Identify three primary types of energy that power your home as well as all of the homes in your community. You may find this information on your community Web site or the Web sites of the local power companies. For example, your community may use electricity and solar panels.

It is easy to criticize society for not using renewable resources, but in reality, how difficult would this transition be? What processes and procedures would be involved? How would such a transition be made?

The purpose of this assignment is for you to consider what type of energy your neighborhood is currently powered by and what it would really take to convert this source to a renewable one. How much would it take to switch your community to a renewable resource and what would this mean for the environment?

For the assignment, complete the following:

  • Identify three primary types of energy that power your home as well as all of the homes in your community. You may find this information on your community Web site or the Web sites of the local power companies. For example, your community may use electricity and solar panels.
  • Explain how the sources of energy you identified impact the environment. Consider the following:
    • Does the use of these types of energy resource have a negative impact on the environment in your area?
    • Does your community have nuclear waste to dispose of?
    • Has your community always used these three power sources? If so, how do you feel this has impacted the environment over time?
    • How much of an impact have these sources of energy had on local air and water quality?
  • Considering the current source(s) of power available, determine how much energy your house uses each month. You can find this information on your monthly energy bill.Calculate your annual usage for a year. Using this value, estimate the energy consumption for your community. The US Census Bureau is one resource you can use to estimate the number of households in your community.
    You can use the following formulae for this calculation:

    (monthly energy usage) × (12 months per year) = (household energy usage per year);
    (yearly energy estimate for your house) × (estimated number of houses in your community) = (estimated yearly energy use for your community)
    The following is an example of the above calculation:
    52.8-kilowatt hours (kwh) per month × 12 months = 633.6 kwh;
    633.6 kwh × 200 houses in your community = 126,720 kwh

  • Recommend a realistic, renewable resource to power your community, using your calculated power needs. Consider the following sources: hydropower, solar power, wind turbines, and geothermal energy.
    • Which source would be the best for your community?
    • Justify your choice based on the kind of resources that are available, how much power these alternative sources can produce, and your estimated energy demands for the community.
  • Having recommended an alternative power source, conclude by addressing the following:
    • How realistic is this alternative power source for your community?
    • How will people in your community respond to energy conversion? Will they support it or be against it? Give reasons.
    • How expensive would it be to convert to the alternative power source you recommended? How would this new source impact the environment?
    • What organisms would benefit most from this conversion?

Support your statements with appropriate examples and approximately 4–6 credible resources.

Write an 8–10-page paper in Word format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

Choose a living organism, and explain how it illustrates each of the characteristics of life.

What does it take to be a living organism?

Living things share eight characteristics (listed in Chapter 1 of your textbook on page 19). A living thing grows, undergoes metabolism, responds to its environment, reproduces, passes DNA to the next generation, maintains homeostasis, changes over time, and is made up of cells. A nonliving thing may seem to do one or more of these things, but to be classified as living, all eight characteristics must be present. Sometimes, you may see something that seems alive but is not. Water, for example, moves, responds to temperature, dissolves substances, erodes rocks, and so on, but it does not have DNA and is not made up of cells. Other times, you may see a thing and think it cannot be alive, yet it is. Coral looks like a rock, but a coral reef is actually made up of millions of tiny animals.

Focus your discussion on only 1 of the following topics:

  • Choose a living organism, and explain how it illustrates each of the characteristics of life.
  • Research and describe an organism or cell in which all 8 characteristics are not obvious. For example, coral looks like it does not move, red blood cells do not reproduce and have no DNA, frogs freeze in the winter and it, therefore, seems as if they do not maintain homeostasis, and so on. Describe the missing feature, and explain how this organism still meets the criteria of a living thing.
  • Compare a living thing with a nonliving thing of your choice that has some of the characteristics that define life. For example, a car exhibits metabolism (burning gas and producing heat), a characteristic of life, but is not alive because it cannot reproduce.
  • Compare and contrast the following pairs based on the 8 characteristics that define life:
    • A rock and a snail
    • A lamp and a tree
  • Discuss some of the characteristics that fire shares with living things (it can grow, it metabolizes, and so on).

Utilize at least 1 credible source to support the arguments presented in your post. Make sure you cite appropriately within your narrative and list the reference(s) in APA format.

NURSING

In this assignment, you will select a program, quality improvement initiative, or other project from your place of employment. Assume you are presenting this program to the board for approval of funding. Write an executive summary (850-1,000 words) to present to the board, from which they will make their decision to fund your program or project. The summary should include:

The purpose of the program or project.
The target population or audience.
The benefits of the program or project
The cost or budget justification.
The basis upon which the program or project will be evaluated.
Share your written proposal with your manager, supervisor or other colleague in a formal leadership position within a health care organization. Request their feedback using the following questions as prompts:

Do you believe the proposal would be approved if formally proposed?
What are some strengths and weaknesses of the proposal?
Submit the written proposal along with the “Executive Summary Feedback Form.”

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Please refer to the directions in the Student Success Center.

Post a description of the respiratory disorder you selected, including its pathophysiology and types of drugs that would be prescribed to treat patients. Then, explain how the factor you selected might impact the pathophysiology of the disorder as well as the effects of prescribed drugs. Finally, explain how you would facilitate the care of the patient with the patient’s care team.

Discussion: Respiratory Disorders

In clinical settings, patients often present with various respiratory symptoms, such as congestion, coughing, and wheezing. While identifying a symptom’s underlying illness can be challenging, it is essential because even basic symptoms, such as persistent coughing, can be a sign of a more severe disorder. Advanced practice nurses must be able to differentiate between moderate and severe respiratory disorders, as well as to properly assist physicians in the diagnosis and prescription of drug treatments for patients. For this reason, it is necessary for you to have an understanding of the pathophysiology of respiratory disorders and patient factors that impact drug treatment.

To prepare:

  • Review this week’s mid course review.
  • Review Chapter 27 of the Huether and McCance text and Chapter 26 and Chapter 27 of the Arcangelo text.
  • Select and research one of the following respiratory disorders: the common cold, pneumonia, or a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), such as emphysema or chronic bronchitis. Consider the pathophysiology, as well as the types of drugs that would be prescribed to patients to treat this disorder.
  • Select one of the following factors: genetics, gender, ethnicity, age, or behavior. Consider how your selected factor might impact the pathophysiology of the disorder and effects of prescribed drugs.
  • Think about how you would facilitate the care of the patient with the patient’s care team. Remember that the care team might include physicians, advanced practice nurses, nurses, nursing assistants, home health aides, social workers, family members, etc.
By Day 3

Post a description of the respiratory disorder you selected, including its pathophysiology and types of drugs that would be prescribed to treat patients. Then, explain how the factor you selected might impact the pathophysiology of the disorder as well as the effects of prescribed drugs. Finally, explain how you would facilitate the care of the patient with the patient’s care team.

Read a selection of your colleagues’ responses.

Develop a PowerPoint presentation (15-20 slides) with accompanying speaker’s notes and citations.   In the presentation, address the following: 

It is important to promote the professional role of the nurse to provide health promotion and disease preventive care. Collaborating with other health care professionals and consumer groups in the community in redesigning health care can help meet the goals for Healthy People 2020. Refer to http://www.healthypeople.gov/ to open the Healthy People 2020 home page. 1.Select the “Topics & Objectives” tab to access the 2020 Topics & Objectives – Objectives A-Z page. 2.Select one of the Healthy People “Topic Areas” for improving health.

Develop a PowerPoint presentation (15-20 slides) with accompanying speaker’s notes and citations.   In the presentation, address the following:

1.State the objective of the presentation.

2.State the Healthy People 2020 focus area your group has selected and the rationale for selection of the specific focus area.

3.Explain how the focus area relates to the individual, the family, and the community, as well as to all age groups throughout the life span.

4.Identify ways to enhance or optimize health in the selected focus area using evidence-based research. A minimum of three peer-reviewed articles must be utilized.

5.Address the health disparity among different segments of the population for the selected focus area.

6.Provide a brief description of at least two community resources and at least two website resources for professionals and clients.

7.Provide a brief profile of at least one health-related organization for the selected focus area.  APA style is required for essays only. Solid academic writing is always expected. For all assignment delivery options, documentation of sources should be presented using APA formatting guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.  This assignment uses a rubric.

Review this week’s Learning Resources, focusing on the Six Aims for Improvement presented in the landmark report “Crossing the Quality Chasm: The IOM Health Care Quality Initiative.”

Improving the quality of health care delivery and patient safety continues to be a political concern and has been at the heart of reform issues for many years. The American Nurses Association (ANA) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) have increased awareness of health care quality and safety issues, as well as advocated for health care reform. The documents featured at the ANA and IOM websites listed in this week’s Learning Resources focus on many of the current issues surrounding quality and safety in the health care industry.

To prepare:

  • Review this week’s Learning Resources, focusing on the Six Aims for Improvement presented in the landmark report “Crossing the Quality Chasm: The IOM Health Care Quality Initiative.”
  • Consider these six aims with regard to your current organization, or one with which you are familiar. In what areas have you seen improvement? What areas still present challenges? As a nurse leader, how can you contribute to improving the organization’s achievement of these aims?
  • Select one specific quality or safety issue that is presenting a challenge in the organization. Consider at least one quality improvement strategy that could be used to address the issue, as well as which of the six aims for improvement would then be addressed.
  • Reflect on your professional practice and your experiences with inter-professional collaboration to improve quality and safety. How has inter-professional collaboration contributed to your organization’s efforts to realize the IOM’s six aims for improving health care? Where has inter-professional collaboration been lacking?

Post a description of the quality or safety issue you selected and a brief summary of the impact that this issue has on health care delivery. Describe at least one quality improvement strategy used to address this issue. Then explain which of the six “aims for improvement” are addressed by the strategy. Finally, explain how inter-professional collaboration helps improve quality in this area.

Read a selection of your colleagues’ responses.