Preparing Nurses for Healthcare Policy

Nursing leaders need to understand, support, and facilitate healthcare policy. This presentation will provide discussion and guidance on how to become involved with health policy at a beginning level so one can “get started.” Exemplars of nursing opportunities for input into regulatory and legislative processes at the state and federal levels will be described, in addition to how nurses can support grassroot policy initiatives in one’s own community. Overall nurses need to understand how we, the largest healthcare workforce, can change and make a difference in healthcare practices.