Advocacy Issues in Nursing & Healthcare Leadership

The nursing profession is constantly evolving, and nurses themselves are often at the epicenter of that change. Today’s nurse practitioners (NPs), advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), and other nurses are working together to advocate for progressive policies, negotiate changes to existing regulations, and advance the nursing profession as a whole. 

From the fight for full practice authority, to the establishment of nurse-to-patient ratios, to addressing the social determinants of health, these collective efforts help create a safer, more effective, and more inclusive healthcare system. In our advocacy section, we interview nursing leaders about the issues that matter most, and explain how you can get involved as a new, aspiring, or veteran nurse, too.

By Sabrina Tillman Calendar Icon September 21, 2023 Personal Advocacy

Achieving a Work-Life Balance in Nursing

In the fast-paced world of healthcare, nurses often find themselves at the epicenter of relentless demands. Extended shifts, emotionally charged situations, and the ever-present call of duty can make achieving a nurse work-life balance seem elusive.

By Sophia Khawly, MSN Calendar Icon August 7, 2023 Professional Advocacy

Are LPNs/LVNs Still Needed?

Due to the aging Baby Boomer population, the need for LPNs is greater today than ever. LPNs are more affordable for medical facilities and are an important aspect of the interdisciplinary team.

By Kimmy Gustafson Calendar Icon August 3, 2023 Personal Advocacy

Stereotypes in Nursing: What to Know

As part of progress towards a more inclusive and just society, it is essential to recognize and challenge the stereotypes within nursing. These misconceptions have led to a lack of diversity in the nursing workforce and have prevented individuals from pursuing or excelling in their nursing careers. Nurses and the broader healthcare community must prioritize confronting these stereotypes and dismantling them with education, advocacy, and visibility of the diverse and capable individuals in the nursing profession.

By Kimmy Gustafson Calendar Icon July 19, 2023 Professional Advocacy

The Uses of Artificial Intelligence in Nursing & Healthcare

Technology integration is vital in improving patient outcomes as the healthcare industry evolves. Artificial intelligence (AI) is quickly becoming integrated into the healthcare industry today. Applications vary from facilitating administrative tasks to improving patient care by offering accurate, predictive analytics. AI has provided new opportunities to enhance patient care and health outcomes in nursing.

By Sophia Khawly, MSN Calendar Icon July 10, 2023 Professional Advocacy

Being a Good Nurse Preceptor – What to Know

A preceptor is an experienced licensed nurse who supervises and teaches nursing students during their clinical rotations or new graduate nurses during orientation. These preceptors have several years of experience and are active employees in the healthcare setting and not direct employees of the school or university.

By Matt Zbrog Calendar Icon June 15, 2023 Professional Advocacy

NP Advocates to Know: Dr. Jessica Peck on Human Trafficking

For many NPs, advocacy concerns a particular issue close to their heart, one connected to underserved patients who deserve additional support. For Dr. Jessica Peck, the issue is the fight against human trafficking.

By Kimmy Gustafson Calendar Icon June 2, 2023 Patient Advocacy

Diversity, Inclusion, and Health Disparities in American Healthcare

The healthcare industry increasingly recognizes the need for diversity, inclusion, and health equity. Physicians face a unique challenge when addressing health disparities among diverse patient populations. To better understand how to create an inclusive environment in healthcare settings, examining the current state of diversity, inclusion, and health disparities is necessary.

By Matt Zbrog Calendar Icon May 8, 2023 Professional Advocacy

NP Advocates to Know: Dr. Michael Zychowicz on Veterans’ Care

There are over 19 million veterans in the United States. Their health needs are largely met by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which houses the largest integrated healthcare system in the country. Today’s nurses and nurse practitioners (NPs) are important in caring for our nation’s veterans. But more can be done to serve those who have served.

By Matt Zbrog Calendar Icon April 19, 2023 Professional Advocacy

Complementary and Integrative Health (CIH) – What Nurses Should Know

More than 30 percent of adults and 12 percent of children use alternative or complementary treatments. Such treatments generally fall into three categories: nutritional, psychological, or physical interventions.

By Matt Zbrog Calendar Icon March 28, 2023 Patient Advocacy

Are Medication Shortages Widespread? How Nurses Handle This Issue

A medication shortage is when the projected demand for a certain drug exceeds its supply. Local shortages are common, taking place at a single pharmacy or hospital, and can be resolved relatively easily. National shortages are comparatively rarer, but they do exist, and they can take much longer to resolve.