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Valedictorian

Congratulations class of 2013, it has been a long and bumpy four years for many of us, but we made it! Now is the time for us to set out on our own paths in the real world- the future is in our hands. As we leave for college, enter the workforce or begin whatever journey our future holds for us, let us remember all of the lessons we have learned during our time here- not only from our teachers, but from each other as well.

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Virtual Cities in Urban Planning: The Uppsala Case Study

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Sustainability is an important topic within the economic and political facets in the world today. In many respects, environmentalists have been pushing for changes within the infrastructures of mobility, energy, and the use of harmful products. Many urban planners have begun to see the benefits of creating designs and plans where efficiency is the key. The path towards a more sustainable environment is met with hurdles in knowledge, mechanics, and political stubbornness. This case study expounds on the importance of using virtual reality technology in ways to create a visual presentation for city officials and citizens in order to conceptualize a more sustainable system for the city. The analysis provides a case summary and recommendations for an action plan to improve on the topic at hand for others in the field of urban development.

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Budgeting Analysis for the Healthcare Industry in America

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It is an undeniable truth that the condition of the American economy has already recovered from the condition of being in the middle of crisis during the span of 2003 towards 2007 economic downfall that was evident in almost every industry and every country around the globe. Comparing to the performance of the economy then and now, the year 2012 towards the present condition of the American economic situation proves that the nation has already passed the phase of financial downturn. In the field of healthcare development and financing procedures, the government under Obama’s administration has tried its best to define what is needed by the society and specifically respond to such needs through establishing helpful programs that improve healthcare servicing in the country. In the discussion presented herein, one particular act towards improving healthcare service shall be given particular attention to for analysis.

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Continued Fish Bowl Experimental Design. Testing for Impact of Sunlight

Performing an experiment to test for a relationship between sunlight and the presence of purple goop would require a design that is similar to that which examined the influence of fish on the water. Two identical bowls of water with no fish would be needed with one placed in the sunlight for 24 hours and the other placed in the dark for the same amount of time to act as a control. The hypothesis for such a test is that the water in the sunlight will develop the purple slime over this period. Possible outcomes of this experiment include the prediction that only the water in the sunlight develops slime, that both bowls develop slime, that neither bowl will have slime, and even the possibility that only the bowl in the darkness ends up with slime.

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Clinical Data of the Effects of Marijuana

Marijuana is a dry and odorous, green or brown plant derived from the hemp plant that goes by the scientific name Cannabis sativa. In a more concentrated form marijuana is called hashish, and as a sticky black liquid it is known as hash oil. The main psychoactive chemical in marijuana is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC (National Institute on Drug Abuse). The use of marijuana and the effects of THC on humans has been a heated debate for decades.

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Evaluation and Morale

The relationship between employee morale and job performance is essential to the fluidity of operations within that job. In the nursing industry, nurse staff morale is pertinent in responding to emergencies and critically catching any errors in particular situations. In the case study provided about the low morale of the nurse staff, it is due in part with the negative working relationship with the nursing manager in the unit that typically evaluates job performances, not on the entire body of work but on one case incident. The nurse staff felt that the comments made by the nursing manager during her performance evaluation were ‘out of the blue’ and that the nursing manager evaluated her based on one time behavior that she felt completely blindsided by. Her demeanor and communication were guarded due to high levels of anxiety and stress associated with their bad working relationship. Not only do these problems raise a red flag in the communication of the entire working unit, but also of the behaviors and ethics of the nurse manager.

One of the first problems to address within this case study is the problem with the performance evaluation and the behaviors of both participants. The purpose of performance appraisal systems are to benefit the nurses, patients, and the organization in order to provide feedback and opportunities for improvement, resolving problems, and identifying those read for advancement. (Grohar-Murray, DiCroce, Langan, 2011) As easy as it is to side with the nurse staff perspective, the nurse manager is tasked with grading and critiquing the nurse’s behavior and performance based on nurse standards that serves the framework for the system. If the nurse manager felt that the “one-time” incident was important enough, she has the right to question the behavior and performance of the nurse staff. Where the problem lies is the lack of communication of the nurse manager that made the nurse staff feel as if she was being blindsided. This could lead to grievances felt by the nurse staff that could have legal, financial, and professional repercussions to the organization. In order to avoid these situations the nurse managers has to provide a different method than the one presented in the case study. “Feedback should be accurate, timely, and constructive.” (Vasset, Marnburg, Furnues, 2011) Grohar-Murray et al. explains that in evaluation communication between the staff and the manager is essential in maintaining a high standards of performance, and professional accountability. In light of the case of the nurse staff, “a developing professional person assumes responsibility and accountability for personal growth in the ability to assess, plan, and evaluate skills……” (Grohar-Murray, et. al, 2011) Instead of being guarded the nurse staff should have respond in a manner where she was knowledgeable of her strengths and weaknesses, and actively communicated in showing her professional behavior in her overall job performance. The nurse manager should have also given the nurse staff adequate knowledge about the evaluation in order to encourage communication and active participation. Within the evaluation the nurse manger, should have presented a balanced view of the nurse staff performance instead of dwelling on one instance. The evaluation should have presented new goals and to clarify expectations of the job.

Recommendations are for there to be more than one person given the responsibility of performance evaluation in order to prevent any bias or problems with specific staff members. It will also ensure the integrity and enforce the purposes of the performance appraisal system and the organizational goals. The nurse manager should actively communicate with the staff in given them knowledge about the evaluation, what the criteria they would be graded on, and the disciplinary actions for bad behavior/performances. On both parts, the purpose of the evaluation should be clear as well as the goals, the mission, and the principles of the organization and job description. When the nurse manager has to give a nurse staff a poor evaluation certain methods will solve the problem that the case study presented including, identifying the poor behavior, summarize the relevant conduct and policy codes, describe how to manage the poor performance, provide an action plan, and identify barriers to managing performance.” (Keegal, 2013) Once these steps are followed both can leave the evaluation feeling as if they were able to communicate any problems or improvements needed by the nurse staff and within the organization.

References

Grohar-Murray, Mary Ellen, Helen R. DiCroce, Joanne C. Langan. (2011). Leadership and Management in Nursing, 4th Edition. Publisher: Prentice Hall

 

Keegal, T. (2013) “Poor performance: managing the first informal stages.” Primary Health Care.

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Vasset, Frøydis, Einar Marnburg, Trude Furunes. (2011). “Dyadic Relationships and Exchanges

In Performance Appraisals.” VÅRD I NORDEN. PUBL. NO. 103 (VOL). 32 NO. 1 PP 4–9.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Effect of Cost of Capital on Corporate Profitability

The objective of this report is to study the effect of the cost of capital on corporate profitability. Since business enterprises are motivated by the incentive of profit cost, capital is one of the major determinants that quantify the extent and the volume of the profit. There are several approaches to calculate the cost of capital. This paper has applied the Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC) model to the construction industry of the United Arab Emirates. The results show there is no significant relationship between WAAC and ROE (return on equity).

In the construction industry- under the assumption that scale of operation and managerial efficiency in all the firms operating in the industry remains the samethe cost of capital towards firm’s profitability for a sample of seven listed companies in Dubai’s financial market between 2005 to 2007. The result of the study shows no significant relationships exists between costs of capital and profitability.

 

CONCLUSIONS AND MANAGERIAL IMPLICATIONS

In this report, my objective was to do an empirical research on the effects of cost of capital using the weighted-average cost of capital (WACC) approach on profitability from the viewpoints of listed companies within the Dubai Financial Market & Abu Dhabi’s Financial Market. The study used cost of capital measure of WACC along with other independent variables for 21 listed companies between 2005 and 2007. Based on this research, it can be concluded that there is no significant relationship between the cost of capital and the profitability for the listed companies in Dubai’s Financial Market & Abu Dhabi’s Financial Market.

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The study, however, does not recommend that the forecasting validity of the model can be improved if some relevant quantitative factors affecting corporate profitability such as investments, inflation, foreign exchange rate and qualitative factors such as management style, affect the investment decisions or the interest of shareholders involved.

 

 

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Article critique: Fire Prevention

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Skokie and Citizens United vs. F.E.C. Social Sciences and World Ideologies

The issue on whether or not private corporations and other communications organizations are to be put on hold from supporting any candidate for elections developed a great impact on the primary structure of the American Election operations then, now and in the future. The Federal Election Commission stood in its position against the condition of allowing corporations and private entities in supporting particular candidates during particular election schedules. Given that the corporations and business entities are considered as private citizens, the court intends to recognize the fact that they have the right to decide who to support when it comes to election events. Nevertheless, to retain the balance of exposure between candidates, the court intended to point out that there should be the establishment of specific rules and limitations that would specify particular requirements that supporters of candidates should be able to respond to before they could actually provide the support they wish to give to the individual candidates.

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Church Letter

Our lives have become so busy that it is easy to forget why we exist. But God never forgets us and continues to test our faith in ways which are not always obvious. Even though our church has been without a space of its own, the strength of our faith kept us going even if it meant borrowing a space from a church of other faith during the last five years. After carefully evaluating the whole situation we have realized that having our own building will not only help us practice our faith more efficiently but will also help us invite more people to experience our faith and realize what they may have been missing in their lives.

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My Future’s So Bright

My mom is my greatest role model and she taught me early in life that education takes place everywhere and not just in classrooms. She also told me it is better to be good at numerous things instead of being best at just one thing because life is unpredictable and having multiple strengths increases the probability of realizing one’s true potential. Paying attention to my mom’s advices has been the best thing I have done so far and I have been gradually realizing the wisdom behind my mom’s advices.

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Biotechnology companies in the stock market

Part I

The five biotechnology companies that I will invest my money in include Monsanto, Amgen, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Merck, and Celgene. I will invest my $100,000 evenly among these companies. I selected these five because they are well known leaders in the industry and who are in the public eye and are likely to draw a large degree of attention before June, which will increase their stock appeal.

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What were the causes of the War of 1812?

The War of 1812 between the United States and the British, lasted roughly over two years and ended in a stalemate. However what it did establish once and for all was the steps towards American Independence. Although there have been several reasons given for why the two went to war again since the American Revolution there are four main reasons outlined. First, The British interfered with the trading between the French and Americans by introducing trade restrictions that the United States imposed went against international law. A big reason that Britain interfered was because France was also at war with Great Britain.

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What are the implications of the tactical disagreement for those seeking to limit the impact of Jihadi Salafism on the international system?

According to Wiktorowicz, “All Salafists share a puritanical approach to the religion intended to eschew religious innovation by strictly replicating the model of the Prophet Muhammad.” (Wiktorowicz, 2006) Since 9/11 there has been more interests in Islamic and Muslim sects and religions. More research has been conducted on how some groups within the cultures are formed and the different trends that arise from political and social unrest. In particular with Jihadi Strategic Studies. (Brooke, pg. 201, 2008)