Policy affects us all either directly or indirectly. As the largest medical professional in the country, Brokaw (2016) describes nurses as having the potential to influence policy at all levels – from organizational to global. Despite the potential of their influence, nurses are unlikely to participate in the development of nursing or healthcare policy (Anderson, Bruce, Edwards, & Podham, 2016; Grady, 2016; Lewinski & Simmons, 2018). Nurses, individually and in professional nursing organizations, must understand and engage in government policy that affects public health and the nursing profession (American Nurses Association [ANA], 2015).
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