Publish Date: January 20, 2016
You advocate for your patients daily. Why not advocate for your profession? Legislators want to hear from nurses, especially constituents.
Every day legislative and regulatory decisions are being made that impact your life – both personal and professional. Laws and regulations that affect your professional practice, workplace environment and safety of your patients are being made and implemented, often without your input.
It has been said, "Decisions are made by those who show up," but how do you show up?
Advocacy comes in many forms. It can be educating others on your role and who perioperative nurses are, what perioperative nurses do, why a policy is needed, or how a proposed bill or rule may impact patient care.
Being an advocate may include meeting with your legislator(s), sending an email, calling legislative staff, testifying in front of a committee, or leading an effort on a bill. Elected officials want to hear from their constituents. They want to hear from you – the nurses who are in the operating room day-in and day-out who can share personal stories and are experts on how health policies impact patient care.
Danielle Glover, AORN Legal & Government Affairs Manager, presented a webinar on January 19th which covered what to expect in 2016, how you can be an advocate, and best practices for communicating with a legislator. It was recorded and will be available soon. CEs are available.