Purpose
This assignment increases the students’ awareness of the National Patient Safety Goals developed by The Joint
Commission. Specifically, this assignment will introduce the Speak Up Initiatives, an award-winning patient safety
program designed to help patients promote their own safety by proactively taking charge of their healthcare.
Course outcomes: This assignment enables the student to meet the following course outcomes:
CO #2: Apply the concepts of health promotion and illness prevention in the laboratory setting. (PO #2)
CO #8: Explain the rationale for selected nursing interventions based upon current nursing literature. (PO #8)
Due date: Your faculty member will inform you when this assignment is due. The Late Assignment Policy applies to
this assignment.
Total points possible: 50 points
Preparing the assignment

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  1. Follow these guidelines when completing this assignment. Speak with your faculty member if you have questions.
    a. Select a Speak Up brochure from The Joint Commission website.
    b. Write a short paper reviewing the brochure. Use the Grading Criteria (below) to structure your critique.
    c. Include current nursing or healthcare journal article to support your critique.
  2. Include the following sections
    a. Introduction of brochure (3 points/6%)
    i. Includes brochure title
    ii. Identifies date published
    iii. Describes individuals or groups
    iv. Brochure properly cited, included on reference list, and submitted with assignment
    b. Summary of article (5 points/ 10%) -brochure citation required
    i. Explain the main topics discussed
    c. Communication (5 points/10 %) -brochure citation required
    i. Review information that promotes communication between patients and healthcare providers
    d. Personal Reflection (2 points /4%)
    i. Why did this topic interest you?
    e. Evaluation of brochure (14 points/28% total (2 points each) (Brochure & nursing article must be cited)
    i. Was the information provided in the brochure beneficial? Could you incorporate it in your patient
    education?
    ii. What was done well, and what could have been improved in the brochure?
    iii. Was the information presented clearly?
    iv. Did current nursing or healthcare related research article support the information presented in the
    brochure?
    v. What population or individuals does this article apply to (i.e., who will benefit the most from this
    brochure)?
    vi. Who else can use this information?
    vii. Will this information increase patient safety?
    f. Evidence Review & Application (5 points/10% total)
    i. Evidence was integrated from a recent (5 years) scholarly nursing journal article to support your answers.
    g. Conclusion (5 points/10%)
    i. Restates main ideas
    ii. Includes supporting information from body of paper
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    iii. Summarizes the benefits of following the brochure’s advice to a person at risk
    h. APA style and structure (2 points/4%)
    i. Adheres to current APA edition formatting guidelines for title page, margins, in-text citations, and
    references
    ii. Section headers are required
    a. Summary of Brochure
    b. Patient Communication
    c. Personal Reflection
    d. Evaluation of Brochure
    e. Evidence Review and Application
    f. Conclusion
    iii. Paper is no longer than three (3) pages, excluding title page, reference page, and copy of brochure
    a. Extra pages will not be read or contribute to the assignment grade
    i. Clarity of writing (9 points/18%)
    i. Proper use of Standard English
    ii. Shows original thought
    iii. No spelling or grammar errors
    iv. Information presented in a logical progression
    For writing assistance (APA, formatting, or grammar) visit the Citing Library Sources page in the online library.
    Please note that your instructor may provide you with additional assessments in any form to determine that you
    fully understand the concepts learned in the review module.
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    Grading Rubric: Criteria are met when the student’s application of knowledge demonstrates achievement of the outcomes for this assignment.
    Assignment Section and
    Required Criteria
    (Points possible/% of total points available)
    Highest Level of
    Performance
    High Level of
    Performance
    Satisfactory
    Level of
    Performance
    Unsatisfactory
    Level of
    Performance
    Section
    not
    present
    Introduction of Brochure
    (3 points/6%)
    3 Points 2 points 1 point 0 points
    Required Criteria
  3. Includes brochure title
  4. Identifies date published
  5. Describes individuals or groups
  6. Brochure properly cited, included on reference list,
    and submitted with assignment
    Includes no less than 4 required
    criteria.
    Includes no less
    than 3 required
    criterion.
    Includes no less
    than 2 required
    criterion.
    Section not
    present or
    includes less
    than 1
    criterion
    Summary of Brochure
    (5 points/10%) 5 points 0 points
    Required Criteria
  7. Review the main topics Includes no less than 1 required criteria. Section not present
    Patient Communication
    (5 points/10%)
    5 points 0 Points
    Required Criteria
  8. Includes information to promote communication
    between patients and healthcare providers
    Includes no less than 1 required criteria. Section not present.
    Personal Reflection
    (2 points/ 4%) 2 points 0 Points
    Required Criteria
  9. Why did this topic interest you? Includes no less than 1 criteria. Section not present
    Evaluation of Brochure
    14 points total—2 points each
    (14 points/28 %) 2 points 0 points
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    Required Criteria
  10. Was the information provided in the brochure
    beneficial? Could you incorporate it in your patient
    education?
    Includes no less than 1 criteria. Section not present
    Required Criteria
  11. What was done well, and what could have been
    improved in the brochure?
    Includes no less than 1 criteria. Section not present
    Required Criteria
  12. Was the information presented clearly?
    Includes no less than 1 criteria. Section not present
    Required Criteria
  13. Did current nursing or healthcare related research
    support the information presented in the brochure?
    Includes no less than 1 criteria. Section not present
    Required Criteria
  14. What population or individuals does this brochure apply
    to (i.e., who will benefit the most from this brochure)?
    Includes no less than 1 criteria. Section not present
    Required Criteria
  15. Who else can use this information?
    Includes no less than 1 criteria. Section not present
    Required Criteria
  16. Will this information increase patient safety?
    Includes no less than 1 criteria. Section not present
    Evidence Review & Application
    (5 points /10%) 5 points 0 points
    Required Criteria
  17. Evidence from a recent (5 years) scholarly nursing journal
    article was integrated within the Evaluation of Brochure
    section to support your answers.
    Includes no less than 1 criteria. Does not include criteria
    Conclusion
    (5 points/10%) 5 points 4 points 2 points 0 points
    Required criteria
  18. Restates main ideas
  19. Includes supporting information from body of
    paper
  20. Summarizes the benefits of following the
    brochure’s advice to a person at risk
    Includes no less than 3 required criteria. Includes no less
    than 2
    requirements for
    section.
    Present, yet
    includes no
    required criteria.
    Section not
    present.
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    APA Style and Organization
    (2 points/4%) 2 points 0 points
    Required criteria
  21. Adheres to current APA edition formatting
    guidelines for title page, margins, and in-text
    citations, and references
  22. Section headers used
    a. Summary of Brochure
    b. Patient Communication
    c. Personal Reflection
    d. Evaluation of Brochure
    e. Evidence Review and Application
    f. Conclusion
  23. Paper is no longer than three (3) pages, excluding
    title page, reference page, and copy of brochure.
    a. Extra pages will not be read or contribute to
    the assignment grade
    Includes all required criteria Does not include all required
    criteria
    Clarity of Writing
    (9 points/18%) 9 points 8 points 7 points 6 points 0 points
    Required criteria
  24. Proper use of Standard English
  25. Shows original thought
  26. No spelling or grammar errors
  27. Information presented in a logical progression
    Includes no less
    than 4
    requirements for
    section.
    Includes no less
    than 3
    requirements for
    section,
    Includes no less
    than 2
    requirements for
    section.
    Includes 1
    requirement for
    section.
    No
    requirements
    for this
    section
    presented.
    Total Points Possible = 50 points