Reflect on your thoughts about how you can design care for individuals, groups and communities based on evidence-based practice
BSN 499 Capstone Project
Journal Activity 3
Open your Journal document and respond to the prompt below. You will add to this Journal document each week, and submit the file for a grade in Module 8. Be sure your Journal entries are dated.
Reflect on your thoughts about how you can design care for individuals, groups and communities based on evidence-based practice. What lessons have you learned from your courses that have created a change in the way you think and practice as a baccalaureate-prepared nurse? These are your thoughts â€“ there is no need for citations/references unless you use a scholarly source.
Journal entries will be graded at the end of the course using the rubric below. Complete each reflection during the appropriate week to stay current and reflect on the learning.
Important information for writing discussion questions and participation
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Plagiarism is highly prohibited. Please ensure you are citing your sources correctly using APA 7th edition. All assignments including discussion posts should be formatted in APA with the appropriate spacing, font, margin, and indents. Any papers not well formatted would be returned back to you, hence, I advise you review APA formatting style. I have attached a sample paper in APA format and will also post sample discussion responses in subsequent announcements.
Your initial discussion post should be a minimum of 200 words and response posts should be a minimum of 150 words. Be advised that I grade based on quality and not necessarily the number of words you post. A minimum of TWO references should be used for your initial post. For your response post, you do not need references as personal experiences would count as response posts. If you however cite anything from the literature for your response post, it is required that you cite your reference. You should include a minimum of THREE references for papers in this course. Please note that references should be no more than 5 years old except recommended as a resource for the class. Furthermore, for each discussion board question, you need ONE initial substantive response and TWO substantive responses to either your classmates or your instructor for a total of THREE responses. There are TWO discussion questions each week, hence, you need a total minimum of SIX discussion posts for each week. I usually post a discussion question each week. You could also respond to these as it would count towards your required SIX discussion posts for the week.
I understand this is a lot of information to cover in 5 weeks, however, the Bible says in Philippians 4:13 that we can do all things through Christ that strengthens us. Even in times like this, we are encouraged by God’s word that we have that ability in us to succeed with His strength. I pray that each and every one of you receives strength for this course and life generally as we navigate through this pandemic that is shaking our world today. Relax and enjoy the course!
Please read through the following information on writing a Discussion question response and participation posts.
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Important information on Writing a Discussion Question
- Your response needs to be a minimum of 150 words (not including your list of references)
- There needs to be at least TWO references with ONE being a peer reviewed professional journal article.
- Include in-text citations in your response
- Do not include quotes—instead summarize and paraphrase the information
- Follow APA-7th edition
- Points will be deducted if the above is not followed
Participation –replies to your classmates or instructor
- A minimum of 6 responses per week, on at least 3 days of the week.
- Each response needs at least ONE reference with citations—best if it is a peer reviewed journal article
- Each response needs to be at least 75 words in length (does not include your list of references)
- Responses need to be substantive by bringing information to the discussion or further enhance the discussion. Responses of “I agree” or “great post” does not count for the word count.
- Follow APA 7th edition
- Points will be deducted if the above is not followed
- Remember to use and follow APA-7th edition for all weekly assignments, discussion questions, and participation points.
- Here are some helpful links
- The is a great resource
Thank you for the great post. The COVID-19 Health Disparities Action Act of 2021 was created in reaction to the growing health differences between various populations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has underlined the numerous health differences in the United States. These disparities exist between different racial and ethnic groups and socioeconomic groups (Valencia et al., 2022). The act also shows a mission to study and create guidance on addressing health differences associated with COVID-19.
One of the social determinants that most impact this policy is income. Income imbalance is a significant element in health differences, as low-income people and families usually have less access to quality healthcare. The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened these differences, as low-income people are more likely to contract the virus and understand more severe symptoms. The COVID-19 Health Disparities Action Act of 2021 aims to manage these differences by delivering research funding, data collection, and agendas to enhance access to healthcare for vulnerable people.
Another social determinant that impacts this policy is a different race. Discrimination is a significant aspect of health differences, as minority groups are often underserved by the healthcare system (Arredondo, 2021). The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened these differences, as minority groups have more potential to contract the virus and experience more intense symptoms.
Arredondo, A. (2021). Health disparities and covid-19. Health Affairs, 40(9), 1514–1514. https://doi.org/10.1377/hlthaff.2021.00887
Valencia, C. I., Gachupin, F. C., Molina, Y., & Batai, K. (2022). Interrogating patterns of cancer disparities by expanding the social determinants of health framework to include biological pathways of social experiences. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(4), 2455. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19042455