Public Policy and Advocacy
What is advocacy?
Advocacy is defined as the act of supporting, pleading for or recommending something or someone, as in a cause, idea or policy.
You can advocate on your local, state and federal levels. The principles for effective advocacy remain the same.
As a member of ANAC, it is important to remember that if you are advocating on behalf of ANAC, you must speak from the positions stated in ANAC’s position statements. If you are speaking as an individual, you can advocate for your individual concerns, but must not make reference to ANAC supporting your individual opinion. If you have any questions about this, please contact Kimberly Carbaugh at ANAC’s National Office.
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Nurses & Advocacy: An Influential Voice
Nurses are ideal and natural advocates. In fact, nurses advocate every day for their patients and their patients’ family and friends. Public policy advocacy uses the same skills that nurses employ every day in their work. It involves taking those skills and applying them in a different setting.
Nurses can have an influential and powerful voice as public policy advocates. Nurses have expertise related the health care and human rights. Nurses also hold positions of authority in their communities, and are viewed as trustworthy, compassionate and knowledgeable professionals.
Thus, nurses are in a unique position to make a difference and influence public policy.
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