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Purpose: To investigate & integrate knowledge of advanced nursing practice, scholarly inquiry, & leadership by examining a policy at the level of clinical practice, health care systems, or public/social health policy. Students are to submit a paper between 7-10 pages long excluding title page and reference pages.

Policy Analysis Paper (30% of final grade)

Policy Analysis Paper Guidelines

Purpose: To investigate & integrate knowledge of advanced nursing practice, scholarly inquiry, & leadership by examining a policy at the level of clinical practice, health care systems, or public/social health policy. Students are to submit a paper between 7-10 pages long excluding title page and reference pages. Paper must be organized according to the guidelines below and should include all the identified sections as required. Paper must be completed in APA format and contain current scholarly sources dated from 2010 until current. The following may be selected as topics for this paper:

  • -Food and drug regulation
  • -Abortion clinic access
  • -Planned Parenthood funding
  • -Correctional health
  • -LGBTQ health
  • -Tobacco regulation
  • -Veterans health
  • -Medicaid
  • -Medicare
  • -Prescription drugs
  • -Managed health care
  • -Clean Air act
  • -Clean Water act
  • -NIH reauthorization
  • -Head Start
  • -Healthcare reform

Introduction 3 points

Generally define & describe the policy issue to be addressed. Identify the purpose of analysis, the targeted level of policy (i.e., clinical practice, health care systems, or public/social health) & significance of topic. Identify questions the policy analysis is intended to address.

Background 3 points

Provide details of the issue or problem, including its nature/scope, relevant literature & history, & the context within which the issue exists. Describe existing policy addressing the issue, if any. Discuss strengths & shortcomings in existing policy. Identify & describe key stakeholders (individuals & groups) that are or will be affected by the policy & why.

Analysis 9 points

Identify alternative policies to achieve objectives. Establish/identify criteria that will be used for selection of “best” policy. Evaluate each alternative & its potential impact relative to the healthcare & patient outcomes. Assess the trade-offs between alternatives.

Recommendations 6 points

Based on the analysis, identify the “best” alternative to address the current issue & policy situation. Provide rationale for selection. Describe possible strategies to implement selected alternative. Identify barriers to implementation of selected alternative. Describe methods to evaluate policy implementation.

Discussion 6 points

Discuss analysis & recommendations relative to the original questions identified, & the level of policy it is intended to address (i.e., clinical practice, health care systems, or public). Identify limitations of analysis. Discuss implications for practice, education, research, & policy-making.

Conclusion 1.5 points

Summarize findings & recommendations of analysis Identify questions to be addressed in future studies or policy analyses.

References 1.5 points

List all references cited in paper. Must be completed in APA format. Appendices Table displaying results of analysis, including, for example, a list of alternatives & the degree to which each alternative may be most effective. Other tables & appendices as needed to support analysis.

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