Develop a plan for influencing votes of legislators on nurse-patient ratios


Develop a plan for influencing votes of legislators on nurse-patient ratios




3) READ the following:

? Abood, S. (2007). Influencing health care in the legislative arena. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 12(1), 12 pp.

Article is available as FULLTEXT in CINAHL OR CLICK on the following link: Retrieved from

? Aikan, L.H., Sloane, D.M., Cimiotti, J.P., Clarke, S.P., Flynn, L., Seago, J.A., Spetz, J., & Smith, H. (2010, April 9). Implications of the California nurse staffing mandate for other states. Health Services Research. Retrieved from (CLICK on PDF file: CA STAFFING MANDATE)

4) WRITE a two (2) page paper (minimum 500 words) using the two (2) articles above (Abood and Aikan et al.) as references

a) You have read the results of the research paper (Aikan et al.) on staffing ratios, and you decided that you want your state legislature to pass similar legislation on mandated nurse-patient ratios.

b) Review the article by Abood (see above). Also recommended: Chapter 11: The nurse as advocate. In K.K. Blais & J.S. Hayes (2010). Professional nursing practice: Concepts and perspectives (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

c) Using the above two (2) article(s), develop a plan for influencing votes of legislators on nurse-patient ratios. Title of paper: Mandating Nurse-Patient Ratios. You MUST include the following:

1. PAGE 1: Using the Abood article, describe the strategies and/or the œpower(s) you would use to assure that a busy legislator (who has staff members to œscreen visitors) will consider/see your information.

2. PAGE 2: ONE PAGE ONLY“BULLET POINTS ( ? ) information sheet. Using the Aikan article, compose a one (1) page legislator

information sheet on nurse-patient ratios (see Aikan et al.) for a busy state legislator who will only have time to read bullet points:

? Bullet points ( ? ) are brief, pertinent, accurate, research-and/or data based statements. Summarize and paraphrase. Be convincing! Describe outcomes that will advantage patient care. Citations are required for each of the bullet points. No more than one (1) page. NOTE: Bullet points can be easily inserted into a document using MS WORD).

d) In-text citations and a reference list MUST be found in your paper. See the Nursing Student Writing Guidelines Checklist for APA formatting.

e) EVALUATION: Paper: Advocacy & Nurse-Patient Ratio (500 words min) Critical Thinking Skills/Content

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