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Your Policy Priority Issue Guidelines and Grading Rubric

Purpose
The purpose of this assignment is to: a) identify and
reflect upon key concepts related to your planning a policymaker call b)
provide empirical evidence to support new insights gained regarding your
healthcare policy issue and the policymaking process, and c) present ideas in a
clear, succinct, and scholarly manner.
Course Outcomes
This assignment enables the student to meet the following
course outcomes:

(CO#1) Analyze application of theories to the development of
policies that affect nursing and health care. (PO 9, 10)
(CO#3) Communicate with policymakers to advocate for
effective policies that affect nurses and nursing, consumers, or the health
care system. (PO 2, 3, 10)
(CO#4) Analyze the historical, ethical, and political
contexts of healthcare policy and the consequences of policy implementation.
(PO 6, 10)
(CO#6) Investigate the interrelationship between policy
decisions and evidence-based practice. (PO 4, 7, 10)

Due Date Sunday 11:59 p.m. MT at the end of Week 3

Total Points: 175 points
Requirements
Assignment Criteria for Presentation:
1. Provide an
introduction to your healthcare policy-priority issue and the title or name of
your legislator.

2. Articulate key
points under each of the Formulating a Healthcare Policy Ungraded Worksheet #1
sections.

3. Provide a
critique of empirical evidence that supports your chosen healthcare
policy-priority issue and analysis.

4. Demonstrate the
importance and impact of the chosen healthcare policy-priority issue to
nursing.

5. Provide concluding
statements summarizing the content.

6. The paper will
be a minimum of 4 pages and a maximum of five pages in length, in APA format
6th edition, excluding the title and reference page.

Preparing the Paper
After completing Formulating a Healthcare Policy Ungraded
Worksheet #1, address all areas on the worksheet in the body of a scholarly
paper. Include a minimum of five (5) classic or current references published
within the past 5 years.

Category
Points
%
Description
Introduction and Conclusion
35
20
Introduction clearly introduces your healthcare policy-
priority issue and the title or name of your designated legislator.

Concluding statements summarizing content.

Key Points
40
23
Identification of all key points of your healthcare
policy-priority issue (review sections of Healthcare Policy Ungraded Worksheet)
are clearly analyzed and fully articulated.
Empirical Evidence
40
23
Provide a critique of empirical evidence that supports your
chosen healthcare policy issue and analysis.
Impact and Importance to Nursing
35
20
Demonstrate the importance and impact of the chosen
healthcare policy issue to nursing.
APA Format
10
6
Text, title page, and references are consistent with APA
format.
Writing Quality
15
8
Rules of grammar, word usage, sentence, and paragraph format
and punctuation.
Total
175
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 =
150 Points
Introduction clearly introduces your healthcare
policy-priority issue. Concluding statements summarizing content are present.
35 Points
31 Points
28 Points
13 Points
0 Points
Introduction clearly introduces your healthcare
policy-priority issue and the title or name of your designated legislator.
Concluding statements summarizing content are present, clear, and well written.
Introduction introduces your healthcare policy-priority
issue and the name or title of your designated legislator. Concluding
statements summarizing content are present. Minor clarity or detail issues.
Introduction and conclusion are included; could include more
details such as a specific healthcare policy-priority issue that a legislator
could act upon or the name or title of the legislator; clarity or improvement
of format.
Lacking introduction or conclusion.
No attempt made at introduction or conclusion.
Identification of all key points of your healthcare
policy-priority issue are clearly analyzed and fully articulated.
40 Points
35 Points
32 Points
15 Points
0 Points
Key points are well described, and analysis is fully
articulated.
Key points are described with some lack of clarity, and/or
analysis is lacking detail or clarity.
Key points are not well described, and/or analysis is
lacking detail or clarity.
Key points or analysis is missing.
Key points and analysis is missing.
Empirical evidence supporting your healthcare
policy-priority issue is clearly critiqued.
40 Points
35 Points
32 Points
15 Points
0 Points
Empirical evidence supporting your healthcare policy-
priority issue is clearly critiqued in a comprehensive and accurate manner.
Empirical evidence supporting your healthcare policy-
priority issue is critiqued but lacking clarity or not substantive.
Empirical evidence supporting your healthcare policy-
priority issue is noted but not critiqued.
Empirical evidence supporting your healthcare policy
priority issue is lacking.
No attempt made at providing empirical evidence.
Your healthcare policy- priority issue clearly demonstrates
the impact and or importance of your issue to nursing or the intended impact to
patient outcomes.
35 Points
31 Points
28 Points
13 Points
0 Points
Impact to patient outcomes or nursing practice is thoroughly
discussed.
Impact to patient outcomes or nursing practice has rare
inaccuracy.
Impact to patient outcomes or nursing practice lacks
occasional important elements or specificity.
Impact to patient outcomes or nursing practice has multiple
instances of inaccuracies.
Impact to patient outcomes or nursing practice has multiple
instances of inaccuracies and is vague.
Content Subtotal _____of 150 points
Format Possible Points =
25 Points
APA Format: Text, title page, and reference page(s) are
completely consistent with APA format 6th edition.
10 Points
9 Points
8 Points
4 Points
0 Points
Paper is free from APA errors throughout.
There are 1-2 APA format errors in the text, title page,
and/or reference page(s)
There are 3-4 APA format errors in the text, title page,
and/or reference page(s)
There are 5 APA format errors in the text, title page,
and/or reference page(s)
There are 6 or more APA format errors in the text, title
page, and/or reference page(s)
Writing Quality: Paper is appropriate in length. References
include a minimum of 5 scholarly references excluding the course text. Rules of
grammar, spelling, word usage, and punctuation are consistent with formal
written work.
15 Points
13 Points
12 Points
6 Points
0 Points
Paper is appropriate in length. References include more than
the minimum number of scholarly references, excluding the course text. Rules of
grammar, spelling, word usage, and punctuation are consistent with formal
written work.
Paper is short/long in length and/or contains a minimum of
scholarly references excluding course text, or references utilized are not
scholarly. Rules of grammar, spelling, word usage, and punctuation are
consistent with formal written work with1-2 exceptions.
Paper is short/long in length and contains only 1 scholarly
reference. Additional references are not scholarly. Rules of grammar, spelling,
word usage, and punctuation are consistent with formal written work with 3-4
exceptions.
Paper is short/long two or more pages in length and does not
contain scholarly references. References utilized are not scholarly. Rules of
grammar, spelling, word usage, and punctuation are not followed with 5 errors.
Paper is short/long two or more pages in length and does not
contain scholarly references. References utilized are not scholarly. Rules of
grammar, spelling, word usage, and punctuation are not followed with 6 or more
errors.

Format Subtotal _____of
25 points
Total Points ____

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