The purpose of this academic paper is to provide students with the opportunity t
The purpose of this academic paper is to provide students with the opportunity to engage and broadly explore a Canadian population health social justice issue (e.g. racism, sexism, poverty) using academic health literature. Students will critically reflect on a Canadian selected population and social justice theme, and develop their own perspective or argument about the social justice issue. Students will explore the role of the nurse using the CNA Code of Ethics and Community Health Nurses of Canada standards. According to the World Health Organization, “Social justice is a matter of life and death. It affects the way people live, their consequent chance of illness, and their risk of premature death” (2008, p. 1). The Canadian Nurses Association (2006) defines social justice as the fair distribution of society’s benefits, responsibilities and their consequences. It focuses on the relative position of social groups to one another and seeks to uncover the root causes of inequities and what can be done to mitigate them. Bound by our professional code of ethics (Canadian Nurses Association, 2017), nurses are required to act as advocates to promote the health and well-being of individuals and groups. Social justice is advocacy focused on a particular vulnerable group or population alongside the needs of the individual. Introduction ● Clearly identify the population and social justice theme being explored. ● Provide a clear introduction to the key themes being utilized in the paper. ● Direct the reader on the purpose and direction the paper will take. Content ● Draw upon 3-5 academic sources published within the past 10 years, the CNA code of ethics, and at least one CHNC standard to discuss the selected social justice theme. ● Analyze and discuss what you have learned about your chosen social justice theme and population by exploring what is known about the social justice theme within the population chosen, how it affects the population, and why this theme is currently important in the Canadian context. ● Identify 2-3 relevant social determinants of health and explore how they may intersect to increase risk related to your topic. ● Explore ways in which nurses can actively engage with this issue in their practice (e.g. how can nurses be activists and advocates in this regard? What are some potential interventions?). Critically reflect on the role of nursing in promoting social justice, health equity, and population health, and how this can be achieved. ● Articulate your own perspectives. Discuss any gaps in your knowledge of the topic, and what else you’d like to learn about as applicable. Conclusion ● Summarize the key points made within the context of the paper.

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