Discussion 2: The role of the rn/aprn, NURS 6050 | NURS 6050 – Policy and Advocacy for Improving Population Health | Walden University
Lobbying and advocacy are two ways that RNs or APRNs can actively engage in policy making. By lobbying, nurses may contact local senators and/or representatives to express their opinions on specific issues or provide information that could help influence legislation. Nurses may also choose to join lobbying groups like the American Nurses Association and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
Advocacy can also be a way for RNs or APRNs to influence policy. It involves advocating for healthcare in our communities, writing articles or letters to publications to increase awareness about certain issues, and even participating in protests or rallies related to access to health care rights. All of these activities provide a base from which you can raise important issues and, if required, push for legal changes.
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.