NUR533 ETHICS AND POPULATION HEALTH
M5D1: Taking Action: The Social and Material Determinants of Health and Everyday Encounters
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See the problem and doing something about it!The focus of this discussion are the opportunities for the master’s prepared nurse to identify within his or her practice, the social and material determinants of health that contribute to health disparities. In other words, tell us what you see and what you believe is the root cause of it!
This involves developing a heightened sense of awareness of these variables and in essence, bearing witness to them so that you are spurred on to take action in your work in social policy and in your role as an advocate. (These aspects of the role of the masters prepared nurses were discussed in Module 2.)
The assignment builds on the content of the module in that it asks you to apply what you learned within the context of your everyday experience of work. The essence of this is to ask you to see beyond the tasks of your daily work experiences and make explicit your understanding and recognition of the reality of the lives of the individuals you work with and how their health is the outcome of social and material determinants.
To prepare for your discussion, please complete all required reading and viewing, including the Module Notes, prior to continuing. You may also want to review the reading and viewing from Modules 2 and 4.
This discussion asks you to recognize and identify the population based adverse health outcomes that you’ve seen in your practice as a nurse and discuss how they are the outcome of specific social and material determinants of health and how they result in health disparities.
Please address the following:
Describe a population-based health problem that you’ve encountered in your practice as a nurse. Share detail about the problem:
Who are the individuals affected? (Describe the population.)
How significant is the problem?
Explain what you believe are the social and material determinants of health that contribute to these disparities. Base this explanation on your readings and include appropriate citations. For example, if the problem is non-adherence to medications and worsening illness, could it be that low health literacy is the determinant or perhaps the inability to pay for the medications?
Based on your experience, what social and material conditions need to change to lessen the negative impact of the determinants you are describing?
Identify a social or health policy that influences or shapes the social and material determinants that you’ve identified.
Describe the opportunities for the masters prepared nurse to engage in political activism on behalf of positive change.
For your initial response, please be sure to address all of the above statements and/ or questions.
Use these EC Library and OWL resources for research assistance and to properly cite your work:
Master’s in Nursing Research Guide (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Plagiarism & Copyright (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Excelsior Library Writing Help (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
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Excelsior College Online Writing Lab (OWL) (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
How You Are Evaluated
You are expected to participate in academic conversations with peers and faculty to generate scholarly dialogue. Expectations for participation in the course discussions are described under the Discussion Rubric: Exploration, Spirit of Inquiry, and Engagement (interactions) when relating your experiences, opinions, viewpoints, and ideas supported by evidence.
Consult the Discussion Posting Guide for information about writing your discussion posts. It is recommended that you write your post in a document first. Check your work and correct any spelling or grammatical errors. When you are ready to make your initial post, click “Reply.” Then copy/paste the text into the message field, and click “Post Reply.”
To respond to a peer, click “Reply” beneath her or his post and continue as with an initial post.
This discussion will be graded using the discussion board rubric. Please review this rubric, located on the Rubrics page within the Start Here module of the course, prior to beginning your work to ensure your participation meets the criteria in place for this discussion. All discussions combined are worth 40% of your final course grade.
NUR533 ETHICS AND POPULATION HEALTH