Importanceof political involvement
Today,nurses need to be actively involved in political processes anddiscussions because it is a highly regulated profession. The nursesare highly regulated through laws by the boards of nursing and statelaw statutes and the ambulatory care regulations among otherregulatory bodies. The political processes affect the nursingprofession in many ways research, education or practice (Mason,Leavitt, & Chaffee, 2013).The involvement of nurses in politics will result in effective publicpolicy formation. There are many ways a nurse can be politicallyinvolved. Firstly, it has to begin from the place of work, where thenurses can shape the course of developing the institutional policies.Then can extend their influence to the community through theactivities on the local boards. Also, a nurse can participate in thegovernment political discussions through involvement in activitieslike campaigns, letter writing, and polling. Nurses hold a level ofstature that is exceedingly esteemed and trustworthy in the communityand perceived as the professionals who are truthfully interested inthe wellbeing of other members of the society (Greener,Harrington, & Hunter, 2014).
Theaspect of politics can have a significant impact on the type of workthat is done by the nurses because of its effects on the society. Ifnurses opt not to be politically involved in their line ofprofession, then they may not discover the proper ways of what can bedone to address the issues of preventable illness and injury (Mason,Leavitt, & Chaffee, 2013).If a nurse decides to be politically neutral will not be able toadvocate for the patients because politics is a means to support thewelfare of the patients. The advocacy is very vital for the nursesbecause societal justice is the key value in the nursing profession.When the nurses are politically involved in the nursing profession,they become empowered through the aspects of training, leadership,and the shared achievement (Greener,Harrington, & Hunter, 2014).
Greener,I., Harrington, B., & Hunter, D. (2014). Reforminghealthcare.Bristol: Policy Press.
Mason,D., Leavitt, J., & Chaffee, M. (2013). Policy& politics in nursing and health care(1st ed.). St. Louis, Mo.: Elsevier/Saunders.