DescriptionEssay Assignment
Nurse Leaders Promote Social Justice Essay
Topic: Examine the leadership skills and qualities that need to be demonstrated in practice to
promote ‘social justice’ in nursing.
Goal: The goal of this paper is to explore an issue from a nursing leadership perspective that
impacts current nursing practice, and to examine and critique how nurses can address the issue
to promote social justice.
In your essay discuss a prevalent social justice issue in nursing that is important to you and
explain how you may address this issue. As a nurse you are compelled to identify and act when
there is social injustice in healthcare. Think about the decisions you may make to ensure safe
and ethical care is provided that will help remove the disparities and improve your patient
health outcomes.
Consider the nursing leadership skills and competencies you discussed in class and that are
identified by the College of Nurses (CNO). Explain how the leadership skills are critical in
helping nurses provide safe and ethical care for the patients experiencing social injustices.
*Please proofread and carefully edit your paper before you submit your assignment. APA 7th edition
to be followed. See the rubric for a detailed grading scheme.
Start Planning your essay:
it is recommended you complete a written draft for your paper. This an excellent tool to help
you create an outline for you to follow when writing your essay. The more work you put into
your essay draft –the easier it will be to communicate and explain in writing your thoughts,
points, and analyze your experience.
Potential topics to consider:
Nursing shortage
Inequities in Women’s health outcomes
Opioid crisis
Safe Injection Sites
Racism in health care
Poverty and health inequities
Rationing health care resources
Issues accessing care in Indigenous
Hunger and food insecurity
Mental illness and access to healthcare
Providing healthcare for the homeless
Immigration and refugee access to health
care and resources
Impact of social media misinformation on
Health literacy and education
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender
Rights and access to health care and
Violence against women and children
Suicide prevention
Consider the following questions as you work on your draft and final paper:
1. What does social justice mean to you? What social injustice nursing issue is important to
you? What is an example of social justice in nursing? How is social justice part of your life?
Watch the YouTube videos—all are excellent and have something to offer about social justice
and healthcare:
What does social justice mean to you?
What is health equity?
Social Justice Walk with Cathy Crowe
Health Inequalities in Canada
Social Justice and Mental Health?
What Is Health Equity, and Why Does It Matter?
Indigenous Knowledge to Close Gaps in Indigenous Health
Social Justice – Poverty in Canada
Canada’s Homeless – An Untold Story (2018)
The challenges of being homeless during the pandemic | Generation Homeless, Episode 01
2. Consider the opinions and feelings of both sides of issue.
3. Examine how learning about the issue may influence your thoughts/opinions and the care
you provide your patients.
5. What is the nurse’s role in promoting social justice?
6. Identify the leadership skills that are outlined in the Canadian Nursing Association position
7. Review the CNO Professional Standard, CNO Nursing Competencies and CNO Code of
Conduct. How does my practice align with the leadership outlined in the CNO Professional

CNO Standard Spotlight: When nurses lead, patients are safer
Professional Standards, Revised 2002-Leadership. Ethical Practice, Professional
Accountability and Responsibility
CNO Code of Conduct
8. What does nurse leadership mean to me?
9. How am I developing as a leader and how can I expand my leadership potential?
Additional resources articles and videos you may find interesting that may support your essay:

Dyess, S., Sherman, R., Pratt, B., Chiang-Hanisko, L., (January 14, 2016) “Growing Nurse
Leaders: Their Perspectives on Nursing Leadership and Today’s Practice Environment”
OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing Vol. 21 No. 1.

Beyond Health Care: The Role of Social Determinants in Promoting Health and Health
Delivering on Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action–Health
Statement by Minister Bennett on the 5th anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation
final report
Stolen Children | Residential School survivors speak out

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