Identify and describe practice barriers for APNs in your state and discuss these barriers on a state and national level.  Identify forms of competition on the state and national level that interfere with APN’s ability to practice independently.  Identify the lawmakers at the state level (i.e., key members of the state’s legislative branch and executive branch of government)  Discuss interest groups that exist at the state and national levels that influence APN policy.  Discuss methods used to influence change in policy in forms of competition, state legislative and executive branches of government and interest groups. 

Week 1: Barriers to Practice (Orig Post due Wednesday, Responses due Sunday)

Purpose 

Discuss barriers to practice as an APN in one’s state from both a state and national perspective.  Research methods to influence policy change from various forms of competition, state legislative and executive branches of government and interest groups. 

Activity Learning Outcomes 

Through this discussion, the student will demonstrate the ability to: 

  1. Discuss the history of policy development and policy making in nursing (CO1) 
  2. Examine different types of policy and their relationships to healthcare policy (CO1) 
  3. Explain current barriers to practice for advanced practice nurses (CO2) 
  4. Discuss health policy and methods of lifting barriers to practice (CO2) 

Due DateWednesday by 11:59pm MT of Week 1 

Initial responses to the discussion topic must be posted by Wednesday 11:59pm MT. Two additional posts to peers and/or faculty are due by Sunday at 11:59pm MT. The two posts in each individual discussion must be on separate days. Posting twice on two different days meets the minimum requirement however for full credit, the student must post at least three substantive posts on three different days. The student must provide an initial post to each graded discussion topic posted by the course instructor, by Wednesday11:59 p.m. MT of Week 1. Subsequent posts, including essential responses to peers, must occur no later than the Sunday, 11:59 p.m. MT at the end of Week 1.Students are expected to submit assignments by the time they are due. Threaded discussions are not considered assignments and are not part of the late assignment policy. 

A 10% late penalty will be imposed for discussions posted after the deadline on Wednesday of week 1 by 11:59PM MST, regardless of the number of days late. NOTHING will be accepted after 11:59pm MT on Sunday (i.e. student will receive an automatic 0). Week 8 discussion closes on Saturday at 11:59pm MT. 

Total Points Possible100 

Requirements: 

Using the readings from this week as well as outside reliable resources to: 

  1. Identify and describe practice barriers for APNs in your state and discuss these barriers on a state and national level. 
  2. Identify forms of competition on the state and national level that interfere with APNs ability to practice independently. 
  3. Identify the lawmakers at the state level (i.e., key members of the state’s legislative branch and executive branch of government) 
  4. Discuss interest groups that exist at the state and national levels that influence APN policy. 
  5. Discuss methods used to influence change in policy in forms of competition, state legislative and executive branches of government and interest groups. 
DISCUSSION CONTENT 
Category  Points  %  Description 
Practice Barriers 

 

15  15%  Provides relevant evidence of scholarly inquiry clearly stating how the evidence describes APN barriers to practice. Uses valid, relevant, and reliable outside sources to contribute to the threaded discussion. 
Competition  15  15%  Provides relevant evidence of scholarly inquiry clearly stating the forms of competition to APN practice. Uses valid, relevant, and reliable outside sources to contribute to the threaded discussion. 
Key Law Makers  15  15%  Provides relevant evidence of scholarly inquiry in identifying law makers at the state level. Uses valid, relevant, and reliable outside sources to contribute to the threaded discussion. 
Interest Groups  15  15%  Provides relevant evidence of scholarly inquiry at identifying interest groups at the state and national level. Uses valid, relevant, and reliable outside sources to contribute to the threaded discussion. 
Methods to Influence Change  15  15%  Provides relevant evidence of scholarly inquiry of methods used to influence a change to eliminate barriers. 

Uses valid, relevant, and reliable outside sources to contribute to the threaded discussion. 

  75  75%  Total CONTENT Points= 75 pts 
DISCUSSION FORMAT 
Category  Points  %  Description 
Interactive Dialogue  20  20%  4 Required Elements: 

  • Responds a minimum of two other posts to peers and/or faculty in the threaded discussion;
  • Responses to peer/faculty are substantive (adds importance, depth, and meaningfulness to the discussion)
  • Responds to all direct questions from faculty (if no question asked directly, student responded to questions posed to the entire class)
  • Summarizes what was learned from the lesson, readings, and other student posts for the week. The summary could be included in one of the three minimum posts.
Grammar, Syntax, Spelling, & Punctuation  5  5%  Grammar, syntax, spelling, and punctuation are accurate 
  25  25%  Total FORMAT Points= 25 pts 
  100  100%  DISCUSSION TOTAL=100 points 
 
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