Political actions in the healthcare sector are important to the LGBTQ community as the engagement of the nurses in political actions help improve their well-being. The nurses can actively participate in elections to put up to power the leaders they want or to bring down the leaders who do not fully satisfy their needs. The nurses can therefore engage in policy making by ensuring that manifesto of the leaders elected include the various policies they need. The nurses can ensure that the leaders being elected have the potential to listen to the various proposals of the nurses on the grounds of ensuring protection for the LGBTQ community (Amann, 2017). This will facilitate the incorporation of the recommendations of nurses in the policies.
The nurses can stand to be elected as leaders into political position which is the most important as it pertains to LGBTQ and in all the patients. The nurses can act best in that position as they leaders can be able to implement the needed policies that will improve the healthcare sector. A nurse chairing a political position will have adequate knowledge on how policies will work in the healthcare sector and how LGBTQ community could be protected. The political position will facilitate the enhancement of the health care services for all the patients regardless of the category (Groenwald andEldridge, 2019). The political action will facilitate the improvement of the LGBTQ as awareness to the public reducing the stigma associated with them due to non-acceptance in the society.
The nurses can also obtain training and be involved in city councils and committees where they can raise issues of concern within the industry. Participating in these trainings on political issues will facilitate the enhancement of the needed knowledge to the community on the LGBTQ. The participation in the committees will facilitate the enlighteningof the society on the healthcare delivery for all the patients (Kung and Rudner Lugo, 2015). The involvement will generate an opportunity for nurses to protect the LGBTQ from being denied some services and priorities.
Amann, C. A. (2017). Undergraduate Health Policy Education: Impacting the Future of Nursing. Groenwald, S. L., & Eldridge, C. (2019, August). Politics, power, and predictability of nursing care. In Nursing forum.
Kung, Y. M., & Rudner Lugo, N. (2015). Political advocacy and practice barriers: A survey of Florida APRNs. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 27(3), 145-151.
Role of Nurses in Influencing Policy Making
Nurses as Political Actors
Nurses should see themselves as practitioners with the opportunity and obligation to impact current and future delivery systems of health care to be successful. The practice of nursing is based on human health science and caring psychology. This works from a context that holistically respects all people and aims to encourage and advance the health of people throughout their lives and throughout all levels of society (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health, n.d).
A large number of the leading nursing associations encourage nurses to take part in the formulating of policies actively. For instance, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing underlines the job of nursing in strategy. It distinguishes, in its “Fundamentals” reports, the standard arrangement inclusion that ought to be tended to in instructive projects at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees of expert nursing. The National League for Nursing and the American Nurses Association additionally anticipate that medical caretakers should address the approach as a component of their expert job. Politically, nurses can play a significant role in influencing policies that influences the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals (LGBT) (Burke, 2016). They include individuals from different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, yet society has treated them as lesser beings. Nurses can influence policymaking concerning these groups in the following ways.
Lobbying political leaders; Through unique knowledge of their constituents ‘ needs, city and county officials have the power to implement policies and programs that protect LGBTQ people, improve community engagement, and open opportunities (Burke, 2016). Nursing leaders can, therefore, lobby political leaders to pass policies that favor LGBT.
Involvement in campaign groups; Many of these LGBT individuals face discrimination due to current policies in place. Nurses can join in their campaign and together fight for their rights. Sometimes, demonstrations are the only voice that the government hears and responds to.
Volunteer to engage in conferences or activities related to strategy. Prepare a fact sheet and help prepare a document to educate policymakers. Inform stakeholders regarding events that provide incentives for policymakers to tackle.
Conclusively, there is a need for changes to be effected on policies relating to LGBT rights to ensure they feel safe in society. As such, nurses should politically intervene with members of LGBT. They have the potential to have a profound global impact on politics. Nevertheless, it is nurses ‘ ethical and professional duty to intervene in policies they deem to be affecting their patients, LGBT notwithstanding.
Burke Sheila A. (2016). Influence through policy: Nurses have a unique role.Retrieved 29 October 2019, from https://www.reflectionsonnursingleadership.org/commentary/more-commentary/Vol42_2_nurses-have-a-unique-role
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health. (n.d). Retrieved 29 October 2019, from https://www.cdc.gov/lgbthealth/
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