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The purpose of this assignment is to:
develop skills in analyzing media-presented issues related to the
nursing profession and nursing practice; and
explore the public perception of nurses and the nursing
To complete this assignment:
focus on a current issue in nursing; and
examine this issue in the context of written opinions expressed
through three (3) separate types of media.
Issues are often value laden; issues in health care and in nursing
are no different. Concerns about the state of our health care system
and the state of nursing in Canada have been discussed at length within
the media, government, and nursing organizations. While it is often
difficult to differentiate fact from fiction and opinion, public
opinion is often influenced by what is written in the popular press or
on the Internet.
Find three articles on the same issue/topic.
One of the articles must be from a popular periodical or media
source, preferably something you may have at home (such as Macleans,
Reader’s Digest, or your local
newspaper – either print based or online version) or CBC, CTV, GlobalTV, or online
Your second article must be from a scholarly periodical retrieved from a database
[e.g. AU Library, CINAHL, Medline, etc.].
The third article must be from a Web site that is not merely a
Web version of a print source (e.g. blog, podcast, e-newsletter).
The articles should represent a range of
views. In other words, these articles should not all agree.
The introduction includes a thesis that prepares your reader for
the general topic the articles address, the issues they raise, and the
position you will be taking.
Summarize each article separately by stating in your own words
the important information presented in each article and any arguments
the authors make.
Do not paraphrase the whole article; present the main points
briefly—each summary should be one paragraph long, two at the most.
When summarizing, it is not appropriate to dwell on extended
examples (such as personal case histories or stories); you do not need
to summarize complex statistical parts of a study.
You should focus on the main ideas and issues discussed. You
could briefly refer to any specific personal stories or statistical
sections of the piece (using one or two sentences).
Respond to the three articles by:
comparing the authors’ credibility, documentation, and support
evaluating any disagreements or agreements between the authors; and
articulating your own position on their ideas or issues. This
means more than just stating your opinion; you must also explain it.
Describe how your personal and professional values influence your
views on this issue.
Document your sources using correct APA style. This paper adheres
to a 6 page limit excluding reference and title pages.
All assignments in Nursing 438 are marked according to the
Content of Paper or Project (70%)
Each element of the assignment guideline is addressed.
Analysis, synthesis, and critical thinking skills are
The paper integrates material from course textbook and/or other
scholarly sources as appropriate.
Discussion is logical and clear; presentation of ideas is
organized; evidence supports the discussion; writing style is
Scholarly Format of Paper or Project (30%)
Paper/project is free of typographical, grammatical,
punctuation, and spelling errors.
Paper/project adheres to APA (Current edition) format.
Paper/project adheres to page limits.
Critical thinking, scholarly writing and APA scholarly format, good writing, and critical thinking are the
three most important criteria by which you will be judged in your
papers. Each criterion carries equal weight in assigning marks.
References- Use the text book below and 7-8 references not more than 5 years to support your assignment
Realities of Canadian nursing: Professional, practice and power issues 2019 External tool