Week 2 discussion
Week 2 Discussion
Millions of nurses work in the United States alone, making nursing the biggest medical
profession in the world (Nicholas et al., 2021). As a result, nurses have the ability to have a
significant impact on global health policy and politics. In reality, nurses have a duty to participate
in legislation that affects their patients morally and professionally. The lack of active engagement
by nurses in lobbying is due to a variety of factors, including a lack of information, a lack of skills,
a lack of opportunities, a lack of training in healthcare policy, and a lack of political savvy. Nurses
who engage in policymaking have similar knowledge, skills, and resources challenges. Health
policymakers lack support and trust from the public since there is a lack of academic education
and an absence of knowledge about the health policymaking process. Overall, nurses lack the
support and evidence required to impact healthcare policy. A nurse’s unwillingness to engage may
be attributed to the fact that they do not have the full support of the individuals requires.
Joining political organizations and speaking out about their issues with healthcare
legislation are just a few of the ways that nurses might be inspired to become politically active and
advocate for particular causes like healthcare policy reform. The reality is that any nurse can have
an impact on local, state, and federal policy and politics. One way that nursing staffers might
engage with their local government is to take on leadership roles in the healthcare system or to
make contact with legislators about issues that impact the profession (Krenz et al., 2020). Nurses
may participate in policy and politics at the state and federal levels by joining a professional
nursing group. Lobbyists often bring up nursing problems for these groups. Organizing and
pressuring political leaders to promote various health policies is within the power of such
organizations. Nurses may also contact their state legislators to express their concerns about
healthcare policy. Patients’ quality of treatment, contentment and health outcomes may all be
improved by nurses and healthcare costs per capita. In order to expand their knowledge base,
nurses might engage in networking activities. As part of networking, individuals may meet
professionals, join an organization, and create connections.
Krenz, H., Burtscher, M. J., Grande, B., & Kolbe, M. (2020). Nurses’ voice: the role of hierarchy
and leadership. Leadership in Health Services.
Nicholas, P. K., Breakey, S., Tagliareni, M. E., Simmonds, K., & Sabo, K. K. (2021). Climate
development. Nursing Outlook, 69(1), 65-73.