The Political Action Process And How Nurses Influence Change

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Reflective Essay on the Political Action Process and How Nurses Influence Change Prior to beginning this course, I was not abreast of the political action process nor the impact of the nurses’ role in the political action process. I was aware of groups lobbying against policies, bills, laws, etc., however, I was not educated on the various aspects or inconsiderable number of steps involved in the political action process (or use: I was not aware of the depth of involvement required in the political action process). As the semester culminates, my knowledge has increased regarding the impact that political action plays in my professional practice. I am shocked at how long it can take for a policy, bill, or law to pass. The tenacity of…show more content…
Individuals involved in political action are often looked at as advocates, moreover, nurses specifically have a role in advocating for the marginalized, disenfranchised, and vulnerable populations. The impact nursing has on political action dates back to “the 1960s and 1970s with the push for women’s rights and issues surrounding consumer rights” (Mason, et al., 2016, p. 31). Nurses became known as advocates for their patients which physicians interpreted to going against what they felt to be in the best interest of the patient’s health. The nurses were not carrying out the orders physicians gave, stating they were advocating for their patients. With the movement of nurses advocating for their patients, that opened the doors for an opportunity where nurses could begin practicing autonomously and establishing nursing as a profession. Some states have gone so far as to defining, within their nurse practice act, how nurses will advocate for their patients, nursing, and the health care field (Mason, et al., 2016, p. 32). Quality of a great advocate include, feeling empathy towards the patient, situation, or issue. As you learn to empathize, you become passionate about the situation and/or issue (e.g. health disparity), thus becoming engaged in the situation. As nurses, we are extremely passionate about what we do. This leads us to tap into our moral compass and how we identify with the patient, situation, or
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