Essay about Nursing And Policy Regarding Childhood Immunization

769 Words Oct 31st, 2015 4 Pages
Nursing and policy
Tabytha Balash
Ohio University

Nursing and policy
Nurses have been making change in health care since Florence Nightingale. Advancement has been made in evidence based practice, increasing the scope of practice, and the ethical boundaries the profession abides by. Nurses have become a significant part of political change in health care. This paper will discuss ways nurses may become politically active, current legislation regarding childhood immunization, and lastly why meeting a political official would be beneficial.
There are several ways a nurse may be politically active. A nurse can be lobbyist by reaching out to his or her legislators or their aides regarding action that will affect his or personal interest. As a lobbyist, a nurse is considered the ethical of of all health care providers, therefore nurses percussed and educate legislators on issues before them (Nies, & McEwen, 2015). Nurses may influence votes by encouraging fellow nurses to vote. Nurses make up approximately three million members, making voters influence huge to support or block a political issues (Nies, & McEwen, 2015). Lastly, a nurse can hold a seat in public office. An example of a nurse holding an office is, Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, the administrator over the Health Resources and Service Administration for the federal government (Nies, & McEwen, 2015). By holding an office seat, nurses have influence on the nursing practice at the state and federal levels…

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