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Social Justice
Beverly James
Submitted to Cheryl Smith RN MSN FNP-BC in partial fulfillment of NR452 Contemporary Topics in Healthcare
Regis University
December 11, 2011

Social Justice
According to Stanhope and Lancaster social justice refers to “providing humane care and social supports for the most disadvantage members of society” (Stanhope & Lancaster, p. 386, 2010). As a nurse in the community we can be advocates for those who are disadvantaged and “facilitate change in public policy to intervene and promote social justice…many of the determinants of health are beyond an individual’s control, the interventions needed are likewise what a single person can do. Nurses can be advocates for policy changes to improve social, economic, and environmental factors that predispose vulnerable populations to poor health” (Stanhope & Lancaster, p. 391, 2010). The purpose of this paper will examine the topic of social justice that I choose as a focus for my paper. I will provide a reason for choosing this topic and its relevance to my current nursing practice. My discussions will be based on my learning objective: reflect on service learning as it relates to a sense of community and social justice in society. Further discussion examines the three professional articles related to my chosen learning objective and provides a brief synopsis of these articles. Finally I will summarize the implications that I learned from my Course Readings and Review of Literature on Learning Objectives as it relates to my nursing practice. Chosen Topic

My chosen subject is social justice. I choose this topic because of the commitment to the community that I live in. Service learning provides a positive impact within the community and develops stronger academic skills throughout my learning process. I am able to make a difference by being an advocate for those who are the most disadvantaged members of our society. Social justice or distributive justice-“requires that there be a fair distribution of the benefits and burdens in society based on the needs and contributions of its members...this principle requires that consistent with the dignity and worth of its members and within the limits imposed by its resources, a society must determine a minimal level of goods and services to be available to its members…distributive or social justice refers to the allocation of benefits and burdens to members of society” (Stanhope & Lancaster, p. 56, 2010). Our hospital serves the local community and does not discriminate. Community members can access the Centura Health System when they need care, knowing that they will get equal care and treatment. There is lifelong civic participation, and as a nurse we must be responsible for our actions secondary to the real-life experiences in our communities. Learning Objective

The course weekly Learning Objective I choose for the topic is: reflect on service learning as it relates to a sense of community and social justice in society. Nursing schools require a commitment through service learning for students to work with the community and under-served. Through this commitment they are able to reflect on their learning experience through journaling. Students “critically examine their actions and the larger social issues related to inequality, lack of appropriate health care, poverty, human rights, and social justice” (Kelley, Connor, Kun & Salmon, p. 7, 2008). There is a social responsibility that obligates nurse to promote “equality, access and justice…it must be understood that social responsibility is conceptuality different than volunteerism or service learning and it is not a one time experience. It is working for social justice” (Kelley, Connor, Kun & Salmon, p. 13, 2008). Our Nursing Code of Ethics guides us toward our duties and responsibilities as a nurse. In provision 8: The nurse collaborates with other health care professionals and the public in promoting community, national,...
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