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2018 Year of Advocacy
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As the largest group of health professionals in America, and consistently the highest ranked in terms of ethical behavior by the public, nurses are in a unique positon to influence the direction of both the profession and healthcare. Nurses advocate every day regardless of role and setting. ANA wants to recognize the numerous examples - for individual / groups of patients, self, colleague(s) and the profession as a whole; locally, nationwide or globally.

Therefore, ANA has declared 2018 as the ‘Year of Advocacy.’ Throughout the year, we will feature examples of ANA members advocating for patients and the profession in various roles and settings, hosted on the RNAction website and distributed through various ANA digital and social media channels using the hashtag #BedsideAndBeyond. Quarterly themes will build from local to more global examples of advocacy.

Please join us in making the Year of Advocacy a success!

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Quarterly Themes:



Q1: January-March

Nurses advocating locally
Highlighting efforts at the bedside or in the community both for individual and / or groups of patients and / or nurses. Some examples: patient-focused practice changes / process improvements; workplace safety policies addressing issues such as staffing, workplace violence, safe patient handling and mobility; and representing the interests of patients, consumers and / or the profession while serving on a committee, council or board.

Q2: April - June

Nurses influencing elected officials and other key decision makers
Highlighting efforts to impact change with key decision makers that are local, state or federal. Could be employer specific, immediate community / county, state legislative / regulatory, or federal. Individual influence as well as participation in a coalition.

Q3: July - September

Nurses get out the vote!
With the approach of election day, emphasis will shift to political examples. Highlighting nurses leveraging their position as most trusted profession to impact policy change and 2018 campaigns. Will feature nurses who participated in a campaign, currently in or running for an elected or appointed position, and /or have a productive relationship with their elected official.

Q4: October - December

Global Impact and Making every year a year of advocacy
Continue highlighting nurses who have had an impact within their community, state, or at the federal level, while also expanding to experiences beyond the US borders. Considering 2019 and future policy issues relevant to the nursing profession, and will include an analysis of the November election results as well as insight on potential impact of political advocacy, and tips and words of wisdom on how to make every year a year of advocacy at any level in any role and setting.

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