Policy analysis paper

Assignment 2: Policy Analysis Paper 100 points
Assignment 2 builds upon Assignment 1 in that you will be expanding the brief and writing an in-depth analysis of your issue. In this assignment, select the �point of view� you will represent in your written analysis. Policy analysis & recommendations are particularly (exclusively?) reliant on the perspective of the individual or organization making the case for or against the policy change. Rarely is there one right or one wrong way to proceed. Like other areas of public policy, health policy is a series of trade-offs, with different winners and losers depending on the issue at hand. You will need to select the organization you will represent for this assignment. For example you can be legislative staff, a hospital Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), a representative of a professional association, state board of nursing, or a government official. The following bullets should be used as headings for the paper. Your content will be placed under the bullets.
Identify the organization that you represent
1.Clearly identify the issue or problem that was presented in the policy brief. Expand upon its history.
2.Provide any evidence-based guidelines available (nursing or non-nursing) on the issue.
Key Policy Events [regulatory and legislative]. Does any previous legislation or regulation precede this particular issue? Focus on those aspects of the legislation or regulation that relate to financial and or reimbursement effects. Lists are often helpful in this section of the paper.
Financial Data. Provide financial data [either gathered from your facility or obtained in the literature], and apply the information to your issue � as a means of supporting your selection.
Key/Major Stakeholders. Identify and explain the implication of their views
Social, Economic, Ethical, Legal, and Political Factors. Identify the factors that may impact the various stakeholders or the decisions related to the issue. You are providing a context of your issue in this section, giving key demographic, financial and/or statistical information or noticeable trends of current studies that impact your issue. This is a substantial part of the analysis.
Policy intervention Options. Which options are available/relevant to this situation. Include whether there are any current legislative/regulation activities or proposals under consideration and how they relate or differ from what you are proposing/advocating. Offer alternative solutions and make sound reasons that support the alternatives you offer.
Proposed Recommendation. From the research and your analysis what is the recommendation you propose? You are making the recommendation based on the sound points and information provided in the preceding sections of your paper.
Conclusion
Provide at least 3 scholarly journal references that support the nursing implications of this issue. Limit web references as much as possible. If the bill does not address a specific nursing issue, provide at least 3 articles from scholarly journals on the bill’s topic.
Note: References should include a minimum of three peer reviewed articles as well as other sources. The paper should be a maximum of 10 pages, not including title page and reference page. (One point per page will be deducted if you go over the 10 page maximum).
The assignment is due according to the date posted in the Activities and Assignments Schedule. Two (2) points will be subtracted for each school day (Monday through Friday) the assignment is late.
Grading Rubric Assignment 2 – 100 points
30 24 18 12 6 0
Assignment Information Assignment is
explicit, focused, and includes all assignment criteria
Assignment is clear and maintains focus throughout. Minor lapses in focus or relevancy to assignment criteria Assignment is generally clear, explicitly stated, but has several lapses in focus and relevancy to assignment criteria Assignment loses focus, has major lapses in relevancy to assignment criteria
Assignment is unclear or confusing. Minimally meets assignment criteria
Does not meet assignment criteria
25 20 15 10 5 0
Quality of Information Discussion is developed and is clearly supported by the literature. No lapses in logical progression of information. Contains specific, well developed information. It includes several supporting details and/or examples
There are minor lapses in either the development of the discussion or in the support by the literature. No lapses in logical progression of information. It includes some supporting details and/or examples
There are minor lapses in both the development of the discussion and in the support by the literature. It includes some supporting details and/or examples
There are major lapses in either the development of the discussion or in the support by the literature. No lapses in logical progression of information. It includes minimal supporting details and/or examples
There are major lapses in both the development of the discussion and in the support by the literature. No lapses in logical progression of information. It includes minimal supporting details and/or examples
Discussion of
Information lacks organization
5 4 3 2 1 0
Sources All references are from relevant peer-reviewed sources, within a 5 year time frame or are classic sources.
The majority of references is from relevant peer-reviewed sources, within a 5 year time frame or are classic sources. Some references are from non-peer-reviewed sources or are older than 5 years. Majority of references is from non-peer-reviewed sources or are older than 5 years. Minimal use of peer-reviewed sources. Majority of references are older than 5 years, or course textbooks. Major lapses in citation of references using APA format No use of sources
30 24 18 12 6 0
Quality of Writing Information is very organized with well-constructed paragraphs and subheadings. Skillful use of precise and purposeful vocabulary. Skillful use of sentence fluency.
Information from references is paraphrased.
Minor lapses in either organization or paragraph construction. Vocabulary is precise and purposeful Minor lapses in sentence fluency. Majority of information from references is paraphrased. Direct quotes are used sparingly. Minor lapses in both organization and paragraph construction. Minor lapses in sentence fluency. Majority of information from references is paraphrased. Some use of direct quotes. Major lapses in either organization or paragraph construction. Major lapses in sentence fluency. Information from references is paraphrased and direct quotes are used in equal proportion. Major lapses in both organization and paragraph construction. Many grammatical, spelling, and formatting errors. Minimal use of sentence fluency. Majority of information from references is quoted directly with minimal use of paraphrasing. Incomplete or Illegible. Majority of information from references is direct quotes.
10 8 6 4 2 0
APA Skillful and proficient use of APA formatting of text. References are cited correctly
using APA
format Minimal problems with APA formatting of text or minor lapses in citation of references using APA format There are minor lapses in APA formatting of text and citation of references using APA format There are major problems with APA formatting of text or major lapses in citation of references using APA format There are major lapses in APA formatting of text and citation of references using APA format No use of APA formatting or reference citation