Each element of the assignment guideline is addressed.

Analysis, synthesis, and critical thinking skills are demonstrated.

The paper integrates material from course textbook and/or other scholarly sources as appropriate.

Discussion is logical and clear; presentation of ideas is organized; evidence supports the discussion; writing style is concise.

Scholarly Format of Paper or Project

Paper/project is free of typographical, grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors.

Paper/project adheres to APA (6th edition) format.

Paper/project adheres to page limits.

The purpose of this assignment is to:

develop skills in analyzing media-presented issues related to the nursing profession and nursing practice; and

explore the public perception of nurses and the nursing profession.

To complete this assignment:

focus on a current issue in nursing; and

examine this issue in the context of written opinions expressed through three (3) separate types of media.

Issues are often value laden; issues in health care and in nursing are no different. Concerns about the state of our health care system and the state of nursing in Canada have been discussed at length within the media, government, and nursing organizations. While it is often difficult to differentiate fact from fiction and opinion, public opinion is often influenced by what is written in the popular press or on the Internet.