For this assessment, you will analyze a current health care problem or issue. Read each portion of the assessment carefully and use the Suggested Resources to help you complete the assessment. This assessment provides an opportunity to apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to a current health care problem or issue.
Critical Thinking – A Problem-Solving Approach
Critical thinking is a key skill you will need to master in both your academic and professional lives. Being able to identify a problem, analyze that problem or issue from multiple perspectives, identify and evaluate solutions to the problem, and then convince others of the value of your decision requires logical thinking, the ability to identify and synthesize
credible supporting evidence, and the ability to communicate your thinking clearly and professionally in writing and speaking.
For this assessment, you will analyze a current health care problem or issue of interest to you, the same topic you previously used to complete Assessment 2. The assessment requires critical thinking. Review the critical thinking information in the Building Skills for Critical Thinking resources. To explore your chosen topic, you should use the first two steps of the Socratic Problem-Solving Approach, as described on Campus, to aid your critical thinking.
In health care, research is important. It helps you see what has worked and what has not worked effectively for wellness and patient care. It is important for you to explore research about evidenced-based practices in your areas of interest. This research will help you develop and demonstrate a professional health care perspective and expand your organizational, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
As you prepare to complete this assessment, you may want to think about other related issues to deepen your understanding or broaden your viewpoint. You are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, a family member, or a member of your professional community. Note that these questions are for your own development and exploration and do not need to be completed or submitted as part of your assessment.
How do you approach a situation within your organization and apply critical thinking skills?
How often have you needed to find credible information to solve a personal or professional problem? How did you find the information you
How can you explore the government and private organizations that track and report health care research about evidence-based practices in your areas of interest?
How can you communicate multiple perspectives of a problem in a way that is understood by others?
Note: The requirements outlined below correspond to the
grading criteria in the scoring guide. At a minimum, be sure to address each
point. In addition, you are encouraged to review the performance level
descriptions for each criterion to see how your work will be assessed.
Describe the health care problem or issue you selected for use in Assessment 2 and provide details about it.
Identify possible causes for the problem or issue.
Use scholarly information to explain the health care problem or issue.
Identify at least three scholarly or academic peer-reviewed journal articles about the topic.
You may use articles you found while working on Assessment 2 or you may search the Capella Library for other articles.
You may find the applicable Undergraduate Library Research Guide helpful in your search.
Assess the credibility of the information sources.
Assess the relevance of the information sources.
Analyze the problem or issue.
Describe the setting or context for the problems or issues.
Describe why the problem or issue is important to you.
Identify groups of people affected by the problem or issue.
Discuss potential solutions for the problem or issue.
Compare your opinion with other opinions you find in sources from the Capella Library.
Provide the pros and cons for one of the solutions you are proposing.
Analyze the ethical implications if the potential solution (the one for which you provide pros and cons) were to be implemented.
Discuss the pros and cons of implementing the proposed solution from an ethical principle point of view.
Provide examples from the literature to support the points you are making.
Describe what would be necessary to implement the proposed solution.
Example Assessment: You may use the assessment example, linked in the Assessment Example section of the Resources, to give you an idea of what a Proficient or higher rating on the scoring guide would look like.
Length: At least 4–6 typed, double-spaced pages, not including the title page and reference page.
Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.
APA Template: Use the APA Style Paper Template as the paper format and the APA Style Paper Tutorial for guidance. See the Resources for these documents.
Written communication: Write clearly and logically, with correct use of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and mechanics.
Using outside sources: Integrate information from outside sources into academic writing by appropriately quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing, following APA style.
References: Integrate information from outside sources to include at least three scholarly or academic peer-reviewed journal articles and three in-text citations within the paper.
APA format: Follow current APA guidelines for in-text citations of outside sources in the body of your paper and also on the reference page.
Turnitin: Submit your assessment to Turnitin prior to grading. Then, only submit your final assessment to faculty for grading.
Organize your paper using the following structure and headings:
Title page. A separate page.
Introduction. A brief one-paragraph statement about the purpose of the paper.
Elements of the problem/issue. Identify the elements of the problem or issue, or question.
Analysis. Analyze, define, and frame the problem or issue.
Considering options. Consider solutions, responses, or answers.
Solution. Choose a solution, response, or answer.
Implementation. Implementation of the potential solution.
Conclusion. One paragraph.
Note: Read the Analyze a Current Health Care Problem or Issue Scoring Guide to fully understand how your paper will be graded.
Submit the paper for evaluation by clicking on the assessment title and uploading the paper as a Word document.
If you would like assistance in organizing your assessment, or if you simply have a question about your assessment, please do not hesitate to ask your courseroom instructor or the teaching assistants in the NHS Learner Success Lab for guidance and suggestions.