Discussion 2: The Role of the RN/APRN in Policy-Making
The nursing profession has undeniable strength in numbers; however in order for our powerful presence to inform policy-making we must accept political presence as a cornerstone of nursing culture and discipline. Health care policy indeed has been a large variable in the nursing science and discipline from the time Florence Nightingale made nursing and advocacy one in the same. Furthermore, I believe some might argue that the term advocating can be swapped out with policy-making in various discussions with no changes in the end result of the conversation. Can you imagine the health care reform and policy-making efforts of Florence Nightingale in modern time? Nightingale-care doesn’t have the same ring as Obama-care, but surely it would be impactful.
Word cloud generators are increasingly being used in meetings and team-building exercises. These tools can be used by teams or groups to enter terms that best represent their team or role. The software generates a “word cloud” that emphasizes the most frequently used terms, providing users with a visual depiction of how people in that role normally think.
Nursing, as one of the most frequent professions in the world, now has the potential to have a global impact on politics and policy. When nurses use political power to promote healthcare delivery, they are ultimately fighting for their patients. As a result, nurses are increasingly utilizing the term “policy-making” because they recognize that it is their moral and professional obligation to participate in healthcare legislation.
What words would you use to make a nursing word cloud? “Empathetic,” “organized,” “hardworking,” and “advocacy” are all appropriate words. Will you include policymakers on your list? Do you think it would be prominent in the word cloud?
Revisit the Congress.gov website provided in the Resources and consider the role of RNs and APRNs in policy-making. Discussion 2: The Role of the RN/APRN in Policy-Making
By Day 3 of Week 8
Post an explanation of at least two opportunities that exist for RNs and APRNs to actively participate in policy-making. Explain some of the challenges that these opportunities may present and describe how
you might overcome these challenges. Finally, recommend two strategies you might make to better advocate for or communicate the existence of these opportunities to participate in policy-making. Be specific and provide examples.
By Day 6 of Week 8
Respond to at least two of your colleagues’* posts by suggesting additional opportunities or recommendations for overcoming the challenges described by your colleagues.
*Note: Throughout this program, your fellow students are referred to as colleagues.
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NRSE 6050 Week 8 Discussion on potential opportunities that may exist for RNs and APRNs to participate in the policy-making process.
The Role of the RN/APRN in Policy-Making
Nurses may have an impact on policies. Nurses are problem solvers and communicators, capable of gathering information, mobilizing communities, and putting pressure on normal policymakers to support nursing. Nurses may participate in decision making to change laws and promote legislation by informing and influencing lawmakers. Because most policies implemented affect nurses, each nurse will be interested in policy-making (Williams & Phillips, 2018). APRNs and RNs will participate in policymaking in various ways. For the first time, APRNS and RNs will be involved in decision-making through advocacy. According to advocacy principles, anyone affected by a particular policy has the unrestricted right to express an opinion.
APRNs and RNs should understand that they have the right to express their opinions on any policy that may affect them. The advocacy opportunity ensures that no nurse is denied the opportunity to communicate his or her opinion on a specific policy. The following opportunity for APRNs and RNs to be involved in policy-making is through leadership. An APRN or RN holds a position of leadership that necessitates collaboration in policy-making (Chilton, 2015). APRNs and RNs should certainly scrutinize policy detailing, usage, and other policy processes. If an APRN or RN has a problem or a question about a policy, he or she can educate the leaders about it.
Various challenges will undoubtedly confront the opportunity for APRNs and RNs to advocate. To begin, there are concerns about gender equality in terms of advocacy. There are times when male APRNs and RNs are denied the opportunity to secure communicating their thoughts and speculations on a given policy, particularly if it is intended for ladies. Furthermore, there is the challenge of asset competition regarding the advocacy opportunity (Williams & Phillips, 2018). The opportunity for leadership positions held by APRNs and RNs has its own set of challenges. To begin, there is the challenge of changing leadership styles and abilities, as different leaders have different leadership styles and accept different leadership styles. Furthermore, there is the issue of communication, as some associations may lack the proper communication channels through which APRNs and RNs can express their concerns about a given policy.
Various recommendations can be used to advocate more effectively or to communicate the presence of opportunities for APRNS and RNs in policy-making. To begin, there is effective training. It is critical that all nurses are prepared and educated about their policy-making rights. Furthermore, nurses should consistently promote and advance good leadership (Joel, 2017). With strong leadership, APRNs and RNs have the opportunity to voice their concerns and ideas about policy development. Third, nurses should be data seekers and make use of professional gatherings to express their feelings and thoughts about policy-making. It is critical that nurses support other medical professionals and lawmakers by teaching and advocating for policies that benefit our patients, families, and communities.
Health-care systems are rapidly evolving and changing. Nurses are expected to adapt to these changes as part of this system. As a result, nurses are expected to have an impact on the development of health policies rather than just their implementation. Then, in order to better control their practice, they must participate in the development of health policies. During this process, nurse leaders play a critical role. To address professional challenges, they must learn policymaking skills. Nurse leaders have unique and valuable perspectives on health policies because of their values, professional ethics, advocacy skills, and experiences. In recent decades, there has been an increase in nurses’ presence, role, and influence in health policies. Nurses are expected to proactively identify issues and collaborate with other decision-makers to advance health-care policies. They should be aware of the various levels of power in their organizations, as well as who controls the health-care resources. As a result, we can state unequivocally that nurses must be involved in policies that affect patients, families, themselves, and the entire health care system (Arabi, Rafii, Cheraghi & Ghiyasvandian, 2014).