Describe the current policy or health policy issue and specify how it would impact nursing or healthcare.

The purpose of this assignment is for you to identify an issue of concern for your role as an advanced practice nurse (Family Nurse Practitioner) and to formulate a potential policy change to address that issue.

There are many potential issues which can influence your practice setting or other issue which may negatively affect the patients with whom you work. All of the course reading will help you to identify a topic for this assignment.

You can think about the issue as related to your health promotion project (Implementing the GINA Guidelines in the development of a childhood asthma management program). The policy you consider may be in reaction to the health promotion issue or something larger that is still related to that issue. There are hundreds of possible issues, but here is a list of a few to consider:

Child and elder care
Civil rights

Domestic violence
Drug abuse/addiction
Native American and migrant workers’ health
Long-term care
Immigration/illegal aliens
Legislative issues affecting advanced practice nursing
Barriers to practice
Access to care

As you begin to work on the possible policy change: the following ideas and steps should be considered:

Definition and description of the issue
Exploration of the background of the issue

Issue statement or statement of clarity
Possible methods of addressing the issue
Goals and options for changes

Risks and benefits of the changes
Evaluation methodology
Recommendation or solution

Grading Criteria Maximum Points
Identify the type of legislation, such as state, federal, scope of practice, reimbursement, loan repayment, or others. 20
Review of the literature consists of a minimum of 3–4 peer-reviewed articles and 6–7 other outside sources. 30
Describe the current policy or health policy issue and specify how it would impact nursing or healthcare. 10

Describe the specific aspects of the proposed policy or policy change. 20
Identify the individuals who would benefit from the policy change and explain where support for the change would be found. 20

Describe the impact of the policy change on nursing practice and health care. 10
Provide an analysis of the policy from your point of view and how this will influence your practice. 20

Uses good writing skills, appropriate grammar, and application of APA formatting throughout paper, citations, and references. 10
Total: 140