Assignment: You are a nurse working for the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) in a policy position. You have been asked to prepare a briefing note for the CNA Board of Directors that offers background information, analysis and recommendations on a global health issue (taken from your topic/presentation). Your briefing note will be on an issue that is related to your presentation topic (it does not have to be on the entire topic area but on a component related to your presentation). In addition to the briefing note, you are asked to draft a one-page advocacy letter to a relevant decision-maker that is related to the issues in your briefing note.
Your briefing note should be a maximum of 5 pages (not including title page or references), and should include the following elements:
1. An introduction and brief summary of the issue/problem that the Canadian Nurses Association needs to address for example:
a. What is the problem?
b. Why is it a problem/how & why is it linked to global forces?
c. What are the health implications of this problem? For example:
i. How does it affect global health equity/inequity?
ii. Are problems experienced differently in developed versus developing countries?
d. How does the problem/issue affect nursing on a global scale?
i. What are the implications of this?
2. What solutions would address this global issue? Why (What is the evidence)?
3. A policy/advocacy plan for CNA to achieve one of these desired policy solutions.
a. What specific policy/solution should CNA pursue to address this problem?
b. Which organization/decision-makers should be the focus of the advocacy in order to achieve this solution? (e.g., federal or provincial governments, other decision-makers?)
c. Discuss the specifics of the advocacy plan to achieve the solution
i. What action/actions should be taken?
ii. Should CNA involve provincial nursing associations; ICN, other health provider groups, community groups, etc.?) Why? How?
d. Include supporting evidence for your recommendations, and the implications of not following the recommendations.