1. Becoming active in the nursing profession beyond the bedside can take many forms. Nurses can join professional organizations to keep up with new developments, advocate for change, and receive continuing education credits. They can also get involved in local or state health care initiatives by attending public meetings or writing letters to elected officials on issues that impact healthcare delivery. Additionally, nurses may volunteer at local health clinics, serve as peer mentors for new nurses and students entering into the profession, or start a mentorship program within their own healthcare facility. By taking initiative and being an active participant in the discussion of how best to provide patient-centered care, nurses become part of a larger effort towards improving health outcomes and promoting better access to care across all populations.
2. After reviewing the article on nursing organizations one organization that interests me is The American Nurses Association (ANA). This organization has been advocating for nursing since 1896 with a mission “to advance professional nursing practice through advocacy, accreditation, certification and other activities that enhance quality care and promote safe work environments” (American Nurses Association [ANA], 2021). I am interested in this organization because it has a long history of fighting for nurse rights such as better pay increases, safer working conditions and more equitable benefits packages. It also keeps its members informed about current trends in healthcare policy so they are able to make well-informed decisions when providing patient care.