Overview: Legislator E-mail Exercise
To take a proactive role in nursing policy, identify your legislator and prepare an email to this legislator about a current nursing issue. Write a concise, professionally worded e-mail to a state-level legislator about a current nursing issue that is important to you. Do not ask the legislator to increase nursing pay, make your hospital do or not do something, or any other issue that the legislator can not address.
1. Find the legislator(s) for your Texas zip code. You will only write your email to one legislator, even if many are listed.
2. Complete the issue description and action plan section prior to composing the email to organize your thoughts. Be specific – don’t use generalizations like “decrease the nurse-patient ratio.” Use current journal literature to validate the request.
3. Write your final e-mail in the space provided on this assignment document. Use single space – this is an email not a letter.
4. You MUST include one personal example about how the issue personally affects your nursing career.
5. Use at least 2 CURRENT references (less than 5 years) and in-text citations (either short quotes or your summary of what the author said) to support your thoughts. Remember, if quoting, cite the page number with the author and year. List in current APA format but single space. Journals are always the best resource, not newspapers, blogs, or other less reliable resources.
6. Upload and submit the email assignment you have prepared into Canvas.
It is not necessary for you to actually send your email to you legislator unless you choose to do so.
Course Performance Objective: Identify and model professional role in shaping future nursing care.
A. Identifying Your Legislators: Find out who your legislators are at the local or state level. You only need address your issue to one legislator. If email information is not available then you would need to put their physical address. In rare cases if a physical address is not listed, please include a webpage address. Use a Google search to locate Texas legislative systems, or this helpful link to identify your state legislator. https://www.congress.gov/state-legislature-websites
Record name, title, and Legislator’s contact information here:
Name – (The Honorable)
Title – (House or Senate)
Contact Information – (Email address preferred)
B. Issue Description and Action Plan: To identify a current nursing issue, read https://www.texasnurses.org/page/nursingpolicy and https://www.texasnp.org/news/568840/Statement-From-Nursing-Groups-on-the-87th-Legislative-Session.htm. You may also identify a current nursing issue important to you or your future practice if not in this list. To help you begin organizing your thoughts, complete the following section.
1. a.. State the nursing issue that affects you in 1-2 sentences.
b. List three reasons or examples as to how this nursing issues affects you personally as a student or in your future practice as a Registered Nurse.
2. a. What help/assistance are you requesting from your legislator? (Make sure it is something that the legislator can actually do anything about – they cannot get your personal salary increased!) BE SPECIFIC. For example: “enact a bill to address the issue of burnout by limiting the staff-patient ratio to 1:4.”
b. List three reasons or examples as to why this bill/assistance would positively impact your practice or help other nurses.
C. a. Use the Rubric to write the E-mail! Explain the importance of this issue to your practice and to you personally. Limit the e-mail to one page, including the references. Choose details from those you developed above that create the strongest and most persuasive thoughts. Remember to include personal examples .
b. Strictly follow the format of the sample e-mail located in the assignment instructions as well as the rubric. Address the legislator appropriately (The Honorable…) and include your home address to classify you as a constituent.
Edit your e-mail for spelling, grammar, and word usage!! This is an issue of professionalism for me. Read it aloud, and/or get a friend to read it and provide feedback. Use paragraph breaks, not just one long email. Include two in-text citations. Remember, if using quotation marks, cite: (Jones, 2020, p. 10). If summarizing, use: (Jones, 2020). Limit the email to one page including the references!
Write your final e-mail in the space provided below. Type directly below in the spaces provided.
Dear (Representative’s Official Name):
References: List references here. At least two are required to support your thoughts. Use correct APA formatting but only use single spacing.
Use this rubric to guide your work on the assignment, “Legislator E-mail.”
Submit this entire Assignment Document into Canvas.