Nurses and legislators bring unique perspectives to healthcare policy-making. These individuals have direct experience of and knowledge about the issues and challenges that patients and healthcare professionals face. Your perspective will help to shape policies and legislation that improve healthcare delivery, outcomes for patients, and access.
A nurse can be a powerful advocate for healthcare reform. These legislators can make use of their power and sponsor or support legislation that supports healthcare affordability and accessibility. Supporting bills that deal with healthcare workforce development and nursing education can have significant effects on healthcare delivery.
Legislators who are nurses may be role models or mentors to other nurses interested in careers in advocacy and healthcare policy. These nurses can encourage and motivate other nurses to get involved in policy-making and support patient and nursing care.
In general, nurses who serve as legislators can help improve healthcare delivery.