Political actions in the healthcare
sector are important to the LGBTQ community as the engagement of the
nurses in political actions help improve their well-being. The nurses
can actively participate in elections to put up to power the leaders
they want or to bring down the leaders who do not fully satisfy their
needs. The nurses can therefore engage in policy making by ensuring that
manifesto of the leaders elected include the various policies they
need. The nurses can ensure that the leaders being elected have the
potential to listen to the various proposals of the nurses on the
grounds of ensuring protection for the LGBTQ community (Amann, 2017).
This will facilitate the incorporation of the recommendations of nurses
in the policies.
The nurses can stand to be elected as leaders into political position
which is the most important as it pertains to LGBTQ and in all the
patients. The nurses can act best in that position as they leaders can
be able to implement the needed policies that will improve the
healthcare sector. A nurse chairing a political position will have
adequate knowledge on how policies will work in the healthcare sector
and how LGBTQ community could be protected. The political position will
facilitate the enhancement of the health care services for all the
patients regardless of the category (Groenwald andEldridge, 2019). The
political action will facilitate the improvement of the LGBTQ as
awareness to the public reducing the stigma associated with them due to
non-acceptance in the society.
The nurses can also obtain training and be involved in city councils
and committees where they can raise issues of concern within the
industry. Participating in these trainings on political issues will
facilitate the enhancement of the needed knowledge to the community on
the LGBTQ. The participation in the committees will facilitate the
enlighteningof the society on the healthcare delivery for all the
patients (Kung and Rudner Lugo, 2015). The involvement will generate an
opportunity for nurses to protect the LGBTQ from being denied some
services and priorities.
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Role of Nurses in Influencing Policy Making
Nurses as Political Actors
Nurses should see themselves as practitioners with the opportunity
and obligation to impact current and future delivery systems of health
care to be successful. The practice of nursing is based on human health
science and caring psychology. This works from a context that
holistically respects all people and aims to encourage and advance the
health of people throughout their lives and throughout all levels of
society (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health, n.d).
A large number of the leading nursing associations encourage nurses
to take part in the formulating of policies actively. For instance, the
American Association of Colleges of Nursing underlines the job of
nursing in strategy. It distinguishes, in its “Fundamentals” reports,
the standard arrangement inclusion that ought to be tended to in
instructive projects at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral
degrees of expert nursing. The National League for Nursing and the
American Nurses Association additionally anticipate that medical
caretakers should address the approach as a component of their expert
job. Politically, nurses can play a significant role in influencing
policies that influences the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and
transgender individuals (LGBT) (Burke, 2016). They include individuals
from different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, yet society has
treated them as lesser beings. Nurses can influence policymaking
concerning these groups in the following ways.
Lobbying political leaders; Through unique knowledge of their
constituents ‘ needs, city and county officials have the power to
implement policies and programs that protect LGBTQ people, improve
community engagement, and open opportunities (Burke, 2016). Nursing
leaders can, therefore, lobby political leaders to pass policies that
Involvement in campaign groups; Many of these LGBT individuals face
discrimination due to current policies in place. Nurses can join in
their campaign and together fight for their rights. Sometimes,
demonstrations are the only voice that the government hears and responds
Volunteer to engage in conferences or activities related to strategy.
Prepare a fact sheet and help prepare a document to educate
policymakers. Inform stakeholders regarding events that provide
incentives for policymakers to tackle.
Conclusively, there is a need for changes to be effected on policies
relating to LGBT rights to ensure they feel safe in society. As such,
nurses should politically intervene with members of LGBT. They have the
potential to have a profound global impact on politics. Nevertheless, it
is nurses ‘ ethical and professional duty to intervene in policies they
deem to be affecting their patients, LGBT notwithstanding.
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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health. (n.d). Retrieved 29 October 2019, from https://www.cdc.gov/lgbthealth/