General Session: Advocacy for Every Nurse: How APHON Nurses Can Make a Difference in Legislation and Health Policy Decisions (103)

5:15 – 6:15 pm Friday, August 18

1CH  Advocacy is a fundamental concept of nursing practice. The American Nurses Association (ANA) Code of Ethics emphasizes the importance of advocacy stating: “The nurse promotes, advocates for, and strives to protect the health, safety, and rights of the patient.” 

Patient advocacy is woven throughout excellence in nursing practice and pediatric hematology/oncology nurses are skilled and passionate advocates for the health and well-being of their patients and families. Advocacy, however, should not be limited to the bedside. Pediatric hematology/oncology nurses can use the same skills to influence the public policy, laws, and budgets that impact our profession and the children and adolescents we treat. By using our expertise, relationships, personal experiences, social media, messaging, and the APHON Health Policy and Advocacy committee, pediatric hematology/oncology nurses can educate government officials and the public to help bring about critical changes necessary for the optimal care and treatment of our patients and families.