Assignment: The Opioid Epidemic

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Assignment: The Opioid Epidemic

Assignment: The Opioid Epidemic

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The role that the electoral process and government plays in one’s daily work and family life is evident in many ways.  Many issues that affect daily life, such as family planning, is often structured through policies set by the government; an example includes funding and defunding of Planned Parenthood.

Nurses make up the largest portion of the health care workforce. Nurses also represent a significant proportion of staff at health facilities, schools, community practices and other clinical settings focused on health (Martin, 2018).  Nurses offer a multitude of experience and unique expertise that bring perspective to the electoral process and processes in the government (Martin, 2018).  An important aspect of health policy advocacy is in establishing networks and developing relationships that allow the nurse advocate to learn from others and share what she/he knows (Mason, Gardner, Outlaw & O’Grady, 2016).

Some of the policy issues that might drive nurses to lobby Congress that directly affect the patient, family, and community relate to advocating to combat childhood obesity and fighting the opioid epidemic.  Nurses can influence policy at both the national and local levels by becoming part of the agenda of action for health promotion.  Another pressing issue affecting my community right now is insuring the uninsured and expanding services to vulnerable populations.  Many development projects and programs have succeeded because of the strategies developed by nurse advocates and the relationships cultivated both within and outside government with key decision-makers and people of influence.

Response must be minimum 150 words each, doble space APA(6th)

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Reflect on the role that the electoral process and government plays in one’s daily work and family life. As nurses, health policy can influence both arenas of our lives. What policy issues might drive nurses to lobby Congress and/or get involved in campaign politics? What strategies might nurses use to have their voices heard?

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