Walden University| NURS 6050 – Policy and Advocacy for Improving Population Health | Walden University
There are two avenues for RNs/APRNs to participate actively in policy-making: advocacy and lobbying. Nurses can lobby their senators or local representatives to express their opinion on particular issues and provide information that may be used in shaping legislation. Nurses may also be able to join groups such as American Nurses Association (ANA), or National Council of State Boards of Nursing(NCSBN), which each have dedicated lobby teams for advocating nursing interests at the federal and state level.
Another way RNs/APRNs can influence policy is through advocacy. You can speak up in your own community about health issues, write letters to other publications to increase awareness, and even take part in protests or rallies regarding access to healthcare. These activities create an environment where we can raise awareness about important topics and push for legislative change, if needed.
Ultimately, engaging in policy-making is an essential part of our responsibility as nurses – not only does this ensure that patient safety remains a priority but it also helps protect healthcare professionals from any potential risks down the line due changes made without proper consultation with those directly involved with providing services.