I need an opinion on this - page 2

Hey, all... one quick post then I'm going back to bed because my BIG FAT DOG is hiding under my computer desk. Its storming outside... she's such a ninny. Ok, for my nursing trends class (which I... Read More

  1. by   llg
    In responding to your post, I am trying to imagine myself as the class instructor. I once gave my students an optional assignment to write on any topic they chose related to the course as an "extra-credit" opportunity. I didn't grade them on their choice of topic, but rather, how well they researched their topic and came to conclusions about it. Is that similar to what your instructor has asked of you? If that is the case, then your topic should work fine as an issue paper. However, if your instructor has given guidelines as to what types of issues you should write about, then you need to assess whether or not your topic meets those guidelines. If it meets the guidelines in a borderline kind of way, but you have such an interest in the topic that you still want to pursue it, then be sure to "slant" the paper to emphasize those points that will help it to fulfill the requirements of the assignment. Then it should be OK.

    About the letter to the congressman assignment ... Such letters are usually written (and such assignments are usually given) with the assumption that there is a bill before the Congress that addresses the issue. The purpose of the letter is to influence your Representative's response to the proposed bill. Is there such a bill before Congress related to your topic? If not, then your letter will probably be simply read and thrown away -- in other words, virtually wasted. With the current political climate, few Representatives are going to propose new legislation on such a topic in the near future. So, unless you know of a related bill to comment upon or have some reason to suspect that your Representative may have sufficient motivation already to sponsor a new bill, then your topic is probably not well-suited to the letter to a Congressman assignment.

    Students should always remember: Assignment are given to get the student to demonstrate the fulfillment of a particular learning objective. The more clearly you demonstrate the fulfillment of that learning objective, the better your grade usually is. If you are not clear what the learning objective is and/or what the instructor is looking for to evaluate its fulfillment -- then you need to talk with your instructor. Other students probably know little more than you do about how the projects will be evaluated.

    Sometimes, you may choose to stray a little from the course objectives and/or assignment guidelines in order to fulfill your own, personal objectives. Sometimes, that's OK -- but you do so at your own risk. Again, talking with your instructor can often help smooth the way for you to deviate a bit without having your grade suffer.

    I hope this helps you (and other students) think issues like this through by providing you the view from the faculty's perspective.

    llg
  2. by   Scavenger'sWife
    Sounds extremely relevant and interesting to me. Not the run-of-the-mill sort of topic. I like the thought of being able to use it as a petition for the government. What a brilliant idea! If *I* were the Prof, that added thought would carry some extra weight in the grading process. It shows you are thinking "outside the box" and that is always a great quality in an administrative person. Good luck!
  3. by   Dr. Kate
    I think you have a great topic there, but probably not the best for your issues class. I would strongly suggest you run it by your instructor before you get too involved with it.
    The thing that really concerns me is that while it is an interesting take on the subject, it will be relatively complex to research and chances are very good that you will not find much if anything written precisely on the topic. You will be cobbling together information from a lot of sources and approaches to the topic. While this is really interesting to do, it is frightfully time consuming and can be difficult. Before you do all that work, do yourself a favor and talk with your instructor.
    If your instructor suggests you do something else, write out your ideas on the topic and file them away for later. If you're really interested in the topic, you'll have another chance to address it in the future.
    Good luck.
  4. by   Jenny P
    Originally posted by delirium
    I was just concerned that my topic was a little too esoteric. I know its hard to believe but sometimes I engage in tangential lines of thinking that are not quite grounded in reality and I was worried this was one of those times.
    Oh, REALLY? We never thought that of YOU! (where is that sarcasm fairy image?)

    Reb, this may be a very interesting subject, but I'm kind of with both llg and Dr. Kate: it will require lots and lots of research and do you have the ENERGY to do this right now? Sometimes INTEREST is hindered by low energy levels, and I'd hate for you to be overwhelmed by the amount of research this may require. I would definitely pursue it if you do have the energy; but if not, I'd go for something less taxing-- like the effects of charting on nurses brains or something.... (this ties in with the lyrics thread, BTW).
  5. by   delirium
    Well, thanks for the input, both for and against.

    The thing is, I have a fair amount of material. Certainly enough for the length of the assignment. Perhaps I will run it by the prof and see what she thinks about it.

    She gave us no guidelines. She just stated it was a persuasive paper for or against an issue that directly or indirectly affects nursing. Mandatory OT, needlesticks, etc. were examples of issues students had used before.

    If not this, I definitely want to stick with mental health policy, or something within behavioral nursing. I was also thinking of doing something on promoting the safety of psychiatric nurses but I wasn't able to find a lot of info on that one.
  6. by   Jenny P
    Originally posted by delirium
    [BIf not this, I definitely want to stick with mental health policy, or something within behavioral nursing. I was also thinking of doing something on promoting the safety of psychiatric nurses but I wasn't able to find a lot of info on that one. [/B]
    EVEN AFTER THAT MURDER OF THE PSYCH NURSE (was it down in Florida?) LAST YEAR?? OMG, there SHOULD be tons of stuff out there about that and if there isn't; shame on us for not pushing that topic forward!
  7. by   delirium
    I know. It could be that I'm looking in the wrong places, though.
  8. by   Jenny P
    There was a lot in the state legislatures after that happened; I know several states made it a felony if someone assaults a nurse; but I doubt that they made it a crime for hospitals to understaff psych units. Hhmmm.......
  9. by   rebelwaclause
    Originally posted by delirium
    Ok, so yesterday in class people are discussing what their topics are.

    They are:
    Needle sticks
    Medication errors
    Mandatory overtime
    Bioterrorism something or other

    Do you think my topic is too indirect?
    Followed with:
    I did tell this one girl in my class and she just looked at me with a dazed deer in the headlights look and said, "That's very interesting."

    She then turned around and finished her lunch
    Affirms why John Forbes Nash Jr., ("Brilliant Mind") nearly lost his mind. Too deep for the mediocre.

    Great topic Rebecca...You have a brilliant mind.....
  10. by   delirium
    Originally posted by rebelwaclause
    Followed with:

    Affirms why John Forbes Nash Jr., ("Brilliant Mind") nearly lost his mind. Too deep for the mediocre.

    Great topic Rebecca...You have a brilliant mind.....
    That is one of the coolest things anyone has ever said to me.

    I'm going to print that out and then say it over and over like Jack Handy: Cause I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it I have a brilliant mind. Rebel says so.

  11. by   rebelwaclause
    Originally posted by delirium
    That is one of the coolest things anyone has ever said to me.

    I'm going to print that out and then say it over and over like Jack Handy: Cause I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it I have a brilliant mind. Rebel says so.

    It's true! You go girl...With your smart self! Bet you'll be teaching the class in a few years!
  12. by   delirium
    Not me, man. Nursing school is for chumps.

    I'll be doing something far more interesting. Hopefully it won't involve incarceration in any way.
  13. by   rebelwaclause
    ^5

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