topics for argumenative paper

  1. Im seeking some ideas for argumentative topics (hopefully in healthcare). The topic must be controversial and 20 pages long..any suggestions? This is for a non-nursing class so it has to be on a normal college level.
    I was thinking of socialized medicine?? give me some thoughts and Id appreciate it.
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  3. by   ceecel.dee
    Have you read the "Jesus Factor" thread?
  4. by   EmmaG
  5. by   ASSEDO
    Abortion
    Assisted suicide
    Death penality (different ways, hanging, vs. gas vs. injections)
  6. by   Mustang Sally
    What about physician-assisted suicide/right to die?
  7. by   biker nurse
    Should People Who Do Not Take Care Of Themselves Be Able To Get Medicaid?(ie Non Compliant Diabetic)
  8. by   WickedRedRN
    Couple of thoughts come to mind...socialized medicine, right to die issues (The Terri Schiavo issue is pretty fresh in memory), medical marijuana, state of inner city hospitals/ER's (look for King Drew if you want a good example), polypharmacy issues with the elderly, always the prolife/prochoice debate.....

    Thats all I can think of at the moment, hopefully you can get some ideas there.
  9. by   ceecel.dee
    Quote from biker nurse
    Should People Who Do Not Take Care Of Themselves Be Able To Get Medicaid?(ie Non Compliant Diabetic)
    Oh boy...I'd like to read this one!
  10. by   TheCommuter
    I did an argumentative paper on Hepatitis C last fall, and received an 'A' grade. This paper/essay was also for a non-nursing class. My main argument was that more funding needed to be devoted to the prevention and treatment of Hepatitis C, as it occurs much more frequently in the U.S. and worldwide than AIDS and tuberculosis combined...
  11. by   ceecel.dee
    Quote from TheCommuter
    I did an argumentative paper on Hepatitis C last fall, and received an 'A' grade. This paper/essay was also for a non-nursing class. My main argument was that more funding needed to be devoted to the prevention and treatment of Hepatitis C, as it occurs much more frequently in the U.S. and worldwide than AIDS and tuberculosis combined...
    Good idea...it sparked another! How about incarceration (quarantine) of disease carriers; pro's and cons.
  12. by   purple1953reading
    should government pay for plastic surgery for the morbidly obesity. How many chances
  13. by   TrudyRN
    Quote from biker nurse
    Should People Who Do Not Take Care Of Themselves Be Able To Get Medicaid?(ie Non Compliant Diabetic)
    Perhaps you meant "e.g.", not "i.e."

    e.g. = for example

    i.e. = that is

    Because if you really meant "that is", why single out diabetics?

    How about those who get pregnant but can't really afford kids, financially or emotionally? How about alcoholics? Drug addicts? Anyone with any disease who doesn't take their meds or follow their treatment plan? How about people who eat improperly and are obese or cachectic or develop atherosclerosis or acid damage to their teeth from vomiting or any other complication of not eating properly? Should any of these get welfare? Or even Medicare?

    How about nurses who let themselves be forced to work overtime and then have an accident on the way home? Is this sane? Is it moral? The nurse should have known better and refused the forced OT.

    How about those who have industrial accidents? They should have been more careful. It was their fault they cut their digits or appendages off. How about cops who get hurt in the line of duty? Surely they could have been more careful. Firefighters, too, and road crews. They should have seen that drunk driver coming and jumped out of the way. How about anyone else who chooses to work in a dangerous occupation and gets hurt - miners, fishing boat people, oil and gas workers, construction, factories, power company, cable TV, and telephone linemen, etc., including nurses who hurt their backs and shoulders and psyches? Should any of these be entitled to worker's comp? Medicaid when they go bankrupt from OTJ injuries? unemployment when they get fired for excessive absence?

    Maybe the OP's paper can deal with "Sicko" and how different societies treat their people. It is a real eye-opener. In France, they can get a year off after childbirth. Here we get a stinking 12 weeks. 3 months vs. 12 months

    In France or England, I forget which, they get unlimited sick days. Unlimited. Plus a day off to move if they are moving, for crying out loud. Here we are written up and can be fired if we take more than 4 sick day per year, even though we are granted 1 day (how generous) per month.

    Maybe OP can write about the history of unions in this country - why they came into existence. The history of the common laborer - and, make no mistake, that includes nurses, no matter how much specialized education and skill we have.

    Anyway, I'm not sure why you singled out diabetics to exclude from the welfare roles, but, as I said, maybe it was just a misuse of the abbreviation "i.e." and you didn't mean to single out diabetics. I do think that recipients of transplanted organs should get only 1 chance, unless the surgery is somehow done incorrectly. Particularly drug users and other criminals - these should definitely get only 1 new kidney or pancreas or whatever organ - if they should get any at all. Here's a topic - should criminals get transplants or should transplants go only to non-convicts.

    Maybe she could write about "Should Mentally Ill Persons Who Can't Take Care of Even Themselves Really Have The Right To Reproduce?"
    Last edit by TrudyRN on Jul 10, '07
  14. by   biker nurse
    another one should we be able to sell our organs?

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