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|WOCN Society Advocacy and Grassroots Toolkit|
WOCN Society Advocacy and Grassroots Toolkit
The future growth and vitality of wound, ostomy, and continence (WOC) nursing is largely dependent on the ability of our professionals to influence key decisions made in our state and nation’s capitals. These policy decisions are essential to preserving the future of our practices, our health care facilities, and the patient populations that we serve. To protect our field of nursing, we must develop and deliver effective messages from credible messengers to our elected officials about the quality of our patient care and its importance to the community. This is the essence of advocacy, which can be implemented on many levels and take many different forms.
This toolkit will present a variety of options for incorporating advocacy efforts into your operations, from simply establishing regular communications with your elected officials to the more advanced efforts entailed in developing a grasstops or grassroots program to strengthen your influence in Washington, D.C. or in your state capitol. The WOCN Society has prepared this toolkit as a resource for its members to enhance their own, individual efforts at public policy/advocacy. he WOCN Society conducts direct policy discussions on Capitol Hill, provides public policy and advocacy education and communications to it membership and has an active policy and advocacy coordination team.