. The Appendix is single spaced.
- Use as many references as needed to support your analysis however-
- use at least 2 published journal articles;
- use no more than 2 websites;
- Use your Mason book for at least one citation/reference
- For any policies you cite, you must reference using APA or Blue Book (examples are found in Modules/click on course information/ click on Useful Resources. For details see Blue Book (20th edition)-found online at: https://law-hawaii.libguides.com/c.php?g=125476&p=821697; (Links to an external site.)
- Submit as a Word document only in the appropriate drop box in Canvas; your work will be reviewed using “Turn It In” to ensure originality.
Graded Content (see template for additional details)
- Introduction -ID health issue and the policy you have chosen to research. As you develop an outline for your paper, make sure you incorporate a nursing lens as you draft the paper. This section should “catch” the reader’s attention and provide a roadmap for what you will cover in the paper; “paint the picture” and give the reader a reason to take notice of the issue and want to continue reading.
- Background Include applicable local, state/regional and national perspectives. This section should utilize as many statistics, facts, figures, and monetary amounts as possible. Points will be deducted for general information presented without specifics. Sub-headings of the background include addressing social, economic, ethical, and political/legal factorswith specific attention to the following:
* Social Factors (how patients are impacted, why is this a problem? how does it impact your patients?) Using supporting resource material cited and referenced;
* Economic Factors (how much money will it cost or save to implement the new policy? Use specific dollars, percentages, and numbers) supported by resource material cited and referenced properly.
* Ethical Factors (address ethical principles violated or addressed); Cardinal bioethical principles are autonomy, justice, beneficence, and non-maleficence. Cite and reference using scholarly sources.
* Political/Legal Factors (what legislative action on this topic has been introduced or passed at the national level? What was the impact?)Cite and reference using scholarly sources and laws.
- Do not merely list the stakeholders; clearly address what “stake” each has in the policy. Do not forget to include your patient (or system) population.
- Policy Goals/Objectives (Identify at least 2). In bullet form, ID and describe at least two objectives that address the issue you have identified and speak to it using a nursing lens.
- Summary/conclusion. Ties your paper together and has a patient perspective. In other words: What did you cover in the paper? Include implications of the health policy issue you chose and how patients/systems/communities are/were/ can be impacted; also address the implications of “doing nothing” and consider what that would mean relative to this issue.
- Policy Brief (Appendix) The appendix should be a “stand alone” document that could be used by you (DNP Nurse Advocate) to argue from a nursing perspective why change is needed.
- This 1 page document would be suitable to give to legislators who do not have a nursing background. Think of this document as a 1 page summary of your paper that highlights the major points. Do not include references on this document.
- You will need to reference the Appendix in the body of your paper (example, “see Appendix for a policy
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