Assignment: “Yes, I’m Serious” Campaign

Assignment: “Yes, I’m Serious” Campaign
Aiding important initiatives to gain state and national attention is an important part of professional nursing advocacy. One way to ensure effective advocacy is to contact and enlist the support of those in positions of power. In this Assignment, you will be presented with a typical “fill-in-the-blank” letter that often comes across the desks of those in the nursing profession. You will use this template to help further the “Yes, I’m Serious” Campaign and practice your skills in advocacy.
To prepare for this Assignment, review the following in this week’s Resources:
• The Week 4 Assignment: “Yes, I’m Serious” Campaign Word document
• The readings for this week, gleaning facts that would further your cause
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To complete the Assignment:
• Read through and fill out the designated parts of the ”Yes, I’m Serious” Campaign letter.
• Include relevant facts and opinions based on the Resources and your professional experiences.
• Include at least one scholarly reference within your letter. Assignment: “Yes, I’m Serious” Campaign.
Note: The “Yes, I’m Serious” Campaign is fictional, and letters should not be mailed.
Assignment Rubric:
1. First paragraph includes personal information and why this topic is of interest.
2. Second Paragraph includes facts. Facts supported by examples about the impact of the topic.
3. Third paragraph states the request. Concluding paragraph states what the writer would like to see as the outcome of the letter.
4. Include at least one scholarly reference within your letter.
 
Week 4 Assignment: “Yes, I’m Serious” Campaign
Having staffing issues in your facility? Get serious and take a stand!
You are receiving this letter as a dedicated nursing professional. We know you want to do the right thing for your patients, but time and the number of patients does not always allow for good-quality care. Please take a few minutes out of your hectic day and let your elected officials know—your patients deserve better care and you want to be able to provide that care for them. Complete the letter attached to this e-mail and submit it to your elected official. Yes, we can make a difference and, yes, we can improve the quality of the care we give. Let’s make nursing’s voice heard—loudly and clearly—let them know, “Yes, I’m Serious!”
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Yes, I’m Serious Campaign
 
Sample Letter to Representative or Senator
 
Date
Your Name
Your Address
Your City, State, Zip Code
Your E-mail
Your Phone Number
 
The Honorable_________________________
House of Representatives or United States Senate
Office Address of Representative or Senator
 
Dear Representative/Senator ____________________,
(In your first paragraph include personal information and why this topic is of interest to you) I am very fortunate to have been provided with an excellent education that prepared me for the future. I currently work as an (emergency room nurse) in your district and have seen the impact of a decrease in staffing in my (emergency room) and in (my hospital). Recently, I have become very concerned about the legislative impact of not having enough staff members to care for individuals obtaining (emergency room services). Nurses want to provide safe, quality care to the patients that entrust us with their lives. As a government official, I am sure that you share many of these concerns. Assignment: “Yes, I’m Serious” Campaign.
 
(Include facts) Research has shown that individuals experiencing a current change in health status may experience anxiety as well as the (emergent condition). For example, in (Iowa), it was found that an individual experiencing (chest pain) waited for (30 minutes to obtain emergency services in an emergency room bay); however, the heart attack was too far extended for the emergency room personnel to be able to save this individual’s life. The availability of adequate numbers of professional emergency room nurses to reach individuals in need of care, and begin to assist them as soon as they reach the emergency room, may save lives. Similar findings have been made in many other states across our country.
 
(State what you are asking for) I ask that you support the Yes, I’m Serious Campaign. In supporting this bill, funding will be provided that will support increased nurse staffing in all areas of hospitals, outpatient facilities, and nursing homes, as well as in other places where nurses practice. This is a very small price to invest in the future of our nation. All individuals should have the opportunity for needed health care services in a timely and effective manner and not be expected to wait once they reach (emergency services) to receive needed health care. I believe that in supporting this bill you will impact the lives of countless members of our community. Assignment: “Yes, I’m Serious” Campaign.
 
Sincerely,
 
(Signature)
Your Name
Assignment: “Yes, I’m Serious” Campaign

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