Assignment: Patient Advocacy
Nurses can be crucial in assessing program/policy evaluation for the same reasons that they can be crucial in program/policy design. Nurses bring expertise and patient advocacy to the table, which can provide significant insight and impact. In this Assignment, you will practice applying your knowledge and insight by selecting an existing healthcare program or policy evaluation and reflecting on the criteria used to assess the program’s or policy’s effectiveness.
To Get Ready:
Examine the Healthcare Program/Policy Evaluation Analysis Template in the Resources section.
Choose an existing community, state, or federal policy evaluation or one of interest to you and get permission from your instructor to use it.
Examine local, state, or federal policy evaluations and consider the criteria used to assess the effectiveness of the program or policy described.
Fill out the Healthcare Program/Policy Evaluation Analysis Template based on the program or policy evaluation you chose. Make certain to address the following:
Describe the outcomes of the healthcare program or policy.
How was the program’s or policy’s success measured?
How many people were reached by the chosen program or policy?
How much of an impact did the chosen program or policy have?
When did the program or policy evaluation occur during program implementation?
What data was used to evaluate the program or policy?
What specific data on unintended consequences was discovered?
What stakeholders were identified during the program or policy evaluation? Who would benefit the most from the program or policy evaluation’s findings and reporting? Provide specifics and examples.
Was the program or policy’s original intent and objectives met? What is your reasoning?
Would you recommend putting this program or policy in place at your workplace? What is your reasoning?
Identify at least two ways in which you, as a nurse advocate, could participate in evaluating a program or policy one year after its implementation.
Within 5 years, use APA format with references.
You should proofread your paper. However, do not rely solely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part, and your grade will suffer as a result. Papers with a high number of misspelled words and grammatical errors will be penalized. Before submitting your paper, go over it in silence and then aloud, and make any necessary changes. It is often beneficial to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Uncorrected mistakes are preferable to handwritten corrections.
Use a standard 10 to 12 point typeface (10 to 12 characters per inch). Smaller or compressed type, as well as papers with narrow margins or single spacing, are difficult to read. It is preferable to allow your essay to exceed the recommended number of pages rather than attempting to compress it into fewer pages.
Large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are also unacceptable, waste trees, and will not fool your professor.
The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced, and have a one-inch margin on all four sides of each page. When submitting hard copies, use white paper and print with dark ink. It will be difficult to follow your argument if it is difficult to read your essay.