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Nurses must stand up, be counted, and let there voices be heard! There is no greater and more effective way to do this than becoming involved with your nursing association, locally or nationally, and its legislative efforts.
Edward Briggs, DNP, ARNP-C, President of the Florida Nurses Association and Patricia Posey-Goodwin, EdD, MSN, BSN, ASN – Northwest Florida Region Director are guests on this episode of the One Love for Nurses podcast. Dr. Briggs and Dr. Posey-Goodwin discuss how nurses can become involved in healthcare policy and the role of the Florida Nurses Association in representing the state’s nurses and the public’s best interest.
Helen Keller once said, “I am only one; but I still am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do something I can do.”
In this episode these questions are discussed and answered:
- What is health policy? How does this affect nurses?
- What is the best way to be an “informed” nurse?
- How can an individual nurse make a difference in public health policy?
- Are nurses innately competent to approach lawmakers on health care legislative issues?
- Will lawmakers be welcoming of our input?
- What kind of support can we expect to receive from our nursing associations when it comes to legislative lobbying?
- What is the benefit of a nursing student getting involved in his or her state nurses association?
- Belonging to a nursing organization is not cheap. What is the return on investment for a nurse?
- In Florida, FNA Lobby Days are coming up on March 25 and 26. What does this entail? How can nurses get involved?
Nurse lobbying efforts are making a difference!
Recently, here in Florida, the Florida Nurses Association gained a real victory in the state by seeing to it that the “doctor title bill” was not implemented. If it had passed, this bill would have placed limitations on nurses with doctorate degrees to referred to as “Doctor”. Thankfully, the bill was defeated successfully!
Are you a Florida nurse? Learn about the legislative and lobbying process for nurses!
Attend the Florida Nurse Lobby Days.
Tuesday & Wednesday, March 25-26, 2014
Here is a great video explaining Florida Nurse Lobby Days and what to expect.
Resources mentioned in this podcast:
Florida Nurses Association
The Florida Center for Nursing
The Incidental Economist
Health News Florida
Listen to the Florida House of Representatives - Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee meetings by clicking here.
American Nurses Association
For our international nurses, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) is an organization available to serve your interests and is working to promote improved health care policy on a global scale.
Email for our guests:
Dr. Ed Briggs
Dr. Patricia Posey-Goodwin
What are you doing to get involved in your nursing association and healthcare policy? Let us hear from you by leaving a comment below.
God bless you!