criminal justice


Setting can have a significant impact on the outcome of an interview. It can drive the behavior of both the interviewer and the interviewee. This assignment will help you practice identifying the type of setting in which an interview is taking place and how that setting affects both the interviewer and the interviewee. It also will help prepare you to address setting questions in your Project Three assignment. To complete this activity, read the three scenarios contained in the template and respond to the accompanying questions.

For this assignment, you will respond to three different scenarios and will be graded on your responses to the three scenarios in one set of rubric criteria, as shown in the rubric below.

Specifically, the following rubric criteria must be addressed in the Module Seven Practice Activity Template Word Document:

  • Scenario 1
    • Identify the setting of the interview as formal or informal.
    • Describe how the setting is formal or informal.
    • Describe how the setting affects the interviewee.
    • Describe how the setting affects the interviewer.
  • Scenario 2
    • Identify the setting of the interview as formal or informal.
    • Describe how the setting is formal or informal.
    • Describe how the setting affects the interviewee.
    • Describe how the setting affects the interviewer.
  • Scenario 3
    • Identify the setting of the interview as formal or informal.
    • Describe how the setting is formal or informal.
    • Describe how the setting affects the interviewee.
    • Describe how the setting affects the interviewer.

Understanding My Playing-with-Gender Act



Part Four of Applied Final Project, Playing with Gender: Understanding Our Gendered Selves:

“Understanding My Playing-with-Gender Act” (20% of course grade; due end of Week 7) Five (5) pages (1200-1500 words)

All parts of this project should be formatted in APA style (follow for both essay and citation styles):


Purpose: Act Analysis

In this part of the assignment, you will perform, describe, and analyze your act. After you perform your act, compose a 5-page (1200-1500 words) task specifying your experiences. The first section (one-third to one-half of your paper) should describe your act and your responses to it, and the second section should analyze your act in terms of the scholarship on gender:


Section One (minimum 500 words):

1. Describe your act:

2. What did you do?

3. Where did you do it?

4. How did you prepare for it?

5. What responses did you get while performing your act?

6. How did you feel while performing your act?

7. What would you do differently if you had to perform this same act again? Would you perform the act in the same location and at same time? Would you change your appearance during the act? Would you do anything else differently?

8. Please refer directly to the required reading on Participant Observation (Mack et al., 2005) in this section of the paper (Mack et al., 2005) ( PLEASE see attached for document):

Mack et al. (2005).  “Module Two: Participant Observation,” from Qualitative Research Methods: A Data Collector’s Field Guide, Family Health International. Read Module 2, pages 13-27. Retrieved from’s%20Field%20Guide.pdf


Section Two: (minimum 700 words): 

(Please see attached for document listing the sources)


Referring directly to at least three academic sources for support (these may be pulled from the sources you identified and discussed in your Annotated Bibliography for Part 3  and/or the readings for this class), consider the potential impact of your act. Here are some questions to consider (you do not have to answer all of these questions; they are provided to help you to think about ways your act may have impact on society):

· Can you explain the range of reactions to your act? Did those reactions reflect any of the sociological scholarship found in the course readings or in your research? Did any of the reactions challenge that research?

· How do you think class, race, age, and sexuality came into play during the conception and performance of the act?

· Was performing this act an act of feminism? Why? and, if so, what type(s) of feminism?

· Was your act an act of activism? That is, could it help to create social change? If so, how?


Please see attached for Project 1, 2 & 3 for information and assistance.

Current Trends in Nursing PracticeBy Pamela McNiff

Current Trends in Nursing PracticeBy Pamela McNiff

Essential Questions

· How do quality metrics in health care affect patient outcomes?

· How do wellness initiatives and patient-centered care affect reimbursement rates?

· How do federal regulations address the current opioid crisis and reimbursement rates?

· How does federal funding through the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act affect nursing education and trends related to employment?

· Why are the American Nurses Association Political Action Committee initiatives important in nursing?



In recent years, the cost of health care has become increasingly unsustainable. Cost and quality concerns, coupled with caring and paying for medical treatments, has created a need for change. This chapter will review the current health care laws and quality metrics that are driving this change. Additionally, health care professionals need to understand identified outcomes and values, as these metrics directly affect nursing and the trends related to employment and education. The  Affordable Care Act (ACA)  of 2010 addressed a push for quality and value that is now directly linked to providers’ and organizations’ pay and reimbursement. Federal regulations and the opioid crisis in the United States is also linked to pay for performance and current policies to address this issue. The Health Care and Reconciliation Act addresses the nursing shortage and ongoing education for all levels of nursing with the support of the American Nurses Association (ANA). Current nursing knowledge should include:

· Pay for performance (P4P),

· Quality metrics to improve processes of care,

· Value and quality of outcomes directly,

· Federal regulation for opioid use, and

· Federal funding and support for nursing education.

This chapter will explore the need for nurses to understand current metrics, how they directly affect nursing, and the importance of higher education to produce optimal patient outcomes.

Health Care Laws

In order for health care in the United States to be sustainable and provide quality patient care, economic change must occur. Health care expenditures are rising—so much so that more resources per capita are devoted to health care in the United States than in any other nation (Salmond & Echevarria, 2017).


To address these costs,  pay for performance (P4P)  was developed, which rewards providers and organizations for delivering quality care with the goal of improving patient outcomes. This accountability process was established through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as an incentive for improving patient care, lowering costs, and holding accountable those providers and organizations whose data does not show improvement. Quality metrics have been established in partnership with CMS and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which publicly reports patient outcomes by way of the  Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Plan Survey (HCAHPS) . Quality measures in acute care organizations include:

· Client care experience (HCAHPS),

· Delivery of care,

· Efficiency of care, and

· Client-specific outcomes (e.g. morbidity, mortality, rates of infection, falls).

According to Torgan (2013), P4P programs shift the focus from basic care delivery to high-quality care delivery. Examples of questions asked on HCAHPS include:

1. Did the nurses communicate well?

2. Were the nurses responsive?

3. Did the nurses explain medications before dispensing them?

4. Was the area around the room quiet at night?

5. Did the doctors communicate well?

6. Was pain controlled?

7. Were the room and bathroom clean?

8. Was information given about your recovery?


While HCAHPS are the focus for acute care organizations, quality metrics for the ambulatory care setting are determined by the  Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS)  Created by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), these metrics directly measure the clinical quality performance of health plans (Maurer, 2017). There are currently 94 measures across 7 domains of care (National Committee for Quality Assurance [NCQA], n.d.); therefore, it is essential that providers are familiar with how quality is being defined and measured in order to have full participation and achieve quality patient care.

Table 2.1 provides an example of 6 of the 94 current HEDIS measures from 2018, comparing the three main types of health plans: commercial or self-pay/employer insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare. Boxes marked with an “X” represent HEDIS measures that each health plan is required to follow. As depicted in the table, commercial health plans and Medicaid plans require every patient between the ages of 18–64 to be asked whether they have obtained a flu vaccination that year. Under the HEDIS Medicare guidelines listed, all but the flu vaccine must be included.

Table 2.1

Example of HEDIS 2018 Measures

HEDIS Measure 2018 Commercial Medicaid Medicare
Fall Risk Management     X
Osteoporosis Testing in Older Women     X
Physical Activity in Older Adults     X
Medicare Outcomes Survey     X
Flu Vaccination Ages 18-64 X X  
Pneumococcal Vaccination Status for Older Adults     X

The data obtained from these reports gives the consumer a comprehensive view of the performance of employers’ health plans and are designed as a report card for improving quality of care. In the ambulatory care setting, quality performance may be determined by any of the HEDIS measures; therefore, it is important that practitioners become familiar with how quality is being defined and measured.

As the federal government continues to change the way health care professionals are reimbursed, strategies to meet HEDIS measures have posed several challenges for providers. To improve patient outcomes, the model of  population health , which analyzes data collected to improve both clinical and financial outcomes and manage patient care, must address behavioral determinates that are dependent upon the individual client, such as cigarette smoking, physical activity, and drug use. To achieve positive outcomes and improved health for individuals, collaboration is essential. According to Salmond & Echevarria (2017), with new reimbursement models, health care organizations will be incentivized to address health behaviors to improve patient outcomes and generate savings.

To support these models, many physician practices and hospital organizations are partnering and aligning operations to achieve these goals. While necessary to address rising health care costs, these payment models can become a financial hardship for some, making it crucial for health care professionals and organizations to collaborate.

The Affordable Care Act of 2010

The  ACA, also known as Obamacare, was the product of two pieces of legislation: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the  Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 . This legislation was developed, implemented, and signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010 (, n.d.). The first section of the bill expanded Medicaid coverage and introduced comprehensive health plans with the expectation that the reforms would improve medical insurance coverage across populations. Insurance companies were then held accountable to provide services within the  ACA Marketplace  by offering more choices and options for obtainable, affordable medical insurance at lower costs. The second section of the bill was developed to fund the educational needs of health care.

The CMS also partnered with individual states to develop and identify priorities for eligibility within Medicaid and the  Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP)  to support low-income Americans with children. The intent of ACA and CMS was to fill the gaps left by private insurance plans and those uninsured or underinsured and in need of coverage because of low income. The ACA Marketplace  is a means of coordination with insurance companies to provide low-cost insurance and determine eligibility for all types of insurance based on income. Tax credits are utilized to make insurance premiums through the ACA Marketplace affordable, and insurance companies are required to cover those individuals with preexisting conditions. Table 2.2 represents the major provisions of the ACA.

Table 2.2

Major Provisions of the Affordable Care Act

Provision Explanation
Preexisting Conditions This provision ensures that insurance cannot be denied based on preexisting conditions.
Young Adult Coverage Ensures that dependent children may remain on their parents’ health insurance plan until the age of 26.
Preventative Care Services Ensures that health care plans must fully cover preventative care such as screenings and immunizations.
Spending Limits Insurance companies cannot set a dollar amount on what they spend on benefits for the patient’s care during time of enrollment.
Menu Labeling Restaurants must list the calorie amount on their menus of each food item or meal.
Prevention and Public Health Funding will be allocated for public health and preventative care within communities.
Community Transformation Grants Funding will be awarded to a variety of state, local, and tribal agencies that contribute to building community and implementation of evidence-based health programs.

Note. Adapted from “The Affordable Care Act and Mental Health Services,” by C. A. Walker, 2014,  Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 52(9), 4.

While the ACA was designed to encourage better patient outcomes with lower associated costs and expanded access to care for more Americans, in some cases, the ACA has led to higher insurance premiums and fewer choices within the health care marketplace. In April of 2018, CMS issued a bulletin regarding benefit and payment parameters for 2019. According to CMS, “the final rule is intended to advance the Administration’s goals for increasing flexibility, improving affordability, strengthening program integrity, empowering consumers, promoting stability, and reducing unnecessary regulatory burdens associated with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in the individual and small group health insurance markets” (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid [CMS], 2018b, para. 3). As key provisions have been modified to support affordability for the individual and family, individual states have been given more control over their insurance markets to promote and encourage participation within the ACA Marketplace.

Check for Understanding

1. How does P4P improve patient outcomes?

2. What is HEDIS, and what does it measure?

3. What is HCAHPS, and what does it measure?

4. Why has it been difficult to keep insurance companies involved with the ACA Marketplace?

Federal Regulation of Opioid Use and the Opioid Crisis

Prior to the mid-1990s, pain control for individuals was often poorly managed. In response, advocates, such as the American Pain Society, proposed changes in pain-management practices. In 2001, The Joint Commission (formerly the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations), determined that pain is a subjective measure, and self-reporting of pain must be accepted by the medical establishment. Concurrently, pharmaceutical companies began to shape medical practice and public opinion by aggressively promoting and marketing opioids with unintended consequences.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2016), since 2000, the rate of deaths from drug overdoses has increased by 137%, including a 200% increase in overdose deaths involving opioids. These increases included heroin, which is an illegally made opioid, and illicitly manufactured fentanyl, which is a synthetic opioid. In 2015 alone, 33,091 deaths in the United States were attributed to an overdose involving opioids (Laderman & Martin, 2017). Figure 2.1 provides estimates of overdose deaths involving opioids by type in the United States from 2000–2016. While different strategies are used to determine overdose deaths related to opioids, two interconnected trends have been identified: a 17-year increase in deaths from prescription opioid overdoses and a recent surge in illicit opioid overdoses driven by heroin and fentanyl (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2017). Additionally, the CDC has noted that history of misuse of prescription opioids is the strongest risk factor for starting heroin use.

Figure 2.1

Overdose Deaths Involving Opioids

Figure is a graph of overdose deaths related to opioids from 2000-2016. The green line represents any opioid, the purple line indicates natural and semisynthetic opioids, the blue line represents heroin, the orange line represents other synthetic opioids, and the gray line indicates methadone use. Each line shows an increase in all types of opioid use from 2000 to 2016.

Note. Adapted from “Opioid Data Analysis and Resources,” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017.


The   Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016 , became law on July 22, 2016. The legislation was established to give practitioners who dispense controlled substances the ability to dispense a narcotic drug in Schedule III, IV, or V for the purposes of maintenance and treatment or detoxification treatment (Department of Justice, 2018). Specific details regarding nurse practitioners (NPs) were also addressed in an expanded version of this bill as a means to support and treat those addicted to narcotics. Per the provisions within CARA, dispensation of narcotics for the use of detoxification cannot exceed 180 days to address the physical and psychological effects of withdrawal. The goal of these provisions is to gradually reduce the dosage of narcotics and ultimately have the individual achieve a drug-free state.


In 2017, the HHS declared that the opioid crisis was a public health emergency and announced the following five-point strategy to combat the opioid crisis.

1. Better  addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery services through the support of grants and waivers to cover the cost of treatment for the individual to achieve long-term recovery

2. Better data to improve and understand the crisis through public reporting with the focus on high-risk populations

3. Better pain management from healthy, evidence-based methods of pain management

4. Better targeting of overdose reversing drugs, which includes presidential budgetary support to achieve these goals

5. Better research through a partnership with the HHS and the National Institute of Health (NIH) (Department of Health and Human Services [HHS], 2017)

The CDC has also provided recommendations for prescribing opioids for chronic pain that is not associated with palliative care, cancer, or end-of-life care. These guidelines have been put in place to help primary care providers navigate pain management options that are alternatives to opioids.

Reimbursement, Restrictions, and Monitoring Opioid Prescriptions

As federal and legislative regulations continue to address the opioid crisis, it is likely that providers and organizations that find alternative treatments and prescribe fewer opioids will receive higher reimbursement rates. Similar to HEDIS measures, insurance companies have and will be changing policies regarding what they will cover in terms of opioid medications and positive or negative patient outcomes. Prior authorizations, quantity limits, and drug utilization reviews are currently being used or implemented to determine the necessity of opioids and what alternative treatment methods have been used prior to prescribing opioids.

According to Wachino (2016), to optimize care while discouraging fraud, waste, and abuse of prescribed opioids, states are encouraged to consider implementing programs that provide ancillary care for beneficiaries diagnosed with chronic pain who have been found to be receiving unusually high doses of opioids, seeing multiple prescribers or pharmacies. The use and access of state prescription drug monitoring needs to be supported in order to identify inappropriate prescribing activity and those individuals who seek out opioid prescribers through various providers. Given the urgency of the opioid epidemic, CMS has finalized several new rules for 2019:

· For opioid naïve patients, all initial opioid prescriptions will be limited to a 7-day supply.

· CMS will continue to build and expand the Overutilization Monitoring System (OMS) to identify those beneficiaries considered to be at high risk for opioid addiction using real-time safety alerts at the time of dispensing and to address and support these individuals through case managers and prescribers (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid [CMS], 2018a).

With the CMS recognizing the need to address the opioid epidemic and implementing the necessary changes now, other health care insurance companies are likely to implement and adopt these strategies in order to address this issue.

Check for Understanding

1. What was the catalyst for the opioid crisis?

2. What is the underlying theme of the HHS five-point strategy for the opioid crisis?

3. How do the opioid crisis and CMS rules affect those who prescribe opioids?

Nursing Shortage

The nursing shortage in America is cause for concern, especially given the increasing age of the baby boomer generation (Cox, Willis, & Coustasse, 2014). Statistics point to a 26% increase in the need for registered nurses (RNs) nationwide. As the current nursing workforce begins to reach retirement age, there is more cause for concern related to losing skilled leaders in the profession. A high rate of turnover associated with the nursing profession, attributed to factors such as job dissatisfaction and staffing concerns, is adding to the nursing shortage (Cox et al., 2014). In particular, novice nurses have reported particularly high levels of burnout and choose to leave the profession (Lin, Viscardi, & McHugh, 2014). Proposed solutions such as nurse residency programs and mandated safe staffing ratios are supported by the ANA. Nurse residency programs offer a designated amount of time in which a novice or new graduate nurse has additional education, mentor support, and additional resources to set them up for success when taking assignments on their own (Lin et al., 2014).

Additionally, the lack of sufficient nurse faculty to train new nurses has been cited as a factor contributing to the nursing shortage of nurses as well, with nearly 42,000 applicants to nursing schools being denied in 2006 (Cox et al., 2014). The HHS offers a nurse faculty loan program to address the dire need for nurses; however only a small number of nurses have been allocated these funds (Feldman, Greenberg, Jaffe-Ruiz, Kaufman, & Cignarale, 2015). Scholarship programs such as these, as well as mentoring programs to support nurse faculty, are necessary to increase recruitment and retention of full-time faculty to approve and properly train the host of students waiting to attend nursing school (Feldman et al., 2015).

Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010

As part of the ACA, provisions were enacted to ensure funding was available to those pursing health care degrees through federal funding, grants, loans, and employers obligation to support staff in continuing education through the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. With the current nursing shortage continuing to worsen as the baby boomer generation retires, it is imperative that nursing is supported across health care in order to enhance and support patients and programs. These provisions included:

· Beginning July 1, 2010, all new federal student loans will originate through the Direct Loan program, instead of through the federally-guaranteed student loan program.

· Includes $36 billion over ten years to increase the maximum Pell Grant to $5,550 in 2010 and to $5,975 by 2017.

· Indexes the Pell Grant to the Consumer Price Index starting in 2013, to match the rising costs of college.

· Addresses the FY 2011 shortfall in the Pell Grant program.

· Expands the Income-Based Repayment program. Starting in 2014, the bill will cap new borrower’s loan payment at 10 percent of their net income, after adjustments for basic living costs, and would forgive any remaining debt after 20 years.

· Invests $2.55 billion in Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions.

· Includes $750 million for college access and completion support programs for students, including increased funding for the College Access Challenge Grant program, which funds programs at states and institutions aimed at increasing financial literacy and student retention. (Senate Democrats, n.d.)

Nursing Trends Related to Employment and Advanced Practice Nursing


Wellness and continuum of care models that have become the mainstay to keep individuals well will require more RNs with advanced nursing degrees to fill the gaps caused by the shortage of primary care physicians. To have affordable continuing educational opportunities, ongoing expansion of programs will be necessary to improve the nursing workforce. With funding support through the ACA, priorities and goals can be addressed through local and state organizations to increase the nursing workforce. In September 2010, the American Association of College of Nursing (AACN) announced the expansion of the nation’s centralized application service for RN programs, NursingCAS, to include graduate nursing programs to ensure that all vacant seats in nursing schools are filled to better meet the need for RNs, advanced practice nurses (APRNs), and nurse faculty (American Association of College of Nursing [AACN], 2017). In 2016, more than 38,800 vacant seats were identified in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs. NursingCAS provides a way to fill these seats and maximize the educational capacity of nursing schools.

In 2008, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) led a 2-year initiative to address four key issues for the future of nursing:

· The need for nurses to be able to practice to the full level of their education and training,

· Achieve higher levels of education through a seamless academic progression,

· Partner with physicians and other health care team members to redesign health care, and

· Require better data collection in order to achieve an appropriate nursing workforce.

Additionally, the link between nurse education and patient outcomes was confirmed in 2011, when Aiken (2011) found that a 10% increase in the proportion of BSN-prepared nurses reduced the risk of death by 5% (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation [RWJF], 2014).

One of the main recommendations was to ensure that 80% of all RNs will have obtained a BSN by the year 2020 (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine [NASEM], 2018). Many organizations, especially those seeking Magnet status through The Joint Commission, are now demanding that 80% of the RNs they employ obtain their BSN. This has led universities and community colleges to work together to create programs that help RNs with associate degrees to acquire their BSN in a seamless, affordable manner.

As the restructuring of the health care system continues and more APRNs, such as family NPs, are needed, the scope of practice, need for autonomy, and fair reimbursement through Medicare and Medicaid must continue to expand. Variations from state to state with regard to the scope of practice for NPs must also be addressed so that restrictions do not impede the progression for APRNs to support models of health care delivery.

Leadership in Nursing


While the ACA has provisions to educate, train, and support APRNs, visionary leaders in nursing are needed to develop practice and institute policy. In order to cultivate and bring the future of nursing forward, it is paramount that the profession of nursing support current and future leaders throughout all areas of nursing. To build this future, nurses who wish to pursue an executive, academic, or NP role will need to earn at least a master’s degree in nursing; however, doctoral degrees are becoming more of a standard in these roles (Pullen, 2016).  “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, how have been called according to his purpose.” —Romans 8:28Nurse leaders promote and facilitate direction and collaboration at both the formal and informal levels within the nursing industry, demonstrating vital attributes that propel nursing leadership within the community. The voice of leadership in nursing is a voice for all nurses.

Advocating for the profession of nursing at the leadership level requires that nurses in advance practice have presentation skills and the ability to convey messages that support nurses at all levels and in all fields of nursing. It is imperative that nurses take an active role in establishing positions at high levels within organizations. More nurses with Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees can be found at the levels of nursing administration, deans of nursing, chief nursing officer, and chief executive officer. Having APRNs in these positions gives nursing a voice and enhances the nursing profession.

As leadership in nursing gives a larger voice within organizations, advocacy for changes in health policy are crucial. The ANA provides critical information and influence on policies at both the state and federal level. Figure 2.2 represents the educational nursing continuum from diploma certificate to PhD or DNP and the assumed positions at each level of nursing.

Figure 2.2

Pathway of Educational Progression

The figure is a pyramid that shows the different levels of degrees and diplomas that people can get in order to get a career in the nursing field. The bottom of the pyramid is a diploma, which is a 2-3 year program. Next level up is the Associate degree in Nursing (ADN), which is a 2-year program. Next level up is the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN), which is a 4-year program. Next level is the Master of Science in Nursing degree (MSN), which is a 2-3 year program post-BSN through which a person can become a Nurse Educator, an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), a Nurse Practitioner (NP), a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), or a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS). The top level is the Doctorate degree, which is a 3-6 year program post-MSN through which a person can become a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), a Doctor of Education (EdD), a Doctor of Nursing Science (DNS, DNSc), or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).

Note. Adapted from “Best Types of Nursing Degrees,” by A. M. Wilson, 2011, Nurse Journal website.

As a nurse leader, involvement at the local, state, and national level benefits all nurses. The nurse leader is the active voice of a person with a global perspective who has decision-making skills in complex environments to achieve desired results within the context of nursing and the organization as a whole. Advocating for nurses is advocating for all. According to the ANA Code of Ethics (American Nurses Association [ANA], n.d.b), advocacy is the act or process of pleading for, supporting, or recommending a cause or course of action. Advocacy may be for persons, whether as an individual, group, population, or society, or for an issue, such as potable water or global health. Nursing leaders are true advocates for the profession and the health care population as a whole. These top thinkers have the ability to identify and address issues and collaborate with others in order to make change. The highest level of change takes place through legislation supported by the ANA.

American Nurses Association Political Action Committee (ANA-PAC) Initiatives

The ANA’s influence on local, state, and federal policy cannot be overestimated. The  ANA Political Action Committee (ANA-PAC)  exists and is supported through voluntary contributions in which ANA staff, the ANA-PAC Board of Trustees, and the constituent/state nurses’ associations work to identify candidates to support for federal office, regardless of party affiliation (ANA, n.d.a). These contributions are used, with complete transparency, only to support and give a voice to the thousands of nurses at all educational levels and practice settings.


The ANA-PAC Board of Trustees lobbies at the local, state, and national level to support individuals who understand the principles and policies and will endorse those initiatives that are targeted as key legislative policies that impact the profession of nursing. Showing strength by influencing policy gives nurses a public voice, which brings change and puts a spotlight on the nursing profession. Each year the ANA-PAC committee aims to support candidates who support specific initiatives relevant to the future of nursing. Three of those initiatives include health care reform, safe staffing, and nursing workforce development.

Health Care Reform

· Ensuring universal health care for all that provides comprehensive physical and mental health care

· Supporting preventative care services through primary care entities

· Support a partnership between the government and private sector to assist individuals who do not have the means to cover the cost of health care

· Funding to ensure a skilled workforce in nursing

Safe Staffing

· Continuing to enact safe staffing legislation through The Safe Staffing for Nurse and Patient Safety Act (S. 2446, H.R. 5052)

· This bill considers the nurses’ educational background, experience, availability of personnel, geography, technology, and acuity of patients

Nursing Workforce Development

· Supporting Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act (H.R. 959), which is a bipartisan bill aimed as supporting the ongoing educational needs of nurses through federal funding

· Securing funding for nursing grants to support advanced nursing education, workforce diversity, practice and retention, National Nurse Service Corp, Nurse Faculty Loan Program, and comprehensive nurse geriatric education

The economic value of the ANA cannot be overstated. Every nurse needs a voice, and the ANA is crucial in delivering that voice at the legislative level. This voice is needed to create change and make a stand on public issues that affect the nursing profession on a daily basis. Only through working together will nurses achieve the strength and support needed to develop, empower, and change the face of nursing and health care today.

Check for Understanding

1. How does the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act support the nursing shortage?

2. What expansion through the AACN was put in place to support nursing programs for nursing education?

3. Why is nursing advocacy important?

4. What is the ANA-PAC, and what are the initiatives currently being targeted?

Reflective Summary

Health care is an ever-changing and complex part of the economy. As legislation changes and costs increase, the underlying need for safe and proficient nursing care remains imperative. The ACA created changes that directly impact the patient’s ability to attain care and receive valuable preventative treatments. The nursing profession faces many challenges in order to continue providing the highest level of care to their complex and growing patient population. Concerns, such as safe staffing, burnout, and a lack of nurse faculty, require careful and thorough contemplation in order to devise sustainable solutions that benefit nurses and the patient population.

Key Terms

ACA Marketplace: State website  for subsidized health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

American Nurses Association Political Action Committee (ANA-PAC): Provides funding to federal candidates in order to make positive changes in nursing without regard to party affiliation.

Affordable Care Act (ACA): Health care reform legislation with multiple provisions signed into law by U.S. President Barack Obama and became known as Obamacare; among the provisions include health insurance coverage to uninsured, measures to lower costs and improve health care system efficiency, preventative care, extension of care to dependents under the age of 26, and prohibited insurance claim denial or higher premiums for preexisting conditions.

Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP): Health insurance coverage for children of parents whose income is too high to qualify for Medicaid but too low to pay for private health insurance coverage.

Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016: A law set in place on July 22, 2016 to address the opioid crisis in the United States.

Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS): Measures a broad range of health issues; this data is collected to determine whether improved patient outcomes are being achieved; set forth through the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

Healthcare and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010: Provisions enacted through the Affordable Care Act to ensure funding to those pursing health care degrees through federal grants, loans, and employers.

Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Plan Survey (HCAHPS): Metrics that publicly report patient outcomes for specific quality metrics in acute care organizations; put in place by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

Pay for Performance (P4P): A payment model developed and established through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) as an incentive for improving patient care and lowering health care costs.

Population Health: Defined as the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group.


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Topic 2: Current Trends In Nursing Practice



1. Describe the role of nursing in the reformation or restructuring of the health care delivery system.

2. Predict how the nursing profession will grow or transform in response to emerging trends.


Assignment 1

Explain how interprofessional collaboration will help reduce errors, provide higher-quality care, and increase safety. Provide an example of a current or emerging trend that will require more, or change the nature of, interprofessional collaboration.

Assignment 2

Describe one innovative health care delivery model that incorporates an interdisciplinary care delivery team. Explain how this model is advantageous to patient outcomes.

Assignment 3


Health Care Delivery Models and Nursing Practice

Examine changes introduced to reform or restructure the U.S. health care delivery system. In a 1,000-1,250 word paper, discuss action taken for reform and restructuring and the role of the nurse within this changing environment.

Include the following:

1. Outline a current or emerging health care law or federal regulation introduced within the last 5 years to reform or restructure some aspect of the health care delivery system. Describe the effect of this on nursing practice and the nurse’s role and responsibility.

2. Discuss how quality measures and pay for performance affect patient outcomes. Explain how these affect nursing practice and describe the expectations and responsibilities of the nursing role in these situations.

3. Discuss professional nursing leadership and management roles that have arisen and how they are important in responding to emerging trends and in the promotion of patient safety and quality care in diverse health care settings.

4. Research emerging trends. Predict two ways in which the practice of nursing and nursing roles will grow or transform within the next five years in response to upcoming trends or predicted issues in health care.

You are required to cite a minimum of three sources to complete this assignment. Sources must be published within the last 5 years, appropriate for the assignment criteria, and relevant to nursing practice.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. A link to the LopesWrite technical support articles is located in Class Resources if you need assistance.


Rubric Criteria

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Current or Emerging Health Care Law or Federal Regulation and Effect on Nursing Practice, Role and R

24.75 points

Criteria Description

An outline of emerging health care law or federal regulation and a description of the effect on nursing practice and the nurse role, and responsibility.

5. Target

24.75 points

A clear and accurate outline of an emerging health care law or federal regulation and a clear and accurate description of the effect on nursing practice and the nurse role, and responsibility is present.


Quality Measures Pay for Performance, Patient Outcomes, and Effect on Nursing Practice

33 points

Criteria Description

A discussion on how quality measures and pay for performance affect patient outcomes, and how they affect nursing practice, expectations, and responsibilities of the nursing role.

5. Target

33 points

A clear and accurate discussion on how quality measures and pay for performance affect patient outcomes, how they affect nursing practice, expectations, and responsibilities of the nursing role is presented.


Professional Nursing Leadership and Management Roles

33 points

Criteria Description

A discussion of professional nursing leadership and management roles that have arisen and how they are important in responding to emerging trends and in the promotion of patient safety and quality care in diverse health care settings.

5. Target

33 points

A clear and accurate discussion of professional nursing leadership and management roles that have arisen, how they are important in responding to emerging trends, and in the promotion of patient safety and quality care in diverse health care settings is present.


Predict Change in Nursing Roles and Nursing Practice

24.75 points

Criteria Description

Predictions for how the practice of nursing and nursing roles will grow or transform within the next 5 years in response to upcoming trends or predicted issues in health care.

5. Target

24.75 points

Predictions for how the practice of nursing and nursing roles will grow or transform within the next 5 years in response to upcoming trends or predicted issues in health care are thoroughly and insightfully discussed.


Thesis, Position, or Purpose

11.55 points

Criteria Description

Communicates reason for writing and demonstrates awareness of audience.

5. Target

11.55 points

The thesis, position, or purpose is clearly communicated throughout and clearly directed to a specific audience.


Development, Structure, and Conclusion

11.55 points

Criteria Description

Advances position or purpose throughout writing; conclusion aligns to and evolves from development.

5. Target

11.55 points

The thesis, position, or purpose is logically advanced throughout. The progression of ideas is coherent and unified. A clear and logical conclusion aligns to the development of the purpose.



9.9 points

Criteria Description

Selects and integrates evidence to support and advance position/purpose; considers other perspectives.

5. Target

9.9 points

Specific and appropriate evidence is included. Relevant perspectives of others are clearly considered.


Mechanics of Writing

9.9 points

Criteria Description

Includes spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar, language use, sentence structure, etc.

5. Target

9.9 points

No mechanical errors are present. Appropriate language choice and sentence structure are used throughout.



6.6 points

Criteria Description

Uses appropriate style, such as APA, MLA, etc., for college, subject, and level; documents sources using citations, footnotes, references, bibliography, etc., appropriate to assignment and discipline.

5. Target

6.6 points

No errors in formatting or documentation are present.


After reading the article “the case for contamination”  by Kwame Anthony Appiah respond the following question:

QUESTION: “What roles does religion play in Appiah’s analysis? Is the “contamination” Appiah is advocating good for religion, or should religions (and cultures) avoid it? Should religion remain changeless and resist any outside influences that might bring about change, or should it be open to those influences (become more “cosmopolitan”) even it means questioning or abandoning some of its traditions?

Essay should be:

(1)     2-3 pages long

(2) Include information from class material.

Link to the article



Pals = Ten Theories of Religion

Livingston = Anatomy of the Sacred


1. One of the important contributions of Ernst Troeltsch to the analysis of religion is his typology of church, sect, and cult. Discuss what Troeltsch (influenced by Weber) means by these categories and how can they be used to explain the social or communal aspects of religious phenomena. To be able to write an acceptable essay on this question the chapter on Weber in Pals and Chapter 7 of LivingstonAnatomy of the Sacred, are indispensable. (Weber strongly influenced Troeltsch, but the question is about Troeltsch, not Weber.)

2. When we study religion, we tend to focus on the founder almost exclusively: Buddha, Jesus, Muhammed, Moses, and the earliest generation of believers (apostles, companions, immediate disciples), and disregard the second and third generation of followers as insignificant. In my lectures I corrected this imbalance by emphasizing the importance of works produced at a later stage or phase of the religion (by second or third generation followers) that is not distinguished by the originality or exceptional charisma of the original founders. Early Catholicism in Christianity (consult early sections of the Outline) and the Bhagavad Gita are two expressions and later developments of Christianity and Hinduism respectively. Question (in two parts): 1. Explain, USING MAX WEBER’S CATEGORIES (Charismatic leader, Prophet, Bureaucrat), how both Early Catholicism (and the Bhagavad Gita) are significant a phase or stage all religions go through, if they are going to survive and perpetuate themselves, after the founder has died, and the next generation or two of believers has to figure out how to keep the faith going, as it were. 2. Explain also how it is that these second or third generation of leaders (the “bureaucrats”) of the religion are in a way the real preservers of the religion and are just as (and perhaps more) important and essential to its survival as the founders themselves. ( Chapter 5 of Pals and parts of Chapter 7 of Livingston are essential readings for answering this question, as well as my treatment of Max Weber and the extended comments on Early Catholicism and the Bhagavad Gita in the Outline of the lectures posted on Canvas).

3. As we have seen from the readings on Durkheim, Tylor, Frazer, Freud, and earlier key figures such as Feuerbach and Marx, the study of religion has emphasized the all-too-human nature of religious phenomena. Religion is seen as the creation of the human mind or of society (or culture) in general, whether this is seen in a positive light (Durkheim and Geertz) or a very negative one (Marx and Freud). These sociological, psychological, or anthropological interpretations of religions can be seen as expressions of the ascendance of secularism and scientific naturalism in the last two hundred years since the Enlightenment. Religion is being “explained away” (or “reduced” to) as a human, natural phenomenon, with no basis in some transcendent, supernatural reality. Question (in two parts)1. Do you agree with Tylor, Frazer, Marx, Durkheim, and Freud, that religion has been explained away as, and can be reduced to, a purely natural phenomenon? 2. Or do you agree with Schleiermacher, Otto, Eliade, Heidegger, and even anthropologists such as Clifford Geertz—who does not deny the reality of the transcendent in religion (even as he says that as a scientist he cannot affirm it either)— that there is in religion something that cannot be reduced to or explained in terms of the naturalor, at the very least, that we must suspend our judgment about the ultimate status (truth or falsity) of religious phenomena?



4. Myth and Sacred Scripture we have seen are essential aspects of all religions. Yet believers seem to be uncomfortable with the category of myth when scholars apply it to their particular religion. And this is especially true in the three Western religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Even Hindus are now upset that a Western scholar would consider one of their great epics, the Ramayana, “myth.” Christians never had a problem labeling the stories in other religions myth, while strongly defending the historical and literal truth of every story in the Genesis narratives, or events in the life of Jesus, even to the minutest detail. Orthodox Jews and Muslims would be offended if anyone suggested there is myth in the Torah or the Qur’an. How do we deal with myth and historical criticism? Even if a myth is historically untrue, can it still be true in a more important sense? Question: Discuss the different views of myth in Chapter 4 of Livingston, and state with which view do you agree the most and why?

5. Question (in three parts): 1. Is religious Fundamentalism in the end a desperate attempt to preserve the old order by peoples, groups, or societies (in America and the Muslim world) that cannot accept the modern world and choose to live in discredited and obsolete worldview? 2. Or is it the only way religion can be saved from the destructive critique of scientific naturalism? 3. Is there a middle way that is neither naturalistic nor fundamentalist? For example, Are thinkers like Heidegger, Otto, and Eliade perhaps giving us an alternative to both naturalism and fundamentalism, or are their positions too vague or give up too much to naturalism to be taken seriously as an alternative worthy of our consideration? (For this question you must read Livingston, Chapter 14.)

6. Ritual is arguably one of the most important categories of religion, even more than belief in a god. Many Jews who do not believe in God yet are observant Jews (that are Orthodox in practice but not in belief). Buddhists are atheists yet have developed elaborate rituals through the centuries. In China Hsun Tzu and Confucius exalted the role of ritual (Li) even when they themselves may have harbored doubts about the supernatural. Question (in three parts): 1. What is the most important function of ritual? 2. What is it about ritual that makes it such a central aspect of religion, and perhaps the most important aspect? 3. In what sense can it be said that not God or gods but ritual is the true creator of humanity and society and the most significant element in religon? (For this question you must read Livingston, Chapter 5, “Sacred Ritual”; Pals chapters on Durkheim and Eliade; Geertz’s discussion of ritual at the top of page 272 in Pals is also quite useful in thinking about this question, as well as skimming “Religion as a Cultural System” posted on Canvas for references to ritual, the essay which is the basis for Pals’s exposition of Geertz).