Participation in the elections, namely, in the voting process is “contribution” in shaping the future of the country. A willingness to participate in the election process is an indicator of belonging to a political life that affects our daily work and family life. Everyone has a particular political position. The same applies to the health care system, because it is constantly evolving and nurses must constantly keep up with the times and offer the best options for improving the quality of life.
Policies, strategies and plans in health care are not the ultimate goal. The target of this action is to create a circumstance in which all people everywhere might have accession to high-quality health services and expect a long and healthy life (Toofany S, 2015). Health workers play an important role in social and political life of citizens (Akram Arabi, Forougj Rafii & Shahrzad Ghiyasvandian, 2014). And they understand the importance of the development of the health system and the need to comply with the new trends in the development of medicine. The reason that may force them to lobby Congress and get involved on political campaigns – sharp social and political issues that are directly related to the medical field (American Nurse Association, 2012). For example, a law that prohibits representatives of the LGBT community to be blood donors.
This political decree violate human rights and reduce the likelihood of getting the needed blood to people who need it. Because of this, nurses can join in a political campaign, which opposes such a ban. Also, as the cause of accession can serve an increase of investment in different medical programs, or funding programs associated with LGBT adolescents, who need medical care or funds to improve the quality of sexual education among adolescents. Among the strategies we can identify several: the first one is civic engagement with the help of mass-media, also they can hand out flyers to people in order to make them know about the existence of such a question. And probably the most radical method is to hold meetings (American Nurse Association, 2012).
In conclusion, it should be noted that the political life of society is inseparably connected with the medical field. Some social or political issues can attract nurses to make them a part of a political campaign. Such a decision may lead to improving the quality of life of the population, as health care providers primarily operate for the benefit of society.
The role that the electoral process and government plays in one’s daily work and family life is evident in many ways. Many issues that affect daily life, such as family planning, is often structured through policies set by the government; an example includes funding and defunding of Planned Parenthood.
Nurses make up the largest portion of the health care workforce. Nurses also represent a significant proportion of staff at health facilities, schools, community practices and other clinical settings focused on health (Martin, 2018). Nurses offer a multitude of experience and unique expertise that bring perspective to the electoral process and processes in the government (Martin, 2018). An important aspect of health policy advocacy is in establishing networks and developing relationships that allow the nurse advocate to learn from others and share what she/he knows (Mason, Gardner, Outlaw & O’Grady, 2016).
Some of the policy issues that might drive nurses to lobby Congress that directly affect the patient, family, and community relate to advocating to combat childhood obesity and fighting the opioid epidemic. Nurses can influence policy at both the national and local levels by becoming part of the agenda of action for health promotion. Another pressing issue affecting my community right now is insuring the uninsured and expanding services to vulnerable populations. Many development projects and programs have succeeded because of the strategies developed by nurse advocates and the relationships cultivated both within and outside government with key decision-makers and people of influence.
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Reflect on the role that the electoral process and government plays in one’s daily work and family life. As nurses, health policy can influence both arenas of our lives. What policy issues might drive nurses to lobby Congress and/or get involved in campaign politics? What strategies might nurses use to have their voices heard?