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ANAI: Cultivating Nurse Advocacy.

Carol Chesterman, MSN, RN, INA Public Policy Chair, had the had the opportunity to travel to Washington DC to attend the American Nurses Advocacy Institute (ANAI) October 1-3, 2017, as Iowa's representative. Chesterman learned how to better advocate for legislation that protects the practice of nursing and ensures quality healthcare for Iowans.

As the most trusted and largest sector of health professions in the U.S., registered nurses must have a voice in influencing the profession and health care. To that end, the American Nurses Association (ANA) is committed to growing nurses' political leadership skills formerly and informally through ANAI. Launched by the ANA in 2009, the program grooms each nurse to be an effective advisor to their state nurses association in establishing legislative/ regulatory priorities, recommending strategies for execution in the advancement of a policy issue, and educating colleagues about the political realities and how to be more effective advocates. The program is competitive, capped at 24 participants, so each individual can benefit optimally from the interactive sessions held in Washington, DC as well as the ongoing mentor support throughout the year. The 2017 - 2018 class represented 18 states--CA, CT, KS, IA, MA, MI, MN, NE, NV, NH, NM, NY, SC, TX, UT, WA, WV & WY.

While in DC, nurses hear from influential nurse leaders such as long-standing Minnesota House Representative who is currently campaigning for Governor, Erin Murphy, MA, RN, FAAN, Mary Behrens, MS, RN FNP BC former Wyoming Mayor and State Legislator, and Dr. Irene Trowell-Harris, RN, Ed.D. Major General USAF, Retired, the former Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Women Veterans. Attendees learn about messaging for differing audiences from leaders in the public relations arena and considerations when assessing the political environment. Application of some of these acquired skills are first exercised with visits to Congressional offices while attending the ANAI.

Carol Chesterman MSN, RN

Caption: American Nurses Advocacy Institute (ANAI) 2018 Class

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Author:Chesterman, Carol
Publication:Iowa Nurse Reporter
Date:Jan 1, 2018
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