Please follow these very Detailed instructions.
For the week 5 paper, please follow the assignment instructions carefully and review the rubric to determine which areas of the paper carry the greatest weight.
First, I suggest you have a heading for each of the bulleted statements in the instructions  (introduction, major contributions, opposing opinion, final position, conclusion).  That way you will be addressing all the required elements in a clear manner; I won’t have to assume, for example, that I’m reading your final position because the heading will set the stage for that.  Headings also help with transition from one section of the paper to another.
Second, review the rubric.  For example, the section on major contributions is worth 100 points of the total 300 points for the assignment…a third of the grade!  A single paragraph on contributions would not earn the full 100 points in this section, even if fairly well written.  I often see students writing one paragraph on contributions (worth 100 points) and one paragraph on the final position (worth 40 points).  These two topics are clearly not of the same value in the final grade.  Even the conclusion is a bit exceptional…30 points to summarize the major points of the paper AND identify a plan of action for the policy moving forward.
Now that you have analyzed many different aspects of health care policy, you are better able to form a comprehensive evidence-based opinion on its effectiveness. The policy you chose to focus on, like all policy, as you now well know, is a conglomeration of many different facets. Each of those facets is integral to the policy’s success, efficiency, and value.
As a nursing professional and advocate for change, having an all-inclusive understanding of health care policy is extremely important. Nurses have a tremendous amount of untapped power to make positive changes. Your knowledge of policy is just a first step. With this new process of breaking down and analyzing each of the pieces of health care policy, you have added another tool to your toolkit.
To complete this Assignment, consider all of your findings from the Discussion in Week 1 and the Assignments in Weeks 2 and 3. Analyze your research on the policy, including costs, quality, and/or safety issues.
Address the following: This is the bullet part:
1. Introduce the topic by drawing from your previous work. Introduce the policy by providing an overview of the suggested or implemented policy: background of the topic, including main elements of the policy, costs, and quality/safety. Assert your main thesis statement.
2. Offer an evidence-based, informed opinion in support of the suggested or implemented policy. Describe at least two major contributions that this policy makes to health care, nursing, or health outcomes. Provide support with at least three sources of evidence.
3. Discuss at least one opposing opinion to the suggested or implemented policy. Provide evidence and/or data to support the counterargument.
4. Present a final position on the policy. Support the final defensible argument with current literature.
Conclusion:
A. Restate your argument.
B. Provide a plan of action, but do not introduce new information. In total, your paper will be 4–5 pages in length, not including the title page or reference page.
SB 511 appears to be a harm reduction bill that decriminalizes distribution of drug paraphernalia for specific circumstances and by specific entities.  This bill was approved by the governor in April, and it allows the existence of NEPs/SSPs.  You can definitely use this law; one of your classmates is working successfully with a similar law from another state.  The key is NOT to focus on NEPs and SSPs but on the law that allows them to exist.  Your job thus is not to argue the benefits of NEPs, except indirectly; the purpose of the paper is to provide information on your policy, with the continued existence of NEPs in the state as a major contribution of the policy.
It’s not that you cannot provide information on NEPs, but that information needs to be linked clearly to the policy.
For example, you would need to make the point that because the policy doesn’t penalize Oklahoma residents for the distribution of paraphernalia in the identified circumstances, NEPs are able to improve the health of persons who use drugs by (identify the major contributions). As I’ve noted in my Blackboard announcements, students are not writing topic papers but addressing specific health policies, so the focus always needs to remain on the policy.  What are the benefits of the policy? You have to take one step back from the NEPs themselves and think about the contributions of this law.
Regarding costs as required in the week 5 assignment, please try to find information on the cost of enforcement of SB 511.  If you cannot locate that in state resources, then you could simply identify the sources searched (e.g., state department websites) and indicate that no specific cost information was available; however, as you can note in the paper, costs of enforcement and administration may be assumed.  You can include cost information for operation of an NEP, but that cannot be done to the exclusion of a policy discussion; for example, some points would be deducted if cost information were only provided for needles and syringes.
I don’t really care for the use of a thesis statement in this assignment, as students should not reveal their position on the policy before all the facts have been presented…including a legitimate opposing view.  Instead, please develop a purpose statement based on the assignment instructions.  For example, the purpose of your paper will be to identify major contributions of the policy, discuss an opposing view, provide a personal position statement, and offer a conclusion with a plan of action for the policy’s future.  Please do not reveal an opinion in the second section of the paper; you should be simply discussing major contributions (with supporting references) and not offering an opinion.
Again, please be sure you are not giving away your position in the purpose statement.  I should not be able to guess your position from your objective presentation of the required information about your policy; your position should be made near the end of the paper, after all evidence has been presented.
Of course your position statement appears close to the end of the paper.  You can use first person in that section.  I don’t deduct points if someone uses “this author,” but it’s an awkward convention and it’s not needed when you are clearly allowed to state your own opinion.
A final caution…please remember to keep the focus on the paper on a specific policy.  No one should be writing generally about medical marijuana use, NEPs, aid-in-dying, or other healthcare topics.  Your work should be focused on a specific state or federal policy.
Here is the RUBRIC:
Required Content
Introduction presents overview of policy, including background, main policy elements, costs and quality/safety elements.–
Excellent 45 (15%) – 50 (16.67%)
Proficient 40 (13.33%) – 44 (14.67%)
Basic 35 (11.67%) – 39 (13%)
Needs Improvement 0 (0%) – 34 (11.33%)
Required Content
Policy is supported with an evidence-based argument. A minimum of two major contributions to health care, nursing, and/or health outcomes are presented.–
Excellent 90 (30%) – 100 (33.33%)
Proficient 80 (26.67%) – 89 (29.67%)
Basic 70 (23.33%) – 79 (26.33%)
Needs Improvement 0 (0%) – 69 (23%)
Required Content
An opposing opinion to the suggested policy is presented with evidence.–
Excellent 45 (15%) – 50 (16.67%)
Proficient 40 (13.33%) – 44 (14.67%)
Basic 35 (11.67%) – 39 (13%)
Needs Improvement 0 (0%) – 34 (11.33%)
Required Content
Final position stated supported with current literature.–
Excellent 36 (12%) – 40 (13.33%)
Proficient 32 (10.67%) – 35 (11.67%)
Basic 28 (9.33%) – 31 (10.33%)
Needs Improvement 0 (0%) – 30 (10%)
Required Content
A plan of action with conclusion is presented.–
Excellent 27 (9%) – 30 (10%)
Proficient 24 (8%) – 26 (8.67%)
Basic 21 (7%) – 23 (7.67%)
Needs Improvement 0 (0%) – 20 (6.67%)
Professional Writing: Clarity, Flow, and Organization–
Excellent 9 (3%) – 10 (3.33%)
Proficient 8 (2.67%) – 8 (2.67%)
Basic 7 (2.33%) – 7 (2.33%)
Needs Improvement 0 (0%) – 6 (2%)
Professional Writing: Context, Audience, Purpose, and Tone–
Excellent 9 (3%) – 10 (3.33%)
Proficient 8 (2.67%) – 8 (2.67%)
Basic 7 (2.33%) – 7 (2.33%)
Needs Improvement 0 (0%) – 6 (2%)
Professional Writing: Originality, Source Credibility, and Attribution of Ideas–
Excellent 9 (3%) – 10 (3.33%)
Proficient 8 (2.67%) – 8 (2.67%)
Basic 7 (2.33%) – 7 (2.33%)
Needs Improvement 0 (0%) – 6 (2%)

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