Should the government mandate vaccination for all US citizens?
Professional nursing requires a balance between evidence based knowledge, skills, and attitudes and professional confidence, maturity, caring, and compassion. In this global society, patient populations are increasingly diverse. Therefore, essential to the care of diverse populations is the need for evidence based knowledge and sensitivity to variables such as age, gender, culture, health disparities, socioeconomic status, race, and spirituality. Altruism (the belief in or practice of disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others), autonomy (freedom from external control or influence; independence), human dignity (equal and inalienable rights of all members), integrity (the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness), and social justice (justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society) are professional values of the caring, professional nurse. Nurses, guided by these values, demonstrate ethical behavior in patient care (AACN, Faculty Tool Kit: Essentials of Baccalaureate Education, 2009, p.8)
• Choose one (Should the government mandate vaccination for all US citizens?
)of the following topics in public health and write a 4-page paper highlighting how the principles of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, or social justice can be applied to the topic you chose. Provide background on the topic, choose a stand on the topic and support your stand of the topic with a minimum of four (4) peer reviewed, scholarly sources throughout the paper.
Page count does not include cover page and references. Paper must be typed using 12 point Times New Roman font, double spaced, and follow APA guidelines for margins, cover page, running head, and references.
• Should the government mandate vaccination for all US citizens?