Scholarly Position Paper / Everyone has the right to safe drinking water


Please consider the required elements of the Scholarly Paper assignment, read the select suggested resources and decide on your topic of environmental concern.  You may also refer to the Healthy People 2030 website for topics of environmental concern that may be of interest to you.  Place enter the topic in this forum and provide three sentences describing your decision to use this environmental concern for your paper.

You may want to decribe:

  1. The nature of the environmental concern.
  2. Why this environmental concern is good or bad for society, a population or community
  3. How this environmental concern impacts the role of the nurse or nursing practice

Scholarly Position Paper—Environmental Health (due 2/28/21)


The Code of Ethics for Nurses (American Nurses Association, 2015) Principle 9.4 calls nurses to “advocate for policies, programs, and practices within the healthcare environment that maintain, sustain, and repair the natural world” (p. 37). During a recent testimony for the Minnesota Climate Caucus, it was reported that nurses are ethically bound to recognize that “Social justice extends beyond human health and well-being to the health and well-being of the natural world” (p.37). Further, The Executive Summary of the 2019 Lancet Countdown report warns: The life of every child born today will be profoundly affected by climate change, with populations around the world increasingly facing extremes of weather, food and water insecurity, changing patterns of infectious disease, and a less certain future. Without accelerated intervention, this new era will come to define the health of people at every stage of their lives. Review lectures, read Stanhope Chapters 6 and 14, and review the following resources:



Like a debate, a position paper presents one side of an arguable opinion about a topic or issue. The goal of a position paper is to convince the audience that your opinion is valid and defensible. Ideas that you are considering need to be carefully examined in choosing a topic, developing your argument, and organizing your paper.  Select a topic related to how the environment affects the health of a population.  Review and present the relevant literature.  Your job is to take one side of the argument and persuade your audience that you have well-founded knowledge of the topic being presented.  It is important to support your argument with evidence to ensure the validity of your claims, as well as to refute the counterclaims to show that you are well informed about both sides.  Be certain to consider all sides and present the issue clearly (total 35 pts):


  • Introduction to the topic                                                                                 5 pts
  • Summary of the relevant literature                                                                 5 pts
  • Development and presentation of the argument                                             5 pts
  • Refutation of counterclaims                                                                           5 pts
  • Nursing role in the promotion of the health of the affected population       5 pts
  • Summary of issue’s relevance to nursing and health                                     5 pts
  • Writing style, APA citation, defense of argument in the discussion board         5 pts
Introduction to the topic State the topic of concern (i.e. air pollution); a brief reason why it is a problem; implications for public/population/community health; any policy issues
Summary of the relevant literature This is important; the literature supports the seriousness of the topic; provides evidence of the problem, impact etc.  Sources should be from peer reviewed literature; try to limit web site sources
Development and presentation of the argument This is your position.  For example, if my topic was contaminated water in Flint, Michigan; I might take the position that the Federal Government needs to provide more funds, oversight, etc. to remedy the situation;
Refutation of counterclaims   Explain briefly, those who have a different perspective/opinion/position about the subject.  In example above, perhaps there are factions of the government that claim that the work is done and there is no need for additional intervention.  After you provide one or two of the counterclaims, describe why you feel differently.  In case above, “new cases of lead poisoning are emerging since the end of the funding, etc.
Nursing role in the promotion of the health of the affected population Self-explanatory; Is it participating in screening? Education? Attending community meetings?
Summary of issue’s relevance to nursing and health Why as a community of nursing/profession is the issue important?  Think of our class, why are environmental issues important to nursing as a profession?
Writing style, use of APA citation Self explanatory


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