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OJIN News -- February 6, 2012

Nurse Advocates: Past, Present, and Future

Volume 17, Issue 1 - January, 2012

OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing has just posted a brand new topic: Nurse Advocates: Past, Present, and Future.

    The Voice of Florence Nightingale on Advocacy, by Louise C. Selanders, RN, EdD, FAAN and Patrick C. Crane, MSN, RN, reviews the accomplishments of Florence Nightingale, discusses advocacy in nursing, and shows how Nightingale advocated through promoting both egalitarian human rights and leadership activities.

    Patient Advocacy in the Community and Legislative Arena, by Mary Maryland, PhD, MSN, APN-BC and Rose Gonzalez, PhD, RN provides examples of how nurses can translate their hands-on experience with patients into steps that will influence policy.

    Role of Professional Organizations in Advocating for the Nursing Profession, by Jennifer H. Matthews, PhD, RN, A-CNS, CNE, FAAN, discusses the characteristics of a profession, reviews the history of professional nursing organizations, and describes the advocacy activities of professional nursing organizations.

    Advocating for Nurses and Nursing, by Karen Tomajan, MS, RN, NEA-BC, defines advocacy, describes advocacy skills, and explores strategies every nurse can employ to advocate for safe and healthy work environment.

    Advocating Globally to Shape Policy and Strengthen Nursing's Influence, by David Benton, BSc, MSc, MPhil, RGN, RMN, FRCN, describes how nursing's voice can best be heard when nurses coordinate their actions to provide essential services and advocate together for public and healthcare-service policies, thus strengthening the position of the profession. /p>

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