Just as wound, ostomy, and continence nursing is both an art and a science, so is advocating for the specialty and the patients we serve.
In this Toolkit, you will learn specifics from how to address a Member of Congress, to how to prepare for a meeting with one. The mechanics of Congress and your State Legislature, the titles and job descriptions of legislative staff, and the most effective ways of communicating with exactly the right people are all explained in simple, clear language.
There is an expression: "All politics are local." The importance of learning and communicating about legislative work unfolding within the all levels of government will have increasing importance as health care reform moves forward. Please carefully read and note the process for local action in your own state, and begin the conversation with your elected representatives and their staff. Any of us can do the work of changing the status quo, for our profession, our patients and their families. But we have to DO it!
The purpose of this document is to show how it's done.