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Monday, January 18, 2016

Every Voice Counts: Influencing Healthcare Policy in Nursing

The National Nurse Act of 2015 is aligned with the ANA Code of Ethics described by its authors as being “non-negotiable”. According to the Code, the nursing profession is committed to promoting the health, welfare, and safety of all people. This is the primary objective of this bill and why nurses nationwide are enthusiastically unifying behind its passage.

“Our nation is experiencing rapid change in healthcare delivery, and nurses can be the catalysts to making it more accessible and accountable, while emphasizing the importance of population health, from prevention to full rehabilitation.” – Elizabeth Fildes, EdD, RN, CNE, CARN-AP, APHN-BC, DACACD (Chamberlain College of Nursing Faculty and Supporter of National Nurse Act of 2015)

Chamberlain College of Nursing is taking an active role to assure that nurses are prepared to be active participants in healthcare policies that benefit patients and their families. Included in the launch issue of The Chamberlain was an article, Every Voice Counts: Influencing Healthcare Policy in Nursing.

Graduates are encouraged to take what is learned in the classroom and apply it in the political arena through their enrollment in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Healthcare Policy Specialty Track. The intent is to “prepare nurses to positively influence delivery of care nationwide”. Several Chamberlain graduate students chose to become involved and advocate for the National Nurse Act. NNNO Director Katie Hall, MSN, RN-BC, a 2013 graduate was interviewed about her practicum experience. Describing why she chose this as her course of study, Hall stated, “I feel fulfilled knowing I can help make a positive impact on our nation’s health, while simultaneously inspiring fellow nurses to be political advocates for our profession.”

Hall has participated during several advocacy trips to Washington DC and has been instrumental in convincing her own members of Congress to co-sponsor the National Nurse Act. She also has been influential in gaining organizational support for the bill. “Our country’s Surgeon General and Attorney General have become household names, but the CNO, Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams, doesn’t garner the same visibility,” Hall explained. “A National Nurse for Public Health would perform the responsibilities presently being executed by the CNO while concurrently spearheading leadership toward improving public health.”

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, January 18, 2016  

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