Nursing and Political Involvement
The nurses should attend and participate in the debates that affect health. There are a lot of roles and duties that the nurses can be helping contribute to the health care policy. When not considered, the government and another top official will take advantage over the health concerns and derail them of the benefits that they were supposed to have (Hewison, 2008). They have the first-hand knowledge that they can lend to the expertise concerning the facilities. Another way a nurse can involve in politics is by actually asking for leadership seat with interest to change the situations in the health care units. These will be effective since among all the health professional nurses are the closest to the patients and clients in the health sector. These, therefore, mean that they are the people who understand what is happening in the background of all the health centers. Hence the nurses should get involved in politics to ensure that the health facilities are not undermined.
These situations will result from the failure of the nurses to join the political network or perhaps engaging in the political advocacy activities. The nurses are the people who understand the shortages in the health care units and the poverty levels of the patients when they come for treatment and especially when making payments for the bills. These situations will, therefore, worsen if the nurses refuse to take part in the political advocacy and represent the people especially the rights of the patients in the society. Lack of involvement will also lead to the imposition of adverse health policies that affect the well-being of the health care units. The involvement will assist stop all these menaces (Hewison, 2008).
Hewison, A. (2008). Evidence-based policy implications for nursing and policy involvement. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 9(4), 288-298.