Discuss how professional nursing organizations support the field of nursing and how they advocate for nursing practice. Explain the value professional nursing organizations have in advocacy and activism related to patient care. Nursing organizations support the nursing field by advocating for nurses in specific fields of study, depending on the organization, in the areas of legislation, regulation, education, and politics. These organizations provide nurses with up to date information about changes on every level within that field. The ANA's State Government Affairs program monitors trends/issues with nursing scope of practice, workplace issues such as safe staffing, mandatory overtime, safe patient handling and movement, and workplace violence (ANA, n.d., para.1). “Professional organizations are required by law to create a political action committee (PAC), which is a separate part of the organization in order to be active in government and to financially support legislative committees and political candidates” (Helbig, 2018). Essentially, the
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- Spring '15
- Nursing, Health care provider, Ana, Political action committee