Assignment: Legislation Comparison Grid and Testimony/Advocacy Statement

Assignment: Legislation Comparison Grid and Testimony/Advocacy Statement

As a nurse, how often have you thought to yourself, If I had anything to do about it, things would work a little differently? Increasingly, nurses are beginning to realize that they do, in fact, have a role and a voice.

Many nurses encounter daily experiences that motivate them to take on an advocacy role in hopes of impacting policies, laws, or regulations that impact healthcare issues of interest. Of course, doing so means entering the less familiar world of policy and politics. While many nurses do not initially feel prepared to operate in this space effectively, the reward is the opportunity to shape and influence future health policy.

To Prepare:

  • Select a bill that has been proposed (not one that has been enacted) using the congressional websites provided in the Learning Resources. Assignment: Legislation Comparison Grid and Testimony/Advocacy Statement.

The Assignment: (1- to 2-page Comparison Grid; 1- to 2-page Legislation Testimony/Advocacy Statement)

Part 1: Legislation Comparison Grid

Based on the health-related bill (proposed, not enacted) you selected, complete the Legislation Comparison Grid Template. Be sure to address the following:

  • Determine the legislative intent of the bill you have reviewed.
  • Identify the proponents/opponents of the bill.
  • Identify the target populations addressed by the bill.
  • Where in the process is the bill currently? Is it in hearings or committees?
  • Is it receiving press coverage?

Part 2: Legislation Testimony/Advocacy Statement

Based on the health-related bill you selected, develop a 1- to 2-page Legislation Testimony/Advocacy Statement that addresses the following:

  • Advocate a position for the bill you selected and write testimony in support of your position.
  • Describe how you would address the opponent to your position. Be specific and provide examples.
  • Recommend at least one amendment to the bill in support of your position. Assignment: Legislation Comparison Grid and Testimony/Advocacy Statement.

 

Legislation Comparison Grid Template

Legislation Comparison Grid Template

 

Use this document to complete Part 1 of the Module 2 Assessment Legislation Comparison Grid and Testimony/Advocacy Statement

 

 

Health-related Bill Name  

 

Bill Number  
Description  

 

 

 

Federal or State?  
Legislative Intent  

 

 

 

Proponents/ Opponents Proponents:

 

Assignment: Legislation Comparison Grid and Testimony/Advocacy Statement

Opponents:

 

 

Target Population  

 

Status of the bill (Is it in hearings or committees? Is it receiving press coverage?)  

 

 

 

General Notes/Comments

 

 

Assignment: Legislation Comparison Grid and Testimony/Advocacy Statement