1. According to the United States Census Bureau (2011), roughly 48.6 million Americans lacked health insurance in 2011. How can nurses persuade politicians in their role as teachers to improve the healthcare system and encourage access for all Americans?


The Census Bureau of the United States of America is part of the Department of Commerce of the United States of America (2011). Highlights from the world of health insurance in 2011. was retrieved from

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



3. Throughout history, several exceptional nurses have shaped the nursing profession. What will you do to help shape nursing’s future? What role do professional groups play in determining the future? What does it mean to be a member of these organizations as a professional nurse?




4. Consider the professional nurse’s roles and responsibilities as outlined in this course. Based on these jobs, what kind of future do you envisage for yourself? In your practice, which roles will you try to develop? How will you adapt your practice and career to include the professional nurse’s beliefs and roles? Use the career map style from the Week 8 class to plan your future, focusing on the roles of the professional nurse described in the Week 3 lesson!