This week’s assignment is also related to the ANA Code of Ethics – Provision 9. You might want to review provision 9 again. Advocating for the profession is important. Writing a letter is one of the ways a nurse can positively promote nursing and its causes. The purpose of this assignment is to write a professional letter to address the image of nursing or to promote a cause for nursing.
This assignment is worth 20 points.
· Distinguish the professional responsibilities that accompany the nursing profession.
· Define pressing issues that may arise as a nurse.
Read the letter writing handout. Then construct a professional letter using one of the two options below. Your letter will consist of proper address, correct salutation/greeting, body of the letter, proper closing, and contact information.
Option A: Write a letter on a current economic or political topic related directly to nursing. Address your letter to the appropriate person – You need to write to a person who is in a position to do something about the problem. For example, you should not write to the President to address a healthcare issue that needs to be passed in congress. You would want to address the correct Senator or representative from your state who will be voting on the issue. This is a professional letter, so letter form, grammar and punctuation is graded, too. This could be to a congressman or woman or to other legislators, to big business or corporations. Remember, there must be a close nursing link to write this letter. You might want to look at a professional organization website in order to look for options.
Option B: Write a letter to defend the image of nursing. Most often nursing is portrayed as less than professional in popular media, TV, advertising, greeting cards, etc. Choose an example and write a professional letter to the appropriate person to tell them why you think they have portrayed nursing unprofessionally. Tell them how this affects the image of nursing and provide suggestions to change the situation. Look at popular TV shows, e-greetings, traditional cards advertising etc. to find an example. You can even “Google” to find some ideas.
Edit question’s body
Running head: PROFESSIONAL LETTER
PROFESSIONAL LETTER 3
City, state, zip
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20201.
Dear Mr. Alex Azar,
I felt compelled to inform you about the existing problem of inadequate nursing staffing. I appreciate the fact that a lot of work has been done to improve health care delivery. However, inadequate staffing is increasingly becoming a major personal and professional concern for nurses. It is disappointing that inadequate staffing is a top reason why some nurses leave their hospital jobs.
To some extent, inadequate staffing is threatening patient health and safety, cases of injury, and increased complexity of care. There have been many cases arising whereby nurses are often being overworked. Therefore, I believe that the best way of improving sustainable quality of care is by improving the nurse-to-patient staffing ratios.
I expect to get positive feedback from you. This is an issue that needs to be checked urgently. Therefore, I hope that by 1/1/2020 you will have set effective measures that will in aid in increasing the number of nursing staff. There is a great urgency to increase nursing staff and I believe you will do the best to ensure that embarrassing condition is solved.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to express my thoughts and opinions.
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