Cardiovascular Risk Management Discussion

Cardiovascular Risk Management Discussion

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Cardiovascular Risk Management Discussion

Cardiovascular Risk Management Discussion

Purpose: Discussion

Thing to Remember:

Answer this discussion with opinions/ideas creatively and clearly. Supports post using several  outside, peer-reviewed sources.
1 References, try to find resources that are 5 years or less
No errors with APA format.

DISCUSSION: Opinion Leader

Hamric, Hanson, Tracy, and O’Grady (2014) describes opinion leaders as those who are well respected by their colleagues and can make change happen through mentoring other clinicians. Hamric et al. (2014) states characteristics of opinion leaders are “likeable, trustworthy, and influential.” Opinion leaders do not have to be just clinicians but can be anyone who is influential to the patient’s health (Heijmans, van Lieshout, and Wensing, 2017).  Heijman et al. (2017) conducted a study on health care providers and delivery of evidence based care for cardiovascular risk management, which found most opinion leaders were primary care providers and delivery of evidenced based care is associated with the presence of an opinion leader directing care. Another study on chiropractic care done by Bussieres, Maiers, Grondin, and Brockhusen (2017) found utilizing opinion leaders would ultimately improve patient care through evidenced based research when presented by respected and influential clinicians.

I am an opinion leader in my current role as a worker’s compensation case manager. Hamric, Hanson, Tracy, and O’Grady (2014) describes opinion leaders as those who are well respected by their colleagues and can make change happen through mentoring other clinicians. Hamric et al. (2014) states characteristics of opinion leaders are “likeable, trustworthy, and influential.”  I am the first case manager for the company I work for and have helped develop the standard of practice and train other case managers nationwide. I took my role to the next level and became certified as a case manager on my own to ensure I was doing the best I could for the company and my patients. I am well respected by community physicians in regards to awareness of current laws in the state regarding workers’ compensation, treatment practices, and work requirements. I am eager to share my expertise and knowledge with new case managers in the company as well as staff nurses.

In the future, I see myself being an opinion leader for preventative health. In my current role, I am not able to address the patient in a holistic fashion due to barriers with workers’ compensation I am only able to address the work issue at hand which is what has led me to return to school and pursue my NP. I want myself, my family and my patients to take charge of their own health and prevent disease. I will accomplish through relationship building, motivational interviewing, and clinical education. I will be positive and energetic regarding preventative health motivating everyone around me including myself to be a better version of themselves. I will be approachable and continue to be eager in sharing my knowledge with others. Opinion leaders can be very influential in patient outcomes and I strive to practice as such as a NP.


Bussières, A. E., Maiers, M., Grondin, D., & Brockhusen, S. (2017). Selecting and training opinion leaders and best practice collaborators: experience from the Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative.Journal Of The Canadian Chiropractic Association, 61(1), 53-64.

Hamric, A.B., Hanson, C.M., Tracy, M. F., & O’Grady, E. T. (2014). Advanced practice nursing: An integrative approach (5th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier

Heijmans, N., van Lieshout, J., & Wensing, M. (2017). Information exchange networks of health care providers and evidence-based cardiovascular risk management: an observational study. Implementation Science, 121-12. doi:10.1186/s13012-016-0532-1

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The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.


Discussion Questions (DQ)

Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, include a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words.
Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source.
One or two sentence responses, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.
I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.
Weekly Participation

Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.
In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).
Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.
APA Format and Writing Quality

Familiarize yourself with APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required).
Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.
I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.
Use of Direct Quotes

I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’ level and deduct points accordingly.
As Masters’ level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.
It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.
LopesWrite Policy

For assignments that need to be submitted to LopesWrite, please be sure you have received your report and Similarity Index (SI) percentage BEFORE you do a “final submit” to me.
Once you have received your report, please review it. This report will show you grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that can easily be fixed. Take the extra few minutes to review instead of getting counted off for these mistakes.
Review your similarities. Did you forget to cite something? Did you not paraphrase well enough? Is your paper made up of someone else’s thoughts more than your own?
Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for tips on improving your paper and SI score.
Late Policy

The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.
Please communicate with me if you anticipate having to submit an assignment late. I am happy to be flexible, with advance notice. We may be able to work out an extension based on extenuating circumstances.
If you do not communicate with me before submitting an assignment late, the GCU late policy will be in effect.
I do not accept assignments that are two or more weeks late unless we have worked out an extension.
As per policy, no assignments are accepted after the last day of class. Any assignment submitted after midnight on the last day of class will not be accepted for grading.

Communication is so very important. There are multiple ways to communicate with me:Questions to Instructor Forum: This is a great place to ask course content or assignment questions. If you have a question, there is a good chance one of your peers does as well. This is a public forum for the class.
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Cardiovascular Risk Management Discussion