SCENARIO: “You are a community health nurse doing immunizations at a homeless sh

SCENARIO: “You are a community health nurse doing immunizations at
a homeless shelter who encounters a resident with serious environmental health
concerns. All three of the resident’s children are asthmatics. From the time
the family was forced to seek residence in the shelter, the
children–particularly the youngest–have had multiple acute asthma episodes. The
shelter manager is unwilling to correct the building’s dust, mold, and
inadequate heating problems and has told residents that they will be evicted if
they complain to the city about the conditions. There is a waiting list for the
shelter, as it is the only one available within the city limits. The mother
sees no way out for herself and her children. Anxious and distraught, she asks
you for help.”
CITATION: Institute of
Medicine (US) Committee on Enhancing Environmental Health Content in Nursing
Practice. (1995). Nursing, health, & environment: Strengthening the
relationship to improve the public’s health. National Academies Press.
https://doi.org/10.5860/choice.33-6345
OVERVIEW
The third group is the “sit back and watch” people, or
“do-nothings.” These individuals can be heard making comments such as, “I agree
with what you’re saying. I just don’t agree with your means,” “I’m not going to
get involved in this,” or “I’m too busy to belong to the organization”
(Catalano, 2019). The do-nothings tend to be observers, and if the other
constituent groups’ efforts are successful, they will join because they feel
they have supported the effort from an ideological standpoint. However, they
avoid any active involvement in politics. The 18th-century British politician
Edmund Burke recognized the danger of the do-nothings. He said, “The only thing
necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men [and women] to do nothing”
(Catalano, 2019).
INSTRUCTIONS
Create
a 1-page plan of action to help a nurse who has the “sit back and watch”
political mindset become more politically active regarding the issue introduced
in the scenario.
The
plan of action should reflect the concerns of this constituency. Include the
following:
1.
The constituent should state two specific concerns or
hesitations that prevent them from becoming more active.
2.
Your response as a politically active nurse should
reflect suggestions or solutions to their concerns.
3.
Provide two examples of how their constituency can
negatively or positively impact the policymaking process.

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