APRN Strategy: Engage Students in Policy Fight

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media , April 16, 2013

In addition, some students went to the Minnesota capitol and met with their local legislators and senators to share how removal of practice barriers would enable their real-world work in their local communities.

"We really were just impressed with the compelling stories that these students told about how this will affect their future practice," Miller says.

In addition to providing health policy courses, educators also provide students with relevant documents, such as The Role of Nurse Practitioners in Meeting Increasing Demand for Primary Care from the National Governor's Association, and Roadmap to a Healthier Minnesota, in which the Minnesota Health Care Reform Task Force calls for "removing practice barriers for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) by adopting the Advanced Practice Registered Nursing Consensus Model and enacting the APRN Model Act and Rules."

Miller says education about health policy is critical, not only among practicing APRNs, but also among graduate and doctoral students, nurse leaders and staff nurses, and undergraduate nursing faculty and students because educating nurse leaders and faculty will have a trickle-down effect to everyone from future nurses to patients.

"We want to keep our well-educated nurses in Minnesota," she says. "This is the time nursing really needs to move forward."

Alexandra Wilson Pecci is a managing editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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