From the e-Activity, examine the primary reasons why medical tourism is becoming popular among Americans, and determine whether or not the health care industry should encourage this consumer behavior. Give at least two (2) specific examples associated with such patient . Compare and contrast electronic medical records with personal health records. Justify the ethical responsibility of keeping patients’ medical and personal health records confidential. Provide a rationale for your response.

From the e-Activity, examine the primary reasons why medical tourism is becoming popular among Americans, and determine whether or not the health care industry should encourage this consumer behavior. Give at least two (2) specific examples associated with such patient . Compare and contrast electronic medical records with personal health records. Justify the ethical responsibility of keeping patients’ medical and personal health records confidential. Provide a rationale for your response.

Your final project should be creative and interesting, and should be a minimum of 6 pages in length not to exceed 8 pages and you will use APA style formatting. It should be well-organized and demonstrate an orderly flow of information that clearly addresses the subject chosen. You should incorporate the following elements in the project: 1. Problem identification: Clearly indicate the issue you will discuss and the influence this problem has on land, air, water resources, plant life, animal life, and human societies. Discuss the long-term effects this problem will continue to create without a comprehensive solution. The problem can be of local, national, or global scope. 2. Solutions currently implemented: Discuss how the issue has been addressed historically. Determine the courses of action taken in science, technology, political and economic systems, laws and regulations, community-based initiatives, education, and so forth. Review the successes and limitations of these actions. 3. Recommendations: Explain the actions that you believe need to be developed and implemented to accomplish change. Discuss your solution from multiple perspectives, such as educational, legislative, scientific, technological, economic, and other points of view. In addition you should cite at least three other credible sources. Put these on your last page as works cited. You are cautioned to check out internet sources. The web abounds with junk science that is totally unreliable. Be sure to cross check your sources.

Your final project should be creative and interesting, and should be a minimum of 6 pages in length not to exceed 8 pages and you will use APA style formatting. It should be well-organized and demonstrate an orderly flow of information that clearly addresses the subject chosen.

You should incorporate the following elements in the project:

1. Problem identification: Clearly indicate the issue you will discuss and the influence this problem has on land, air, water resources, plant life, animal life, and human societies. Discuss the long-term effects this problem will continue to create without a comprehensive solution. The problem can be of local, national, or global scope. 2. Solutions currently implemented: Discuss how the issue has been addressed historically. Determine the courses of action taken in science, technology, political and economic systems, laws and regulations, community-based initiatives, education, and so forth. Review the successes and limitations of these actions. 3. Recommendations: Explain the actions that you believe need to be developed and implemented to accomplish change. Discuss your solution from multiple perspectives, such as educational, legislative, scientific, technological, economic, and other points of view.

In addition you should cite at least three other credible sources. Put these on your last page as works cited. You are cautioned to check out internet sources. The web abounds with junk science that is totally unreliable. Be sure to cross check your sources.

You are the HR manager for an upscale retail store which sells clothing, shoes, handbags, and other accessories. Due to the economic downturn, the company has experienced a significant reduction in earnings, resulting in the layoff of a number of retail sales associates. Business seems to be rebounding, but you are concerned about the performance of the retail sales staff. The CEO has requested that you recommend ways to increase sales and customer service. You believe that implementing a performance management system may help modify employee behavior and improve results. Write a six to eight (6-8) page paper in which you: 1. Create a job description for a retail sales associate, which includes the most significant components necessary to describe the job both internally and externally. 2. Create an organizational behavior modification (OBM) plan to define four (4) key behaviors that are required for successful job performance as a retail sales associate. Suggest the significant ways that your plan will benefit the organization. 3. Specify two (2) ways that you would measure whether current employees exhibit the key job performance behaviors. Propose two (2) methods that you could use to inform employees of the new performance standards. 4. Outline a plan with two (2) methods of providing feedback to employees. Include the frequency with which the feedback will be provided. Propose two (2) actions company leaders should take to reinforce positive employee behaviors. 5. Examine at least three (3) key legal and ethical issues that could potentially impact the performance management system. Support your response with specific examples of the identified issues’ possible effects on the performance management system. 6. Use at least four (4) quality academic (peer-reviewed) resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources. Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements: • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions. • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

You are the HR manager for an upscale retail store which sells clothing, shoes, handbags, and other accessories. Due to the economic downturn, the company has experienced a significant reduction in earnings, resulting in the layoff of a number of retail sales associates. Business seems to be rebounding, but you are concerned about the performance of the retail sales staff. The CEO has requested that you recommend ways to increase sales and customer service. You believe that implementing a performance management system may help modify employee behavior and improve results. Write a six to eight (6-8) page paper in which you: 1. Create a job description for a retail sales associate, which includes the most significant components necessary to describe the job both internally and externally. 2. Create an organizational behavior modification (OBM) plan to define four (4) key behaviors that are required for successful job performance as a retail sales associate. Suggest the significant ways that your plan will benefit the organization. 3. Specify two (2) ways that you would measure whether current employees exhibit the key job performance behaviors. Propose two (2) methods that you could use to inform employees of the new performance standards. 4. Outline a plan with two (2) methods of providing feedback to employees. Include the frequency with which the feedback will be provided. Propose two (2) actions company leaders should take to reinforce positive employee behaviors. 5. Examine at least three (3) key legal and ethical issues that could potentially impact the performance management system. Support your response with specific examples of the identified issues’ possible effects on the performance management system. 6. Use at least four (4) quality academic (peer-reviewed) resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources. Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements: • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions. • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

you will discover overlapping themes characterizing these theories and approaches, including similar sets of competencies that define and describe the behaviors, values and principles that guide leaders in all disciplines. Among leadership competencies common to most theories and approaches to leadership, you will likely find references to “persistence,” “dependability,” “follow-through,” “accountability,” and “determination.” Effective leaders hold themselves personally accountable for setting vision, direction and goals for those with whom they work and for achieving results through others. Followers look to leaders for guidance and focus, and effective leaders are able to role model the principles, practices and values they believe will help move a group of followers to achieve desired results. This means that leaders must be prepared, well-organized, structured, and systematic in their approach. This requires effective management of time, tasks and priorities. For the first part of this Discussion Forum assignment, consider the requirements of leaders in your own discipline or field of study. What are the expectations for and challenges of managing time, tasks and priorities? What observations have you made of successful leaders in your discipline or field of study? How do these successful leaders demonstrate that they are prepared, well-organized, structured and systematic in their approach? Now consider your own journey as a scholar. What challenges do you expect to face in being prepared, well-organized, structured and systematic in your approach to graduate studies? How will you ensure you are able to be successful as a scholar in the face of competing demands for your time and attention, including demands from work, family, and social obligations? As you prepare your response to the second part of this Discussion Forum assignment, discuss the strategies you currently employ to manage time, tasks and priorities. Incorporate new ideas of how best to manage time, tasks and priorities by incorporating information from sources you find in the library or online. Start here: https://www.mindtools.com/pages/main/newMN_HTE.htm https://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/time_management http://www.studygs.net/timman.htm http://www.studygs.net/schedule/ http://www.discoverbusiness.us/time_management/ http://www.dartmouth.edu/acskills/success/time.html http://www.d.umn.edu/kmc/student/loon/acad/strat/time_manage.html Your initial post should be at least 300 words. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings by Day 7. Each of your responses to your classmates should be at least 100 words in length, and should expand on a point made by your classmate, pose a pertinent question about your classmate’s posting, and/or debate an opinion or fact presented by your classmate. Support your initial post with references to at least two different academic sources.

you will discover overlapping themes characterizing these theories and approaches, including similar sets of competencies that define and describe the behaviors, values and principles that guide leaders in all disciplines.

Among leadership competencies common to most theories and approaches to leadership, you will likely find references to “persistence,” “dependability,” “follow-through,” “accountability,” and “determination.” Effective leaders hold themselves personally accountable for setting vision, direction and goals for those with whom they work and for achieving results through others. Followers look to leaders for guidance and focus, and effective leaders are able to role model the principles, practices and values they believe will help move a group of followers to achieve desired results. This means that leaders must be prepared, well-organized, structured, and systematic in their approach. This requires effective management of time, tasks and priorities.

For the first part of this Discussion Forum assignment, consider the requirements of leaders in your own discipline or field of study. What are the expectations for and challenges of managing time, tasks and priorities? What observations have you made of successful leaders in your discipline or field of study? How do these successful leaders demonstrate that they are prepared, well-organized, structured and systematic in their approach? Now consider your own journey as a scholar. What challenges do you expect to face in being prepared, well-organized, structured and systematic in your approach to graduate studies? How will you ensure you are able to be successful as a scholar in the face of competing demands for your time and attention, including demands from work, family, and social obligations?

As you prepare your response to the second part of this Discussion Forum assignment, discuss the strategies you currently employ to manage time, tasks and priorities. Incorporate new ideas of how best to manage time, tasks and priorities by incorporating information from sources you find in the library or online. Start here:

https://www.mindtools.com/pages/main/newMN_HTE.htm https://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/time_management http://www.studygs.net/timman.htm http://www.studygs.net/schedule/ http://www.discoverbusiness.us/time_management/ http://www.dartmouth.edu/acskills/success/time.html http://www.d.umn.edu/kmc/student/loon/acad/strat/time_manage.html

Your initial post should be at least 300 words. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings by Day 7. Each of your responses to your classmates should be at least 100 words in length, and should expand on a point made by your classmate, pose a pertinent question about your classmate’s posting, and/or debate an opinion or fact presented by your classmate. Support your initial post with references to at least two different academic sources.

Assignment 3: Pay, Benefits, and Terms and Conditions of Employment Due Week 8 and worth 300 points It is your responsibility as the HR Director of the same organization from Assignment 2 to a) create policies regarding pay and benefits for the selected job opportunity, and b) develop methods for both addressing unionization and implementing OSHA regulations. You will present your findings to the Vice President of Human Resources for approval. In preparation for this assignment, review the following articles on contractors vs. employees and temp workers:

Assignment 3: Pay, Benefits, and Terms and Conditions of Employment

Due Week 8 and worth 300 points

It is your responsibility as the HR Director of the same organization from Assignment 2 to a) create policies regarding pay and benefits for the selected job opportunity, and b) develop methods for both addressing unionization and implementing OSHA regulations. You will present your findings to the Vice President of Human Resources for approval.

In preparation for this assignment, review the following articles on contractors vs. employees and temp workers:

As you have developed your business plan, you have actually gone through the process of strategic management. Based on what you have done and learned in this course so far, determine three to five (3-5) fundamental challenges of strategic management overall and why it’s sometimes so difficult to develop and implement strategy for a company. •Provide at least two (2) examples of companies in any industry that have faced any of the challenges you mentioned and your assessment of the way you believed the companies addressed the challenges. •Which of the challenges you previously listed, would you perceive as the most difficult for your company to overcome? PLEASE EXPLAIN WITH DETAILS. •Please respond to the following statement: I have reviewed the discussion requirements and have answered the questions correctly and with sufficient supporting details, per the response guidelines in the Student Center tab, to gain the full discussion points (Yes/No).

As you have developed your business plan, you have actually gone through the process of strategic management. Based on what you have done and learned in this course so far, determine three to five (3-5) fundamental challenges of strategic management overall and why it’s sometimes so difficult to develop and implement strategy for a company. •Provide at least two (2) examples of companies in any industry that have faced any of the challenges you mentioned and your assessment of the way you believed the companies addressed the challenges. •Which of the challenges you previously listed, would you perceive as the most difficult for your company to overcome? PLEASE EXPLAIN WITH DETAILS. •Please respond to the following statement: I have reviewed the discussion requirements and have answered the questions correctly and with sufficient supporting details, per the response guidelines in the Student Center tab, to gain the full discussion points (Yes/No).

For assignment #4, you have to prepare a PowerPoint Presentation which includes 12 Critical Slides and a list of references as a last slide. For the 12 CRITICAL SLIDES, PLEASE FOLLOW THE SLIDES IN TERMS OF TITLE AND INFORMATION EXACTLY AS THEY ARE PRESENTED ON PAGES 342 – 347 but specific to your company. Below each slide is a description of what you should include on each slide. Be sure to include enough details. YOU CAN ONLY HAVE 12 CRITICAL SLIDES, I REPEAT 12 CRITICAL SLIDES, EXACTLY AS THEY ARE IN THE TEXT, IN THE EXACT ORDER, EXACT TITLE, RELATED TO YOUR COMPANY. The text describes the 12 Critical Slides, which is what you have to do, in relation to your company. If you find that you can’t fit all your information on one slide, please edit it. When I worked as an analyst, our team often had briefings to senior managers. For those briefings, we were always told how many slides we had to prepare, the exact order of the slides, and exactly what should be on each slide. So, this is not unusual. VERY IMPORTANT: THE ASSIGNMENT ALSO REQUIRES YOU TO PREPARE A VERY BRIEF REFERENCE LIST, WITH AT LEAST 3 REFERENCES. PLEASE INCLUDE A FINAL REFERENCES SLIDE. THIS WILL BE SLIDE #13, WITH THE TITLE OF “REFERENCES”. On this “References” slide, please include 4 or more references that you used to develop your business plan. You can pick your 4 most important sources or references. I mention “4” sources/references because, according to the grading rubric, including only 3 references will only “meet the expectations” and not earn the maximum points. Four or more references will exceed the expectations and earn the maximum points. SO, TO RECAP, YOUR PRESENTATION WILL INCLUDE 13 SLIDES. THE FIRST 12 WILL BE THE CRITICAL SLIDES AND THE LAST SLIDE, SLIDE #13, WILL BE A “REFERENCES” SLIDE THAT WILL INCLUDE AT LEAST 4 REFERENCES THAT YOU USED TO DEVELOP YOUR BUSINESS PLAN.

For assignment #4, you have to prepare a PowerPoint Presentation which includes 12 Critical Slides and a list of references as a last slide. For the 12 CRITICAL SLIDES, PLEASE FOLLOW THE SLIDES IN TERMS OF TITLE AND INFORMATION EXACTLY AS THEY ARE PRESENTED ON PAGES 342 – 347 but specific to your company. Below each slide is a description of what you should include on each slide. Be sure to include enough details. YOU CAN ONLY HAVE 12 CRITICAL SLIDES, I REPEAT 12 CRITICAL SLIDES, EXACTLY AS THEY ARE IN THE TEXT, IN THE EXACT ORDER, EXACT TITLE, RELATED TO YOUR COMPANY. The text describes the 12 Critical Slides, which is what you have to do, in relation to your company. If you find that you can’t fit all your information on one slide, please edit it. When I worked as an analyst, our team often had briefings to senior managers. For those briefings, we were always told how many slides we had to prepare, the exact order of the slides, and exactly what should be on each slide. So, this is not unusual.

VERY IMPORTANT: THE ASSIGNMENT ALSO REQUIRES YOU TO PREPARE A VERY BRIEF REFERENCE LIST, WITH AT LEAST 3 REFERENCES. PLEASE INCLUDE A FINAL REFERENCES SLIDE. THIS WILL BE SLIDE #13, WITH THE TITLE OF “REFERENCES”. On this “References” slide, please include 4 or more references that you used to develop your business plan. You can pick your 4 most important sources or references. I mention “4” sources/references because, according to the grading rubric, including only 3 references will only “meet the expectations” and not earn the maximum points. Four or more references will exceed the expectations and earn the maximum points.

SO, TO RECAP, YOUR PRESENTATION WILL INCLUDE 13 SLIDES. THE FIRST 12 WILL BE THE CRITICAL SLIDES AND THE LAST SLIDE, SLIDE #13, WILL BE A “REFERENCES” SLIDE THAT WILL INCLUDE AT LEAST 4 REFERENCES THAT YOU USED TO DEVELOP YOUR BUSINESS PLAN.

Assignment 4: Job Application Cover Letter Due Week 10 and worth 130 points Completing this assignment will help you name and identify the skills and abilities that will move your career forward. Develop a Job Application Cover Letter that highlights and emphasizes why you are the person most suitable for your ideal role. Use the general writing guidelines on pp. 277-278 in the text for structural and content guidance. Note: An example can be found on p. 250, Figure 13.8. The message should take the form of a business letter; however, you will submit your assignment to the online course shell. The job letter / application message must adhere to the following requirements: Content Highlight relevant background and job history information. Emphasize significant qualifications and exclude nonessential ideas. Format Follow proper letter formatting techniques, per business letter format. Use an appropriate and professional greeting and closing. Style Use professional language. Use sufficient variety in sentences. Paragraphs effectively developed and efficient. Note: Six (6) or seven (7) lines when possible. Mechanics Ensure there are no grammar or spelling errors. Eliminate wordiness and unclear sentence construction. Your assignment must: Be typed, single-spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides. Check with your professor for any additional instructions. Submitting your assignment: Submit your assignment through the online course shell only. The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are: Use writing process strategies to develop brief business documents, such as routine messages, bad news messages, and persuasive / sales messages. Support ideas or claims in body paragraphs with clear details, examples, and explanations. Organize ideas logically by using transitional words, phrases, and sentences. Use sentence variety and effective word choice in written communication. Write clearly and concisely using proper writing mechanics. Click here to view the grading rubric.

Assignment 4: Job Application Cover Letter

Due Week 10 and worth 130 points

Completing this assignment will help you name and identify the skills and abilities that will move your career forward. Develop a Job Application Cover Letter that highlights and emphasizes why you are the person most suitable for your ideal role. Use the general writing guidelines on pp. 277-278 in the text for structural and content guidance. Note: An example can be found on p. 250, Figure 13.8.

The message should take the form of a business letter; however, you will submit your assignment to the online course shell.

The job letter / application message must adhere to the following requirements:

Content Highlight relevant background and job history information. Emphasize significant qualifications and exclude nonessential ideas. Format Follow proper letter formatting techniques, per business letter format. Use an appropriate and professional greeting and closing. Style Use professional language. Use sufficient variety in sentences. Paragraphs effectively developed and efficient. Note: Six (6) or seven (7) lines when possible. Mechanics Ensure there are no grammar or spelling errors. Eliminate wordiness and unclear sentence construction. Your assignment must:

Be typed, single-spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides. Check with your professor for any additional instructions. Submitting your assignment:

Submit your assignment through the online course shell only. The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

Use writing process strategies to develop brief business documents, such as routine messages, bad news messages, and persuasive / sales messages. Support ideas or claims in body paragraphs with clear details, examples, and explanations. Organize ideas logically by using transitional words, phrases, and sentences. Use sentence variety and effective word choice in written communication. Write clearly and concisely using proper writing mechanics. Click here to view the grading rubric.

View the APA website. Locate an article on the website regarding ethical issues. Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper that discusses the following: The issue in detail The ethical principle in this article that has been violated Diversity implications that are involved A mitigation strategy for the ethical issue Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines. http://www.apa.org/

View the APA website. Locate an article on the website regarding ethical issues. Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper that discusses the following: The issue in detail The ethical principle in this article that has been violated Diversity implications that are involved A mitigation strategy for the ethical issue Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

http://www.apa.org/

This assignment has two parts: 1.The first part will be a brief introductory paper entitled Advocating for the Counseling Profession. •In this section of the paper, describe the need for professional counselors to advocate on behalf of the profession. •Note: Download and use the Unit 7 Assignment Template to complete this part of the assignment. Instructions for this part of the assignment are included in the Template. 2.For the second part of the assignment, you will construct a Position Statement and Advocacy Recommendations paper. •Focus on an issue impacting the credentialing (certifications, licenses, accreditation and portability of licensure) of clinical mental health counselors. •Make a well supported argument that counselors’ scope of practice should be augmented or expanded so that counselors and clients can be better served. •Include your Position Statement and Advocacy Recommendations as Appendix A at the end of your Advocating for the Counseling Profession paper. The Unit 7 Assignment Template shows how to include an Appendix in an APA-style paper. Your Position Statement and Advocacy Recommendations paper should have the following sections: •Topic and Background: Identify the topic and summarize what has been done in the past. Then succinctly describe the current state of affairs with respect to the issue. •Arguable Viewpoints: Briefly state at least two points of view on your topic. •Viewpoint: State the position you advocate. •Supporting Reasons: State your reasons for supporting your chosen position. •Call to Action and Advocacy Recommendations: Describe a process for counselors to follow in advocating on an issue that impacts their credentialing (licensure, certifications) and scope of practice. Include specific recommendations for action steps counselors can follow in advocating for the profession on this issue.

This assignment has two parts: 1.The first part will be a brief introductory paper entitled Advocating for the Counseling Profession. •In this section of the paper, describe the need for professional counselors to advocate on behalf of the profession. •Note: Download and use the Unit 7 Assignment Template to complete this part of the assignment. Instructions for this part of the assignment are included in the Template.

2.For the second part of the assignment, you will construct a Position Statement and Advocacy Recommendations paper. •Focus on an issue impacting the credentialing (certifications, licenses, accreditation and portability of licensure) of clinical mental health counselors. •Make a well supported argument that counselors’ scope of practice should be augmented or expanded so that counselors and clients can be better served. •Include your Position Statement and Advocacy Recommendations as Appendix A at the end of your Advocating for the Counseling Profession paper. The Unit 7 Assignment Template shows how to include an Appendix in an APA-style paper.

Your Position Statement and Advocacy Recommendations paper should have the following sections: •Topic and Background: Identify the topic and summarize what has been done in the past. Then succinctly describe the current state of affairs with respect to the issue. •Arguable Viewpoints: Briefly state at least two points of view on your topic. •Viewpoint: State the position you advocate. •Supporting Reasons: State your reasons for supporting your chosen position. •Call to Action and Advocacy Recommendations: Describe a process for counselors to follow in advocating on an issue that impacts their credentialing (licensure, certifications) and scope of practice. Include specific recommendations for action steps counselors can follow in advocating for the profession on this issue.