Determine the issues or message (e.g., telehealth impact on your practice) you would to discuss with your legislator(s). American Nurses Association Legislative Priorities

telehealth impact

Public policy has a major impact on your practice and your patients. Advocacy is an expectation of the advanced practice nurse. Elected officials care about what their constituents have to say. To make a difference, you need to be informed and engaged. Contacting your legislator and discussing the issues you care about is an important attribute of nurse leaders. In your interactions with lawmakers you want to be positive or nonpartisan, personal, persistent, patient, stay on message, do not give inaccurate information and

Directions

  1. Determine the issues or message (e.g., telehealth impact on your practice) you would to discuss with your legislator(s). American Nurses Association Legislative Priorities (http://goo.gl/clSgyT )
  2. Identify your legislators and contact information. Open-State (https://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/ ) and/or United States Congress (https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members ).
  3. Choose ONE method of Advocacy: Face-to-Face, Letter, or Email.
    • A. Face-to-Face: The student may be asked to meet with the legislator’s assistant (especially for a federal legislator) – that’s OK. Making an appointment might be time-consuming (especially for a federal legislator), so need you to start the appointment-making process early in course. Students in the same legislative district may go together.  Remember you are becoming an Advanced Practice Nurse and we recommend you NOT say you are students and this is a course homework! This is REAL advocacy!!!
      • Once you have completed the visit, the student will write a simple summary (one page) and thank-you note (even if visited with other students, must write own summary and note).
      • Summary questions to consider may include: Was legislator/assistant: — knowledgeable about APN practice and topic or at least willing to become informed — willing to express legislator’s support or opposition — cordial or merely civil; helpful or confrontational; or informative about the political process
      • Post summary and a copy of thank you note (letter or email) are submitted in D2L assignment.
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