Write a letter in the form of an email to your legislator, specific to a CURRENT piece of legislation and provide reasoning regarding how this issue will impact your ability to provide care to patients in your practice

Write a letter in the form of an email to your legislator, specific to a CURRENT piece of legislation and provide reasoning regarding how this issue will impact your ability to provide care to patients in your practice

Write a letter in the form of an email to your legislator, specific to a CURRENT piece of legislation and provide reasoning regarding how this issue will impact your ability to provide care to patients in your practice 150 150 Nyagu

Visit your state or national ANA website and search under Policy and Advocacy for CURRENT health care policy issues. Write a letter in the form of an email to your legislator, specific to a CURRENT piece of legislation and provide reasoning regarding how this issue will impact your ability to provide care to patients in your practice, your support for this issue, how this issue will impact health care, financing, etc. Determine if the issue should be directed to a state or federal legislator…this is to whom you should address your letter. Be cognizant that if writing a Senator, you should be referencing a Senate bill or if writing a Congressperson, you should be referencing a House bill. This is the case for both federal as well as state legislators.

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Letter to the Legislator: Description and Grading Rubric Worth 100 pts.

Visit your state or national ANA website and search under Policy and Advocacy for CURRENT health care policy issue. Write a letter in the form of an email to your legislator, specific to a CURRENT piece of legislation and provide reasoning regarding how this issue will impact your ability to provide care to patients in your practice, your support for this issue, how this issue will effect health care, financing, etc. Determine if the issue should be directed to a state or federal legislator…this is to whom you should address your letter. Be cognizant that if writing a Senator, you should be referencing a Senate bill or if writing a Congressperson, you should be referencing a House bill. This is the case for both federal as well as state legislators.

N 601 Letter to Legislator
MSN 601 Letter to Legislator
Criteria Ratings Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePosition of Author
20 to >18.0 pts
The position of the author was made crystal clear.
18 to >10.0 pts
The position of the author was made somewhat clear.
10 to >0 pts
The position of the author was not very clear.
20 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeFactual Support
20 to >18.0 pts
There were at least three solid facts that supported the author’s position.
18 to >10.0 pts
There were less than three solid facts supporting the author’s position.
10 to >0 pts
The position was not factually supported.
20 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeInterest Level
20 to >18.0 pts
The piece exceeded the interests of a knowledgeable audience.
18 to >10.0 pts
The piece only somewhat met the interests of a knowledgeable audience.
10 to >0 pts
It would have been somewhat boring to a knowledgeable audience
20 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeValue of Nurse Viewpoint
20 to >18.0 pts
It was unambiguous as to why a nurse’s viewpoint was worth listening to on this issue.
18 to >10.0 pts
It was not particularly clear as to why a nurse’s viewpoint was worth listening to.
10 to >0 pts
It was not at all clear why a nurse’s viewpoint was worth listening to.
20 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeQuality
10 to >8.0 pts
The piece was compelling, interesting, humorous or memorable.
8 to >5.0 pts
The piece was only somewhat, interesting, humorous or memorable.
5 to >0 pts
The piece was not particularly interesting, humorous or memorable
10 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeFormat
10 to >8.0 pts
Proper format with proper salutation and with NO spelling or grammatical errors.
8 to >5.0 pts
Proper format with proper salutation and with one (1) to two (2) spelling and/or grammatical errors.
5 to >0 pts
More than two (2) format, spelling and/or grammatical errors.
10 pts
Total Points: 100

You may find the following interesting and useful in completing the assignments in this module.
The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) offers an online free course to members and non-members titled Advocacy 101. You may wish to take advantage of this free course at the website https://www.ons.org/courses/advocacy-101-making-difference (Links to an external site.)The Oncology Nursing Society respects the privacy needs and concerns of their customers. The Oncology Nursing Society Privacy Policy is located at https://www.ons.org/

The following information is from the ONS Advocacy 101 course.

A. Written Correspondence

Although writing a letter traditionally was the most effective way to let your legislators know your thoughts, security concerns have changed the way people communicate with Congress. Congressional offices now offer direct access through their websites, as well as access through email and a variety of social media platforms. Members of Congress have a communication link through their websites, providing an area to which e-mail can be sent, resulting in a generic, automatic acknowledgment that your e-mail has been received. This may be followed-up with either a specific e-mail response to your issue or a letter via regular U.S. Postal Service. A handful of offices still do not respond individually to e-mail but count the input.

B. Tips for e-mail, letter, or fax

Try to keep your e-mail, letter, or fax to a single page.
If using a template message, take a few moments to personalize it with your own experience and expertise.
If you have an article of relevance, attach it to your correspondence or refer to it and offer to provide it should they be interested.
NOTE: Letters and other documents sent via the U.S. Postal Service may be delayed, damaged or made illegible by security handling procedures. Items such as photographs, originals of articles, or other enclosures are best hand delivered. Electronic delivery by e-mail allows you to weigh in more immediately and be more confident of the receipt of your correspondence.

For more information on policies related to constituent correspondence, contact your legislators’ offices. To access, you can visit the individual member’s webpage (via https://www.senate.gov/ (Links to an external site.) or https://www.house.gov/ (Links to an external site.) ).

C. Resources

For more information on policies related to constituent correspondence, contact your legislators’ offices. To access, you can visit the individual member’s webpage (via https://www.senate.gov/ (Links to an external site.) or https://www.house.gov/ (Links to an external site.)).

D. Often the first step in getting to know your legislators is just getting the conversation started about your areas of interest or concern. So to get the ball rolling, use the following format to send an e-mail to your legislator.

Dear Senator/Representative LAST NAME,

As a nurse, xxxx is of great interest to me. xxxxxxxxxxx

Sincerely,

NAME
ADDRESS
CITY, STATE, ZIP

E. “Tips for Communication with Legislators

Be polite and professional in your tone and language.
Identify yourself as a registered voter, constituent, and a nurse in your opening sentence. If you know the legislator or staff member, say so to increase the chance of your message receiving special attention.
Immediately identify the topic you are writing to discuss.
Be concise and modest in your request.
Focus on one or two issues that are of top priority.
Make a few brief points.
Describe the importance of the issue to you, your community, and the nation
Be informed
Be familiar with the basic facts and points.
Avoid too many details or scientific information, but have additional information available if requested.
Verify your facts—your story may be told again by the legislator!
Personalize your message. Tell your own story—or that of a patient—and explain the relevance to the issue at hand. Include relevant information from your district or state, and explain how the issue affects your community.
Offer to be of assistance and serve as a resource.
Thank the legislator for his or her attention to your concerns.
Ask for a response.