As a nurse, you encounter many opportunities to create and initiate change. Speak up whenever possible to advocate for those in need. Advocating for change and conducting research in an effort to improve patient outcomes is an important part of your role as a nurse. In this assignment, you create a communication plan as a step toward creating a platform to advocate for the resolution of problem(s) presented in the case.

Review the Ethics Cases Index of the AMA Journal of Ethics website.

Select a case from the Access to Care section that is relevant to your current role or your concentration. (I work in oncology unit where we have cancer patients… but I think you can probably write about anything in the nursing field.)

Identify the primary issue or issues of the case.

Create a communication plan that will serve as a framework for ensuring issues identified in the case are acknowledged and acted upon.

Include in your communication plan:

Problem(s) presented in the case
Issue(s) identified
Why this issue is important
Impact on medical decision making
Proposed solution
Model/theory framework
Central message
Target audience
Research needed
Media outlets

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