The expertise and experience of health care professionals is needed in policy making and legislation like never before. Health care professionals have an innate and values based understanding of health care principles and practice that must be shared throughout the spectrum of the political and legislative process. Nurses in particular have a unique and honorable role to play in improving the health care of all because of the trust that the public places in them: Nurses Top Honesty and Ethics List.

Brad Peduzzi Testifies on Paid Sick Leave at the Vermont Statehouse

“Nurses maintain values that promote individualized patient care and collaboration among health care professionals. It is important that nurses are represented in the formation of health care policy and that these values, as well as nursing knowledge and expertise, are shared with politicians and reflected in quality health care legislation that is cost-effective. Nursing's active involvement in the molding of public policy through political commitment is a necessity; it is not enough to wait and see where legislation takes the profession and how changes in public policy will affect patients. If nurses do not become involved and employ a values-laden approach to politics, they have no power over their own future, and health care will suffer from their lack of participation."

Des Jardin, K. E. (2001a). Political involvement in nursing – education and empowerment. AORN Journal, October. Part 1 of 2.