The presentation by the nursing students about the importance of nurses with higher education and nurses in policy was incredibly interesting. If anybody knows about what goes on in hospitals and health care settings, and how patients are faring with the current health care system, it is nurses.
I read a couple of articles online, and found that there are 6 nurses in congress! I’m a little unfamiliar with politics (unfortunately), so I didn’t know this and thought it was really cool.
One Congresswoman nurse who has done influential work is Congresswoman Lois Capps. (D-CA). On her website, she says “once a nurse, always a nurse”, and discusses how she is always using her nursing background when dealing with health care issues and policy. She is a supporter of the Affordable Care Act, and believes it is a crucial step in fixing the broken health care system in the United States. Some of her main priorities related to healthcare include heart disease, maternal, child and infant health (!!), cancer, and work-force issues. She a founding member of the Congressional Nursing Caucus, which provides a forum for congress to discuss issues affecting the nursing community. In addition, she is a strong ally of the LGBT community.
She is currently sponsoring legislation concerned with domestic violence survivors, health education in schools, and medicare, among tons of other issues. Check out her website to learn more!
Lois Capps: http://capps.house.gov
Congressional Nursing Caucus: http://www.rnaction.org/site/PageServer?pagename=nstat_nursing_caucus