NURS 6050 Vaccination and Immunization
Description

If you talk about a possible poor health outcome, do you believe that outcome will occur? Do you believe eye contact and personal contact should be avoided?

You would have a difficult time practicing as a nurse if you believed these to be true. But they are very real beliefs in some cultures.

Differences in cultural beliefs, subcultures, religion, ethnic customs, dietary customs, language, and a host of other factors contribute to the complex environment that surrounds global healthcare issues. Failure to understand and account for these differences can create a gulf between practitioners and the public they serve.

In this Assignment, you will examine a global health issue and consider the approach to this issue by the United States and by one other country.

To Prepare:

Review the World Health Organization’s (WHO) global health agenda and select one global health issue to focus on for this Assignment.
Select at least one additional country to compare to the U.S. for this Assignment.
Reflect on how the global health issue you selected is approached in the U.S. and in the additional country you selected.
Review and download the Global Health Comparison Matrix provided in the Resources.

The Assignment: (1- to 2-page Global Health Comparison Matrix; 1-page Plan for Social Change)

Part 1: Global Health Comparison Matrix

Focusing on the country you selected and the U.S., complete the Global Health Comparison Matrix. Be sure to address the following:

Consider the U.S. national/federal health policies that have been adapted for the global health issue you selected from the WHO global health agenda. Compare these policies to the additional country you selected for study.
Explain the strengths and weaknesses of each policy.
Explain how the social determinants of health may impact the global health issue you selected. Be specific and provide examples.
Using the WHO’s Organization’s global health agenda as well as the results of your own research, analyze how each country’s government addresses cost, quality, and access to the global health issue selected.
Explain how the health policy you selected might impact the health of the global population. Be specific and provide examples.
Explain how the health policy you selected might impact the role of the nurse in each country.
Explain how global health issues impact local healthcare organizations and policies in both countries. Be specific and provide examples.

Part 2: A Plan for Social Change

Reflect on the global health policy comparison and analysis you conducted in Part 1 of the Assignment and the impact that global health issues may have on the world, the U.S., your community, as well as your practice as a nurse leader.

In a 1-page response, create a plan for social change that incorporates a global perspective or lens into your local practice and role as a nurse leader.

Explain how you would advocate for the incorporation of a global perspective or lens into your local practice and role as a nurse leader.
Explain how the incorporation of a global perspective or lens might impact your local practice and role as a nurse leader.
Explain how the incorporation of a global perspective or lens into your local practice as a nurse leader represents and contributes to social change. Be specific and provide examples
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Regarding the approach to global health issues, it is important to consider cultural and societal differences between countries. The United States and other countries may have different policies and approaches to addressing a particular global health issue, and it is important to understand and take these differences into account.

When completing the Global Health Comparison Matrix, it is important to consider the national and federal health policies that have been implemented in both the United States and the additional country selected for study. By comparing these policies, one can analyze the strengths and weaknesses of each and how they address the global health issue at hand. It is also important to consider the social determinants of health and how they may impact the global health issue, as well as analyzing how each country’s government addresses cost, quality, and access to the issue.

In the Plan for Social Change, one could advocate for incorporating a global perspective into local practice and role as a nurse leader. This could include educating oneself and colleagues on different cultural approaches to healthcare, and being mindful of how global health issues may impact the local community. By incorporating a global perspective, the nurse leader can better understand and address the diverse healthcare needs of their patients. Additionally, this incorporation of a global perspective represents and contributes to social change by promoting cultural competence and inclusivity in healthcare.
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Vaccination and Immunization is a global health issue that is an important component of preventing the spread of infectious diseases and promoting public health. The World Health Organization (WHO) has outlined a global health agenda to promote and improve vaccination and immunization programs worldwide.
In the United States, national and federal health policies have been implemented to promote vaccination and immunization. These policies include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) vaccination schedule, which recommends specific vaccinations at different ages, and the Vaccines for Children program, which provides vaccines to children who may not have access to them.
In comparison, let’s say for example, in the United Kingdom, the National Health Service (NHS) has developed a National Immunization Schedule, which includes recommendations for vaccinations at different ages, and the NHS also provides vaccines to individuals who may not have access to them.
The strengths of the U.S. policy include the use of a recommended vaccination schedule and the provision of vaccines to those who may not have access. However, the weaknesses of the U.S policy include the lack of mandatory vaccination laws, which can result in low vaccination rates in some communities. On the other hand, the strength of the UK policy include mandatory vaccination laws and the provision of vaccines to those who may not have access. However, the weakness of the UK policy could be the limited availability of certain vaccines that are not covered by the NHS.
The social determinants of health can also impact vaccination and immunization rates. For example, individuals who live in low-income communities may have limited access to healthcare and may not be able to afford vaccinations. Additionally, certain cultural or religious beliefs may also affect an individual’s decision to vaccinate.

In terms of cost, quality and access, both countries have developed policies to ensure that vaccines are affordable, safe and effective.
The impact of vaccination and immunization policies on the global population includes the reduction of the spread of infectious diseases and the promotion of public health. The role of the nurse in each country may include administering vaccines, educating individuals and communities on the importance of vaccination and immunization, and promoting vaccination and immunization programs.
Global health issues such as vaccination and immunization impact local healthcare organizations and policies by requiring healthcare providers to stay current with recommendations and guidelines for vaccination and immunization, and to ensure that individuals have access to vaccines regardless of their ability to pay.
In a plan for social change, a nurse leader could advocate for incorporating a global perspective into their local practice by educating themselves and colleagues on different cultural approaches to vaccination and immunization. This could include understanding and respecting religious or cultural beliefs that may affect an individual’s decision to vaccinate. Additionally, the nurse leader could work to promote vaccination and immunization programs in their local community, particularly in low-income areas where access to healthcare may be limited. This incorporation of a global perspective represents and contributes to social change by promoting cultural competence and inclusivity in healthcare, and promoting the health and well-being of individuals and communities.