What choices/options does the Decision Maker have when they hear your proposal?

C159 Rubric Tips Explaining each section of the Policy Proposal Paper Part A In this section you’ll explain your rationale for the problem and your policy idea. A1- Public Policy Issue This section serves as a brief introduction to your paper. In two or three sentences, describe the Problem you are trying to solve. Then clearly state your policy idea in a single sentence (or two at the most). A1a – Issue Selection In a few sentences, write about why you selected this issue. Why is it a problem for your community, your state, or the nation? A1b – Issue Relevance In a few paragraphs (2 – 4), write about why this issue is important to the public. Why should this issue be addressed as a public policy? Be sure to use at least two citations from academically appropriate literature. “Academically appropriate literature” includes articles from peer-reviewed professional journals, published within the last 5 years. The literature can support Why your issue is a problem, or you can use articles that support the actual policy idea. A1c – Financial Impact In a few sentences, discuss the financial impact of your policy on the healthcare system. In general terms you may discuss what types of things would cost money (and time and effort) and then discuss the positive impact the policy would have on health. For example, if your policy idea is to improve staffing, you can discuss how it would cost money to hire more nurses; however, the positive financial impact, over time, would be: reduced turnover, improved job satisfaction, and better patient outcomes. As a result, money will be saved and reimbursements will increase. A2 – Personal Values In a few sentences, discuss how your own personal/professional values relate to this policy idea. You may write in 1st person language in this section and in other sections that ask you for your personal perspective. A2a – Ethical Principle In about a paragraph, discuss an ethical principle or theory relative to your policy topic. You can find a list of Nursing Ethical Principles and Theories in the “Ethical Theories Applied to Nurses’ Policy Positions” unit of the Course of Study (COS). In this section, there is a link to a handout from the ANA, which identifies and defines nursing Ethical Principles. We suggest you pick one from this list and describe how that nursing ethical principle could apply to your proposed policy. The ANA Ethical Theories and Principles document can also be found here: http://nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/EthicsStandards/Resources/Ethics-Definitions.pdf Part B: The Top-Down Approach In this section, you’ll discuss your plan for going directly to a Decision Maker and asking them to set a mandate for policy change. B1 – Decision Maker In one sentence, identify the decision maker for the proposed policy. You must write a real name and actual title of the person. The cohort video explains how to determine who your decision maker should be. B1a – Explanation In about a paragraph, briefly summarize why this policy is important (summarize the main points from Part A of your paper). Then, in a sentence or two, explain why you selected your Decision Maker. Be sure to use at least two nursing articles to support why this policy idea is important. Nursing articles include articles published in Nursing journals, or articles published in other professional journals as long as at least one author is a nurse. It’s fine to use references that you used in earlier sections, but you must include at least 2 citations to nursing articles in this section! B2 – Challenges In a few sentences, discuss some of the challenges you think the decision maker may face in trying to get the bill passed into law (or made into a “mandated” policy). These are often objections raised by lobbyists, groups, and members of the public who are opposed to the policy. B3 – Options What choices/options does the Decision Maker have when they hear your proposal? We usually recommend that students try to identify 3 options. The first option is to do nothing. The decision maker has the option of reading your policy proposal and deciding to leave things as they are (the status quo). A second option for the decision maker is to set a different policy. In this case, it might be that the decision maker decides to require some alternative, or part-way, measure. A third option might be to support and pass your policy proposal. Be sure to provide a brief assessment of each option. Why would the option be a good one? Or not? B4 – Course of Action In about a paragraph, discuss the challenges you talked about in B2 and talk about what the decision maker could do to address each of these challenges. For example, if one of the challenges is that the general public and other lawmakers may not understand the health risks and importance of vaccines, you might recommend that your Decision Maker invite the State Epidemiologist to the public hearing to present information

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