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What Is A Position Statement For An Essay

I. Introduction: Describe the problem and make it vivid for the reader. Your introduction should:

  • Make the reader interested in this issue.
  • Convince the reader that this is an important issue.
  • Explain your point of view.

Introduction Ideas: unusual fact or statistic, intriguing statement, anecdote, example, question, historical background, story, typical scenario, conversation, interesting quotation, vivid description, a list, explaining a process, an analogy, frame story (part of story in the intro and the rest of the story in the conclusion).

Claim Sentence: Generally, the introduction will end with your claim or thesis (sometimes this will be the opening sentence, or you may put a question which is not fully answered until the conclusion). You may phrase this as a question or a statement.

II. Body: The body will focus on one particular sort of claim: fact, definition, value, cause or policy. Your claim is what you want your audience to believe and it should be stated in one sentence. The claim can be placed in different points in the paper but is usually at the end of the intro or the first sentence of the body.

1. Sub-claims: Your sub-claims should be three or more reasons why the reader should believe your claim. They should be supported using your sources. Be sure to use author tags and parenthetical citation in the correct format.

2. Warrants/Backing (evidence to support warrants): Warrants are why you believe this claim to be true. Telling your warrants and backing them up is optional. The reason you would do so is to draw your reader into common ground with you. It is especially useful to do if you are appealing to a reader who holds a very different position from you on this issue, particularly on policy claims. (Examples: on the issue of abortion, both sides agree that reducing the number of abortions is desirable; on the issue of war, everyone agrees that the goal is to allow citizens to raise their families in peace). A discussion of warrants can be put in the intro, before or after the sub-claims or as part of the appeal in the conclusion.

3. Rebuttal: The rebuttal is a discussion of other positions on this issue and explaining why your position is better. Again, you may use sources to support your position and you may also use qualifiers (sometimes, if, most of the time) to narrow your claim and encourage the audience to agree with you.

III. Conclusion: Conclusions can use some of the same techniques that you use in your introduction. Be sure your conclusion is linked to your introduction. Do not just repeat the claim, but draw a conclusion which urges the reader to believe it or do something about it. Ways to conclude:

  1. Make a final appeal to the reader and tell them what you want them to think or do.
  2. Depending on your topic, you may want to make an appeal to logic, emotion or authority
  3. Return to the intro and finish the frame story, or revise the story or description or conversation to show how things would be better if your proposal/claim is adopted.
  4. If you haven’t done so in the body, you can sometimes use a countering of other positions in the conclusion. Explain why your position is better.
  5. If you started with a question, you may save your final claim thesis for the end.

A position statement is like a thesis or goal. It describes one side of an arguable viewpoint. When writing a position statement, the author(s) gather a list of reasons to support a particular viewpoint and make their stand clear to the audience.


AAACN Position Statements

The Role of the Registered Nurse in Ambulatory Care Position Statement - Updated 2017

In 2011, the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing published the first-ever position statement regarding the role of the Registered Nurse in Ambulatory Care. Since that time, tremendous changes have occurred in health care, especially in ambulatory care.

This updated position statement reflects the current state of ambulatory care and the crucial role of the RN as a care provider, care coordinator, and care partner.  It also highlights potential role changes and adaptations for the future.

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Position Paper on the Role of the Registered Nurse in Ambulatory Care Nursing - Updated 2017

The task force that updated the position statement on the Role of the RN in Ambulatory Care has also revised the position paper that supports the statement. The position paper was published in the January-February 2017 issue of Nursing Economic$.

The paper outlines the evolution and future direction of health care in ambulatory care settings; the explosive development of technology; changes in reimbursement models; changing roles for ambulatory care nurses (including care coordination); and challenges faced by the profession of nursing and the specialty of ambulatory care nursing.

Healthcare reform, the Affordable Care Act, the  implementation of  care coordination as a strategy to improve health and prevent re-hospitalization, and the transition from volume-based to value-based care have resulted in an increased focus on the ambulatory care setting as the site of health care provision now and in the future.

The position statement and paper are key documents to be referenced by nursing and health care professionals, consumers, regulatory agencies, and federal, state, and local governments.

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View Endorsements

  • Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses
  • American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
  • American Association of Occupational Health Nurses
  • American Nephrology Nurses Association
  • American Psychiatric Nurses Association
  • American Society for PeriAnesthesia Nurses
  • Association for Nursing Professional Development
  • Association of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Nurses
  • Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
  • Infusion Nurses Society
  • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
  • National Association of School Nurses
  • Oncology Nursing Society
  • Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates

AAACN/AONE Joint Statement

The Role of the Nurse Leader in Care Coordination and Transition Management across the Health Care Continuum.

The American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) and the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) convened in early 2015 for a Day of Dialogue to discuss the role of the nurse leader in Care Coordination and Transition Management (CCTM) across the Care Continuum.

The group, comprised of nurse leaders in acute care and ambulatory care/outpatient settings, and nurse researchers, discussed what is needed to improve patient care coordination and transition management throughout the health care system (acute to outpatient settings and vice versa) and how nurses are well positioned to coordinate and deliver these services to patients.

Through a series of facilitated dialogue, the group developed a joint statement that outlines the strategies needed to enhance care coordination and transition management of patients across the health care continuum.

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Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) Position Statement

Provides a clear explanation of the benefits of being a Compact state and provides documentation in support of legislation or regulation adopting the NLC.


Position Statement Template

A new tool has been developed by a member task force that will give the Board of Directors, members, and our nursing colleagues a standard format for writing a position statement. This tool will also help the Board of Directors evaluate position statements AAACN is asked to endorse by other organizations.