How to Support Nurse Petitions and Legislature
For too long now, nurses have worked under unsafe conditions. From dangerous staffing ratios to lack of PPE during the pandemic, many nurses feel used and abused every time they walk into work. These working conditions have caused nurses to leave the profession by the droves, only worsening the problem. But what can we do?
One of the best things that you can do to improve your working conditions is to support nursing petitions and legislature.
How To Support Nursing Petitions and Legislature
Many people think that they aren’t able to change the world. And while you might not be able to change the entire world, changing things like staffing ratios, pay increases, and general work conditions is doable.
Let’s talk about some ways you can get involved and make a difference. After all, if enough people speak up, change can happen.
Join a Professional Nursing Organization
One of the best ways to support legislation that benefits nurses is to join a professional nursing organization. Professional nursing organizations often have lobbyists that push bills in the government, backed by the support of their members.
In these organizations, you don’t have to hold meetings with officials or commit a lot of time (unless you want to). There are committees within the organizations that handle those things. However, these organizations are able to pull so much weight with their large number of members.
So just by joining a professional nursing organization, you can help them have more power in pushing legislation that benefits the nursing field.
Professional Nursing Organizations to Check Out
- American Nurses Association
- National Nurses United
- American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing
- American Association of Nurse Practitioners
(This is not a comprehensive list. Many states also have their own professional nursing organizations. Additional organizations can be found with a simple web search. Always ensure that you support an organization that aligns with your beliefs and interests. )
Sign Petitions From Organizations Online
There are several well-respected organizations that fight for the rights of nurses. They organize rallies and petitions to provoke action. Supporting these organizations can be done from the comfort of home by signing online petitions. Additionally, if you wanted to be more active you could participate in any of the rallies that they host. Your level of involvement is always up to you.
Organizations to Consider
(This is not a comprehensive list. Additional organizations can be found with a simple web search. Always ensure that you support an organization that aligns with your beliefs and interests.)
Talk To Your Friends and Coworkers
Have you ever heard of the phrase, “word of mouth is the best advertising”? Well, that is because it goes a long way. People talk and sometimes that can be used for the greater good. Always talk to your friends, family, and coworkers about causes they should support (respectfully) and teach them how to get involved.
If we all speak up, we can make a difference. Change doesn’t come from sitting silently. Consider supporting legislature and petitions that can bring the joy of patient care back.
Do you know of any great causes to support? How do you get involved? Let’s chat!