Influencing Policy through political advocacy

Nurses advocates contribute to the progression of various health and social issues and reduce health vulnerability that affect people daily. Nurses are in a unique position to facilitate new development both as activists and agents of change themselves, and as advocates for individuals, groups and communities working for change and social justice (Kaminski, 2007). In reading Taking action nurses for Obama: advocacy and experience on the campaign trail, Pamela Johnson discusses her own personal fight to aid Barack Obama’s campaign to run for the United States Senate, and later went on to volunteer again to assist in raising funds for the campaign for Barack Obama to run for the president of the United States. Pamela Johnson supported Mr. Obama because he was involved in healthcare and social issues that were important to her. He sponsored and supported legislative initiatives such as expansion of the state child health insurance program, hospital report card act, ethics legislation, finance reform, and expansion of the state earned income tax credit to assist low-income workers (Mason, Leavitt, & Chaffee, 2014). Ms. Johnson was successful in aiding in his campaign by networking within healthcare organizations such as the National Black Nurses Association. She did not encounter any problems and there is nothing that should have been done differently.


Kaminski, J. (2007). The Role of the Nurse in Activism – A Repository of Resources, Theory, and Tools for the Engaged Nurse. Retrieved from

Mason, D. J., Leavitt, J. K., & Chaffee, M. W. (2014). Policy & politics in nursing and

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