Letter to a Federal Legislator

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Analyze U.S. healthcare policy structures and the role of the nursing leader as a change agent at the public policy table.

Directions

You will decide on a policy issue that needs to be addressed. You may choose a policy issue that interests you. Below are suggested topics for proposed policy change, however if you wish to address another topic please contact your instructor for approval:

  • Treatment of veterans after deployment and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Cost of end of life care.
  • Costs of drugs in the United States as compared to other countries.
  • Quarantine of health care workers that have been exposed to communicable diseases.
  • Medical care for illegal immigrants.
  • Right to die with euthanasia methods.
  • Disclosure of medical records of pilots and other safety sensitive professionals and HIPAA violations.
  • Restrictions of roles of nurse practitioners and advanced practice nurses in certain states.
  • Health care reform.
  • Requirements of meaningful use to meet core measures.
  • ICD-10 issues.
  • Entry into practice issues.
  • Mandatory vaccination of children.
  • Allowing nurses educated in other countries to practice in the United States.
  • Faculty shortages in U.S. nursing education programs.

You will write a letter using professional business format to one of your Federal legislators outlining what the issue is and why it is important. The letter will address:

  • The current policy structure: Current policy structure is discussed in detail.
  • The need for the change: Need for policy change is discussed in detail.
  • The suggested change: Suggested policy change is discussed in detail.
  • Cost implications if the change is implemented: Cost implications are discussed in detail.
  • The role the nurse as a change agent will take at the policy table: Role of the nurse as a change agent at the policy table is discussed in detail.

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