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Running head: NURSING LEADERSHIP Nursing Leadership: Asthma Initiative Name Affiliation
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NURSING LEADERSHIP Taking into consideration with the environmental component of health has often propelled nurses to become policy advocates at the community level. When nurses encounter several cases of lead poisoning in children in a concentrated area, they should see a necessity to develop programs in school for lead screen as well as various health education programs in order to recognize the presence of hazardous materials. In neighborhoods, especially socioeconomically disadvantaged ones, are impacted by their proximity to toxic waste, nurses retain the capacity to encourage denizens to participate in the local political process in public debates. Most alarmingly, asthma continues to be exacerbated by industrial air pollution, which calls for the need of nurses to lobby for better regulation and enforce extant air quality standards in addition to giving medical support to advocacy groups of citizens wanting to protest pollution at the community level. The school environment plays a critical role in maintaining the health and wellness of children in inner-city schools and can often be pinpointed as a major cause of preventable illness in youths who lack the resources for proper medical care. The purpose of this paper is to discuss a proposal for asthma intervention in socioeconomically advantaged neighborhood as a result of the escalation of children suffering from asthma attacks and asthma exacerbation at a local school. It will cover the impact of asthma on health outcomes and discuss specifics of the proposal, using empirical studies and peer-reviewed materials to support the dire need for asthma interventions for underprivileged youths. Asthma remains one of the most ubiquitous chronic illness and impacts more than seven million children under the age of seventeen. It has emerged as a prominent public health concern due to the fact that there has been an escalation in incidence during the past two 2
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NURSING LEADERSHIP decades, especially amongst minorities (Velsor-Friedrich et al., 2005). This proposed initiative would push for the implementation of an asthma management system in place in inner school cities where minority students are disproportionately affected by poor environmental conditions; as a result, an escalation of asthmatic students has been documented. Working with disadvantaged community members who suffer as a result of a lack of community resources will help me gain experience in class advocacy in meaningful way. Although class advocacy is a political approach to nursing leadership, it is important to be able to both focus on the opportunities of clients as well as working to change the system of opportunities afforded to individuals. Thus, this initiative will focus on shifting patterns of resource allocation in order to ensure that there is a system for the management of asthma through improvement in school environment facilities.
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