Nursing professionals have many industry organizations to choose from that can help the nurse stay aware of political actions related to nursing. Nursing organizations can be general or specialized, but with both, members will support a stated mission. The professional organizations have large memberships and will maintain state and national links to monitor ongoing political developments. This paper will review how nurse leaders from across the nation use the American Nurses Association (ANA) to stay current on relevant political actions and why it is so important.
The Professional Organization for Political Awareness
The ANA is the only complete professional organization representing more than three million registered nurses across the nation (Annual Report, 2010). The integrity of the organization along with its massive membership gives power to their causes. They lobby for their causes and keep their members informed on current political health care developments.
The ANA has multiple resources available for nurse leaders. The website is a very valuable resource. The website is easy to access and contains vast amounts of information relating to state and national health care laws and policy, research, and higher education resources (ANA, 2011). Additionally links to health care policy and legislative urgencies are available. On a more local level nurse leaders can also take advantage of local ANA meetings.
Importance of Maintaining Political Awareness
Staying current with health care related policy is essential in protecting not only nursing practice and its scope but also the environment in which nurses work (ANA 2010 Annual Report, 2011). Protecting these issues creates better nurses and...