This weekâ€™s readings and lecture offered information related to lobbyists and advocates. Is there a difference between being a lobbyist and an advocate? Lobbyists provide support for policy, as do advocates, so what is the difference? Most nurses consider themselves patient advocates; however a political advocate is somewhat different. In this discussion, differentiate between a lobbyist and an advocate. Be sure to discuss a political advocate rather than a bedside advocate.
Topics to include:
- Definition of a lobbyist.
- Definition of an advocate.
- Similarities and differences.
- Why are they both important?
- How does one of your selected organizations (choose one you used in your week 1 DB – What is the definition of Nursing Excellence – these organizations were discussed in the week 1 PowerPoint) lobby or advocate for health care policy?
Your initial post must be posted before you can view and respond to colleagues, must contain minimum of two (2) references, in addition to examples from your personal experiences to augment the topic. The goal is to make your post interesting and engaging so others will want to read/respond to it. Synthesize and summarize from your resources in order to avoid the use of direct quotes, which can often be dry and boring. No direct quotes are allowed in the discussion board posts.
- Initial Post: Minimum of two (2) total references: one (1) from required course materials and one (1) from peer-reviewed references.
- Initial Post: Minimum 400 words excluding references (approximately one (1) page).
My week 1 DB
The Joint Commission is an organization that deals with improving the quality of healthcare that is offered to the masses and also ensure patient safety (Masica, Richter, Convery, & Haydar, 2009). It works with different organizations that deal with the provision of care to ensure that no harm comes to patients. The Joint Commission has a huge impact on nursing, given that it ensures there is the standardization of practices. That reduces the occurrence of errors in nursing practice. In terms of nursing education, this organization also has a key role where it tasked with the process of review. That is done through the involvement of the nurses in the accreditation and certification programs. As well, the nurses are involved in the development of standards.
In terms of nursing research, the Joint commission plays the role of enhancing or supporting research that is aimed at improving the standard of practice and safety of the patients. In assessing the role of the organization in the lens of nursing excellence, it is more of a resource for the healthcare system. For instance, it provides ways through which a healthcare organization can improve the quality of services that they provide and also ensure that there is patient safety. In my capacity as a nurse, I would provide a lot of support to this organization. In specific, I would participate in the development of standards that are used in the provision of healthcare. Personally, there some aspects of the provision of healthcare that I do not like, for instance, understaffing and hence I can use the organization as an avenue to address them.
The National League of Nursing is concerned with the issues of improving nursing education and the manner that nursing services are offered in the United States (Gonen, Sharon, & Lev-Ari, 2016). Notably, the impact of the national league of nursing has been promoting excellence in the field of nursing. That has been through the use of nursing education in the process of building a strong and diverse workforce that can be used in the provision of healthcare. As well, the organization has been involved in the process of advancing policy that is used to improve the quality of nursing services.
In terms of nursing education, this institution is concerned with engaging practicing nurses to ensure that they are conversant with the latest nursing practices. Also, the organization plays a huge role in creating a supportive environment for nursing educators which helps them in the process of executing their mandate. Moreover, the organization is involved in the process of nursing research, whereby it plays a role in the development and designing of different research initiatives that are aimed at improving nursing practice. In the lens of nursing excellence, this organization is a resource for the healthcare system. That is because it provides support for nursing education and all the stakeholders who are involved in the process. As a nurse, I would be excited to provide support to the organization. That is because it is through nursing education that improvements can be achieved in the field of nursing and hence ensure that only quality services are rendered to the public.
Gonen, A., Sharon, D., & Lev-Ari, L. (2016). Integrating Information Technologyâ€™s competencies into academic nursing educationâ€“An action study. Cogent Education, 3(1). 1-9. doi:10.1080/2331186x.2016.1193109
Masica, A. L., Richter, K. M., Convery, P., & Haydar, Z. (2009). Linking Joint Commission Inpatient Core Measures and National Patient Safety Goals with Evidence. Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings, 22(2), 103-111. doi:10.1080/08998280.2009.11928486