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Unformatted text preview: I t is very important for nurses to get involved in politics if they wish to have any input in the formation of policies. Many people do not understand the influences that politicians have on nursing issues which will ultimately affect patient care. Nurses should be represented in the formation of health care policies and use their knowledge and expertise to lobby for health care legislation that is cost effective. Lobbying for important issues that affect health care can help mobilize government officials who influence legislation (SUO, 2011). If nurses do not become involved and employ a values laden approach to politics, they have no power over their future, and health care will suffer from their lack of participation. Nurses frequently do not take part in political issues that affect their profession, instead they focus on clinical care and often times ignore larger issues, due to a heavy workload or lack of understanding of how to influence public policy....
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- Spring '11