Legal/Regulatory Issue Assignment
Guidelines with Scoring Rubric
Purpose
Nursing administrators are often called upon to provide descriptive, factual, and unbiased information on a current nursing topic of interest as a foundation for group discussions. This sometimes happens as part of strategic planning. The purpose of this assignment is two-fold. The first purpose is to investigate a current issue and/or trend in nursing and its relationship to current or pending legislation, regulatory standards, nursing standards of practice, and the impact of the trend on organization and patient care quality and safety. The second purpose is to provide an opportunity to engage in a specific form of scholarly inquiry, expository writing. (CO2, CO3, CO4, CO5)
Course Outcomes
Through this assignment, the student will demonstrate the ability to do the following.
(CO2) Evaluate human resource theories and processes, including implementation of professional practice models and strategies in healthcare settings to support a caring environment. (PO2, PO3, & PO5)
(CO3) Appraise the effects of strategies to reduce costs and improve the quality and safety of healthcare. (PO1 & PO4)

(CO4) Organize legal and regulatory components of healthcare strategies to promote safety and quality care. (PO1 & PO4)

(CO5) Synthesize and communicate research findings to promote quality improvement and safety in healthcare. (PO1& PO4)

Due Date: Sunday 11:59 p.m. MT at the end of Week 5
Total Points Possible: 200
PREPARING THE PAPER
Nursing administrators have a responsibility to remain current with knowledge of emerging trends in healthcare and their potential impact on nursing practice, safe and quality patient care, and on the costs, risks and/or benefits to the organization. How these trends or issues translate into practice is often determined by legal and regulatory actions as well nursing standards of practice.
The focus of the quarterly regional meeting of your state nurses’ association is on current issues/trends affecting nursing practice. The meeting will be divided into three group forums, each focused on a different trend/issue. You have been asked to provide a short paper on one of the current trends/issues occurring in healthcare delivery that will be the focus of one of the group forums.
Trends and Issues in Current Nursing Practice
1. Telehealth/Telemedicine
2. Mandatory Overtime
3. Patient Violence to Nursing
For this assignment, you will select one of the three topics above about which you will develop an expository type of essay to be shared among the members of the group forum. (An expository essay is one that presents factual, unbiased information on a subject.) Each section provides calls for specific and factual information about the topic with one section at the end for your opinion and rationale based on your findings from your exploration. Therefore, following the provided outline/format provided is key to a successfully written paper.
REQUIREMENTS:
1. Use the following format outline/template for your paper to complete your assignment. Bold-type is used here for emphasis only. Follow the guidelines for use of bold-type and headings using the most current edition of the APA manual. Notice there is NO HEADING for the introductory paragraph and the title of the paper should be at the beginning just before the introductory paragraph. There is also no running head.

Legal/Regulatory Issue Assignment (Paper title)

Statement of paper’s purpose
Rationale for choosing the trend for exploration
Overview of what will be included in the paper

Trend/Issue
Thorough description of chosen trend/issue
Prevalence in healthcare, your state, and your organization

Current Legal and Regulatory Status

Current and/or pending legislative actions described
Current and/or pending regulatory agency actions described

Impact on Nursing Practice

State Board of Nursing Position
Relationship to Standards of Practice

Patient Impact
Impact on patient safety and quality of care
Two examples of positive impact
Two examples of negative impact with strategy for mitigation

Organization Impact

Impact of topic on organization clearly articulated
Costs to organization in human and material resources
Potential liability risks with strategy for mitigation
Potential benefits to the organization

Personal Position

Personal position with rationale on the trend/issue based on exploration
Two strategies to use to advocate for or against the trend/issue

Conclusion
A restatement of the paper’s purpose
A summary of what was covered in the paper

2. A minimum of three (3) scholarly sources, no older than 5 years must be used for the paper. These should be relevant to nursing and should represent most of the evidence provided in the paper. Other sources, such as textbooks, may be used in addition to these; however, they will not be counted as part of the scholarly source requirement.
3. The paper should contain all elements required under the requirements and provided by the outline.
4. The outline provided should be followed for organizing the paper. Remember, the introduction does not have a heading.
5. Paper length is 4-5 pages, excluding title and reference pages.
6. Microsoft (MS) Word is required for completing the assignment per Chamberlain policy. The paper should be written in third person, active voice.
7. The assignment is graded on quality of written communication using standard English grammar, sentence structure, use of scholarly evidence, and organization based on the required components. Quality is also measured by completeness of required content elements of the assignment

Category Points % Description
Introduction 20 10% • Statement of paper’s purpose
• Rationale for choosing trend for exploration
• Overview of what will be included in the paper
Trend/Issue 25 12.5% • Thorough description of chosen trend/issue
• Prevalence of trend/issue in healthcare
• Prevalence of trend/issue in your state
• Prevalence of trend in your organization
Current Legal and Regulatory Status 25 12.5% • Current and/or pending legislative actions described
• Current and/or pending regulatory agency actions described
Impact on Nursing Practice 25 12.5% • State Board of Nursing Position
• Relationship to Standards of Practice
• Impact on nursing administrator’s role and responsibility
Patient Impact 25 12.5% • Impact of trend/issue on patient safety and quality clearly articulated
• Two examples of positive impact
• Two examples of negative impact with strategy for mitigation
Organizational Impact Statement 25 12.5% • Impact of trend on organization clearly articulated
• Costs to organization in human and material resources
• Potential liability risks with strategy for mitigation
• Potential benefits to the organization
Personal Position 25 12.5% • Personal position with rationale on the trend/issue based on exploration is substantively and clearly articulated
• Two strategies to use to advocate for or against the trend/issue
Conclusion 15 7.5% • A restatement of the paper’s purpose
• A summary of what was covered in the paper.
Scholarly inquiry and communication 15 7.5% • Minimum of three scholarly, relevant (within 5 years), empirical sources provide to support content
• Ideas and information from other sources are cited correctly.
• Text, title page, and references are consistent with APA format
• Paper length 4-5 pages excluding title and reference pages

Total 200 100
A quality assignment will meet or exceed all of the above requirements.

GRADING RUBRIC
Assignment Criteria Exceptional
(100%)
Outstanding or highest level of performance Exceeds
(88%)
Very good or high level of performance Meets
(80%)
Competent or satisfactory level of performance Needs Improvement
(38%)
Poor or failing level of performance Developing
(0)
Unsatisfactory level of performance
Content
Possible Points = 185 Points
Introduction 20 Points 17 Points 16 Points 7 Points 0 Points
All elements are present and accurately and clearly stated

• Statement of paper’s purpose
• Rationale for choosing trend for exploration
• Overview of what will be included in the paper
All elements are present and clearly stated with few inaccuracies/or only two elements accurately presented

• Statement of paper’s purpose
• Rationale for choosing trend for exploration
• Overview of what will be included in the paper
One of three elements is present and accurately stated

• Statement of paper’s purpose
• Rationale for choosing trend for exploration
• Overview of what will be included in the paper
All elements are present and generally stated

• Statement of paper’s purpose
• Rationale for choosing trend for exploration
• Overview of what will be included in the paper
No elements are present

• Statement of paper’s purpose
• Rationale for choosing trend for exploration
• Overview of what will be included in the paper

Trend/Issue 25 Points 22 Points 20 Points 10 Points 0 Points
All elements are present and accurately and clearly stated

• Thorough description of chosen trend/issue
• Prevalence of trend/issue in healthcare
• Prevalence of trend/issue in your state
• Prevalence of trend/issue in your organization All elements are present and clearly stated with few inaccuracies/or only three elements accurately presented

• Thorough description of chosen trend/issue
• Prevalence of trend/issue in healthcare
• Prevalence of trend/issue in your state
• Prevalence of trend/issue in your organization Two of four elements are accurately and clearly stated

• Thorough description of chosen trend/issue
• Prevalence of trend/issue in healthcare
• Prevalence of trend/issue in your state
• Prevalence of trend/issue in your organization One of four elements are accurately and clearly stated/or all are present and generally stated
• Thorough description of chosen trend/issue
• Prevalence of trend/issue in healthcare
• Prevalence of trend/issue in your state
• Prevalence of trend/issue in your organization No elements are present
• Thorough description of chosen trend/issue
• Prevalence of trend/issue in healthcare
• Prevalence of trend/issue in your state
• Prevalence of trend/issue in your organization
Current Legal and Regulatory Status 25 Points 22 Points 20 Points 10 Points 0 Points
All elements are present and accurately and clearly stated

• Current and/or pending legislative actions described
• Current and/or pending regulatory agency actions described
All elements are present and clearly stated with few inaccuracies

• Current and/or pending legislative actions described
• Current and/or pending regulatory agency actions described
One of two elements is present and accurately and clearly stated

• Current and/or pending legislative actions described
• Current and/or pending regulatory agency actions described
All elements are present are generally stated

• Current and/or pending legislative actions described
• Current and/or pending regulatory agency actions described
No elements are present

• Current and/or pending legislative actions described
• Current and/or pending regulatory agency actions described

Impact on Nursing Practice 25 Points 22 Points 20 Points 10 Points 0 Points
All elements are present and accurately and clearly stated

• State Board of Nursing Position
• Relationship to Standards of Practice
• Impact on nursing administrator’s role and responsibility All elements are present and clearly stated with few inaccuracies/or only two elements accurately presented

• State Board of Nursing Position
• Relationship to Standards of Practice
• Impact on nursing administrator’s role and responsibility One of three elements is present and accurately and clearly stated

• State Board of Nursing Position
• Relationship to Standards of Practice
• Impact on nursing administrator’s role and responsibility All elements are present are generally stated

• State Board of Nursing Position
• Relationship to Standards of Practice
• Impact on nursing administrator’s role and responsibility No elements are present

• State Board of Nursing Position
• Relationship to Standards of Practice
• Impact on nursing administrator’s role and responsibility
Patient Impact 25 Points 22 Points 20 Points 10 Points 0 Points
All elements are present and accurately and clearly stated

• Impact of trend/issue on patient safety and quality clearly articulated
• Two examples of positive impact
• Two examples of negative impact with strategy for mitigation All elements are present and clearly stated with few inaccuracies/or only two elements accurately presented
• Impact of trend/issue on patient safety and quality clearly articulated
• Two examples of positive impact
• Two examples of negative impact with strategy for mitigation One of three elements is present and accurately and clearly stated
• Impact of trend/issue on patient safety and quality clearly articulated
• Two examples of positive impact
• Two examples of negative impact with strategy for mitigation All elements are present are generally stated

• Impact of trend/issue on patient safety and quality clearly articulated
• Two examples of positive impact
• Two examples of negative impact with strategy for mitigation No elements are present

• Impact of trend/issue on patient safety and quality clearly articulated
• Two examples of positive impact
• Two examples of negative impact with strategy for mitigation

Organizational Impact Statement 25 Points 22 Points 20 Points 10 Points 0 Points
All elements are present and accurately and clearly stated

• Impact of trend on organization clearly articulated
• Costs to organization in human and material resources
• Potential liability risks with strategy for mitigation
• Potential benefits to the organization
All elements are present and clearly stated with few inaccuracies/or only three elements accurately presented

• Impact of trend on organization clearly articulated
• Costs to organization in human and material resources
• Potential liability risks with strategy for mitigation
• Potential benefits to the organization Two of four elements are present and accurately stated; or all elements generally stated

• Impact of trend on organization clearly articulated
• Costs to organization in human and material resources
• Potential liability risks with strategy for mitigation
• Potential benefits to the organization One of four elements are present and accurately stated; or all elements generally stated

• Impact of trend on organization clearly articulated
• Costs to organization in human and material resources
• Potential liability risks with strategy for mitigation
• Potential benefits to the organization No elements are present

• Impact of trend on organization clearly articulated
• Costs to organization in human and material resources
• Potential liability risks with strategy for mitigation
• Potential benefits to the organization
Personal Position 25 Points 22 Points 20 Points 10 Points 0 Points
All elements are present and accurately and clearly stated

• Personal position with rationale on the trend/issue based on exploration substantive and clearly articulated

• Two strategies to use to advocate for or against the trend/issue

All elements are present and clearly stated with few inaccuracies

• Personal position with rationale on the trend/issue based on exploration substantive and clearly articulated
• Two strategies to use to advocate for or against the trend/issue
Two of three elements are present and
accurately stated

• Personal position with rationale on the trend/issue based on exploration substantive and clearly articulated
• Two strategies to use to advocate for or against the trend/issue
One of three elements are present and accurately stated; or all elements generally stated
• Personal position with rationale on the trend/issue based on exploration substantive and clearly articulated
• Two strategies to use to advocate for or against the trend/issue
No elements are present

• Personal position with rationale on the trend/issue based on exploration substantive and clearly articulated
• Two strategies to use to advocate for or against the trend/issue

Conclusion 15 Points 13 Points 12 Points 6 Points 0 Points
All elements are present and accurately and clearly stated

• A restatement of the paper’s purpose
• A summary of what was covered in the paper. All elements are present and clearly stated with few inaccuracies

• A restatement of the paper’s purpose
• A summary of what was covered in the paper. One of two elements is present and accurately and clearly stated

• A restatement of the paper’s purpose
• A summary of what was covered in the paper. All elements are present and generally stated
• A restatement of the paper’s purpose
• A summary of what was covered in the paper. No elements are present

• A restatement of the paper’s purpose
• A summary of what was covered in the paper.
Content Subtotal ______ of 185
Writing Mechanics and Format
Possible Points = 15 points
Scholarly inquiry and communication 15 points 13 points 12 points 6 points 0 points
All elements present with no errors

• Minimum of three scholarly, relevant (within 5 years), empirical sources provide to support content
• Ideas and information from other sources are cited correctly.
• Text, title page, and references are consistent with APA format
• Paper length 4-5 pages excluding title and reference pages
All elements present with up to 2 errors

• Minimum of three scholarly, relevant (within 5 years), empirical sources provide to support content
• Ideas and information from other sources are cited correctly.
• Text, title page, and references are consistent with APA format
• Paper length 4-5 pages excluding title and reference pages
All elements present with 3-4 errors

• Minimum of three scholarly, relevant (within 5 years), empirical sources provide to support content
• Ideas and information from other sources are cited correctly.
• Text, title page, and references are consistent with APA format
• Paper length 4-5 pages excluding title and reference pages

All elements present with 5 errors

• Minimum of three scholarly, relevant (within 5 years), empirical sources provide to support content
• Ideas and information from other sources are cited correctly.
• Text, title page, and references are consistent with APA format
• Paper length 4-5 pages excluding title and reference pages
All elements present with more than 5 errors

• Minimum of three scholarly, relevant (within 5 years), empirical sources provide to support content
• Ideas and information from other sources are cited correctly.
• Text, title page, and references are consistent with APA format
• Paper length 4-5 pages excluding title and reference pages

Format Subtotal _____ of 15 points
Total Points _____ of 200 points

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