This assignment increases the students’ awareness of the National Patient Safety Goals developed by The Joint Commission. Specifically, this assignment will introduce the Speak Up Initiatives, an award-winning patient safety program designed to help patients promote their own safety by proactively taking charge of their healthcare.
Course outcomes: This assignment enables the student to meet the following course outcomes: CO #2: Apply the concepts of health promotion and illness prevention in the laboratory setting. (PO #2)
CO #8: Explain the rationale for selected nursing interventions based upon current nursing literature. (PO #8)
Due date: Your faculty member will inform you when this assignment is due. The Late Assignment Policy applies to this assignment.
Total points possible: 50 points Preparing the assignment
1. Follow these guidelines when completing this assignment. Speak with your faculty member if you have questions.
a. Select a Speak Up brochure from The Joint Commission website.
b. Write a short paper reviewing the brochure. Use the Grading Criteria (below) to structure your critique and
include current nursing or healthcare research to support your critique.
2. Include the following sections
Introduction of brochure (3 points/6%)
i. Includes brochure title
ii. Identifies date published
iii. Describes individuals or groups
iv. Brochure properly cited, included on reference list, and submitted with assignment
Summary of brochure (10 points/ 20%)
i. Main topics discussed
ii. Includes information to promote communication between patients and healthcare providers
Evaluation of brochure (20 points/40%)
i. Supported by evidence from a recent (5 years) scholarly, nursing journal article
ii. What was done well, and what could have been improved in the brochure?
iii. Why did this topic interest you?
iv. Was the information provided in the brochure beneficial? Could you incorporate it in your patient
v. Was the information presented clearly?
vi. Did current nursing or healthcare related research support the information presented in the brochure?
vii. What population or individuals does this article apply to (i.e., who will benefit the most from this
brochure)? Who else can use this information?
viii. Will this information increase patient safety? Defend your answer.
Conclusion (5 points/10%)
i. Restates main ideas
ii. Includes supporting information from body of paper
iii. Summarizes the benefits of following the brochure’s advice to a person at risk
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