1. According to the United States Census Bureau (2011), approximately 48.6 million people in the United States did not have health insurance in 2011. How can nurses, in their role as teachers, influence legislators to improve the healthcare system and ensure access for all Americans?


The United States Census Bureau is part of the United States Department of Commerce (2011). Highlights of health insurance in 2011.

2. Some professional nursing organizations have developed codes of ethics and standards for professional nursing practice. These codes and standards guide our practice and interactions with patients, other nurses, and other members of the healthcare team. Choose at least one of the ethical standards or one of the standards of practice and explain how you use it in your current practice or how you plan to use it in the future. Which standard is the most difficult for you, and why?



3. Throughout history, many great nurses have shaped the nursing profession. How will you contribute to the future of nursing? What role do professional organizations play in shaping the future? What is the professional nurse’s responsibility in belonging to these organizations?




4. Consider the professional nurse’s roles and activities as described in this course. What kind of future do you see for yourself as a result of these roles? Which roles in your practice will you work to develop? How will you alter your practice and career to incorporate the professional nurse’s principles and roles? Using the career map format from the Week 8 lesson, plan your future while focusing on the roles of the professional nurse presented in the Week 3 lesson