Academic Essays

Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope

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View:  What’s Cooking?

Read:

Bible: Genesis 18:1-33 Song of Songs(all of it) Sirach 7:18-36 Luke 19:1-10 1Peter 3:1-12

Hebrews 13:1-8

US Bishops’ Pastoral Letter: Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope

To answer the following, please be certain to use specific citations from the above readings to clarify and to support your answers.

Questions for Discussion: Use 75-100 words to answer each question

What makes for good relations within a family?

What role does peer pressure play in your life?

Why are meals so important to humans?  We are the only animals who eat for pleasure.

What are some traditions in your family that center around meals?

Long Essay:  Please use 400-500 words to complete the Long Essay

Each family in the movie has a guest who doesn’t “fit.” What is the importance of the guest?  Are there any people in your family or life who don’t “fit.”  How are they a blessing and challenge?

Have you ever been the person how doesn’t “fit?”  How did that work out?

 

View: As Good as It Gets

Read:

US Bishops’ Pastoral Letter: Always Our Children

To answer the following, please be certain to use specific citations from the above readings to clarify and to support your answers.

Questions for Discussion: Use 75-100 words to answer each question

Reflect on your life.  How do you treat others? How do you influence others’ lives in a positive way?

Do you allow others in your life to affect you in a positive way? Are you willing to trust others to help you or do you try to accomplish things on your own?  Why?

Do you accept diversity in your life?  Do you accept those who are different from you? Why? or why not?

Long Essay:  Please use 400-500 words to complete the Long Essay.

Reflect on the story in the movie. Which character are you most like?   How do we make our lives better?  What is the significance of the title?  Where do you see yourself 5, 10, 20, 50 years from now?  How are you going to get there?  Who are you taking with you? Explain.

 

View:Deadman Walking

Read:

Joseph Cardinal Bernadin’s A Consistent Ethic of Life (aka Seamless Garment of Life)

To answer the following, please be certain to use specific citations from the above readings to clarify and to support your answers.

Questions for Discussion: Use 75-100 words to answer each question.

Can one be against abortion and for Capital Punishment?  Explain. consider the recent comments of Pope Francis regarding the Death Penalty.

Did your thoughts about Capital Punishment change during the film?  How?

Discuss your feelings for Matthew Poncelet?  Did they change during the film? Explain.

Long Essay:  Please use 400-500 words to complete the Long Essay.

Please discuss the pros and cons of the Death Penalty.  What does the Catholic Church teach about it?  What are your thoughts concerning the Death Penalty?

 

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commercialization and industrialization

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The purpose of this assignment is to help you hone your critical thinking skills. You will provide exposition and criticism of a theory of pop culture. You may choose either Mass Cultural Theory or Critical Theory. For this assignment you will provide a detailed discussion of a theory of pop culture and provide critical discussion of this theory. Your essay should include some discussion of the following questions:
1. What or who determines popular culture? Where does popular culture come from? Does it emerge from the people themselves as an autonomous expression of their interests and modes of experience, or is it imposed from above by those in positions of power as a type of social control?
2. Describe how commercialization and industrialization influences popular culture. Does reducing culture to commodity mean that the criteria of profitability and marketability take precedence over quality, artistry, integrity and intellectual challenge? Or does it result in a universal market where what is popular actually correspond to what people want and think is valuable. Does marketability and profitability actually produce quality art or does it only benefit business interests.
3. Is popular culture used to control and indoctrinate the people? Is it used to get people to accept and adhere to ideas and values which will ensure the continued dominance of a particular elite and allow them to exercise power over them? Or is popular culture about rebellion and opposition to the prevailing social order? Is pop cultural a spontaneous genuine burst of creativity or is it just a means through which a dominate group exercises control of society. After you provide an accurate account of one of these theories of pop culture, you should then review the strengths and weaknesses of the theory. Can you identify some objections to the theory? You can research objections, but you need to consult reputable sources.
(CLO#1) Create a logical written argument about values and popular culture which includes scholarly research.
Criteria:

  • Provides accurate analysis of pop culture, using research on one of these theories of pop culture, including strengths and weaknesses of this theory.
  • Analyze how pop culture is used in commercialization, industrialization and indoctrination of society.
  • Provide examples of pop culture artifacts that support your stance on how pop culture is used to influence others.

Addressing A Decrease In Mammography Volume

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SCENE ONE: The Vice President of Clinical Services reviewed a  report from radiology and noticed a decrease in the volume of  mammography studies performed over the past 9 months. She wants to learn  what may be contributing to the decrease, so she arranges to meet with  the Radiology Performance Improvement Team (R-PIT) which monitors the  performance of the radiology department and works on improving services.

  1. As the lead on R-PIT, you begin by completing the R-PIT Plan of  Action which will be presented to the VP of Clinical Services for  approval. Copy the R-PIT table below into a Word Document and complete  it for submission.

 R-PIT Plan of Action
Complete the four boxes in the right   column for presentation to the VP. VP will review for approval and roll-out.    Identify   the issue – record it for reference.
Identify a   quality measure to determine cause of the issue.
Identify   the category of data on the measure identified in  (b) above. (Tangible vs.   intangible, structure, outcome, process  measures).
Explain   the rationale for using the quality measure identified in (b) above.

Approval given by VP:   __________________________________ on date ___________________________.

SCENE TWO: Six months later (after the R-PIT was approved,  quality measure researched and radiology quality improvement action has  been completed) you request a new data report to validate mammography  improvements. The new data report demonstrates a new problem,  unfortunately, and this problem is outside of the radiology department.  You find that of the 1800 mammograms completed in radiology over the  last 3 months, only 27% of them have been coded and therefore have not  been billed. This leaves a little over 1300 mammograms unbilled which is  likely why multiple patients have called recently asking why they have  not been billed.
You went to high school with the coding manager, Charmaine, and head  over to her office to share this information. Charmaine asks you about  the Process Improvement Team and you offer to assist with the newly  discovered Coding Delay Issue. Charmaine is committed to HIM best  practices for her entire coding team, including the outpatient clinic  coding group.

  1. Complete the HIM Plan of Action which will be presented to the VP  of Financial Services for approval. Copy the table below into a Word  Document and complete it for submission.

 HIM Plan of Action
Complete the four boxes in the right   column for presentation to the VP. VP will review for approval and roll-out.    Identify   the issue – record it for reference.
Identify a   quality measure to determine cause of the issue.
Identify   the category of data on the measure identified in  (b) above. (Tangible vs.   intangible, structure, outcome, process  measures).
Explain   the rationale for using the quality measure identified in (b) above.

Approval given by VP:   __________________________________ on date ___________________________.

3.    Consider Charmaine’s intention of functioning with Best  Practices. Create a Best Practices Coding Statement for Charmaine to use  for her own Performance Improvement Team in HIM. Best Practice  considerations should include at a minimum – patient satisfaction,  financial well-being of the facility and chart completion requirements  by regulating agencies such as CMS (Centers for Medicaid and Medicare  Services).
Your submission will have 1) a completed R-PIT table, 2) a completed  HIM Plan of Action table and 3) a Coding Best Practices Statement.

EDiscovery Guidelines

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This  week we are going even further into the legalities of health  information and  the focus is eDiscovery. eDiscovery refers to  electronic data that is sought  for the use of evidence in a legal  proceeding. As you all know, technology is  heavily used in the  provision and documentation of healthcare. This means that  electronic  data is being utilized as evidence more often now then it was when   healthcare facilities were keeping mostly paper health records. An HIM   professional works with these related challenges:

  • How  do we ensure that our organization is adequately preserving data?
  • How  do we properly identify data sources that may contain information that is  pertinent to eDiscovery?
  • How  do we ensure that there is appropriate access and security of data that is  being sought as evidence in eDiscovery?

In this  assignment, please create Guidelines for eDiscovery for a  current day  healthcare facility. Use your text, supplemental resources  available on this  topic at AHIMA.org and resources available in the  Rasmussen College Library to  guide your research.

Your  submission must contain a list of numbered guidelines that are  supported by  professional resources evidenced in citations. Do not copy  from your resources  but rather create original guidelines and support  them with resource material  via citations. The average submission will  be no more than 2 pages plus a  resource page.

Job Outlook Memo

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Job Outlook Memo

Learning Objective: Explain the job outlook for your chosen profession

Assignment: Write a 1 page memo. Minimum 300 words.

Audience: The audience for this memo is high school seniors interested in your major ( Civil Engineering).  Your memo will be included in the career handbook published by your college.

Instructions: Research the job market for graduates in your major (Civil engineering) and in a one to two page memo describing the job outlook in your field (prospects for the coming decade, salaries, subspecialties, promotional opportunities, etc.). Write for high school seniors interested in your major.

Sources: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a job outlook for various positions in various industries; it also provides information regarding the salary, job description and educational requirements for those positions.

Professional association websites can also contain information about the work environment as well as the occupation’s overall role in the industry.

When I evaluate your memo I will consider:

-Does the memo explain the profession or career clearly?

-Provide factual information?

-Supply evidence derived from research?

-Targeted to your audience, high school students?

Other considerations:

Is the memo clearly and logically organized?

Is the style and tone appropriate for the intended audience?

Is the memo well-written, grammatically and mechanically?

Does the memo meet the minimum word requirement?

Are all sources cited correctly using APA style?

Nursing Theory

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1- Discuss  and provide 2 specific ways Early Conceptualization About Nursing Theory can be applied to advanced practice nursing. Identify one MSN Essential that most relates to this particular topic.

*Under the Class Resources tab, students will find the MSN Essentials which help to guide and shape graduate nursing education. Select 1 of these essentials that most closely reflect the concepts of this theory.**

-All discussion posts must be minimum 250 words, references must be cited in APA format, and must include minimum of 2 scholarly resources published within the past 5-7 years.  Please be sure to cite your reference(s) in APA format, at the end of your posting.

One of the reference that you can use would be:

1- Nursing Theories and Nursing Practice (Parker, Nursing Theories and Nursing Practice) Authors: Marlaine Smith PhD RN AHN-BC FAAN; Marilyn E. Parker PhD RN FAAN, edition 4

research literature

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Conduct research to identify a company that operates in two countries located in two different geographical regions. After evaluating the assigned readings and the research literature related to this module, explain adjustments that had to be made in the way the business operates in each country and how products and/or services are offered in one country versus the other.

Submit your findings in a 2–3-page paper. Make sure you write in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrate ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; and display accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.