Nursing Paper on Embracing Health Advocacy and Policy

Nursing Supported Legislation

            In 2017, the state of California passed a legislation aimed at tackling violence at the workplace. The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board approved rules to mitigate workplace violence in health care institutions. The legislation is called SB 1299 and it was passed back in 2014.

Nursing Provision

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) sponsored the bill. It requires all healthcare providers to create a comprehensive plan for the prevention of violence at the workplace. The plans must examine threats as well as risk of verbal and physical attacks and how to reduce the risk. Nurses must be included in the planning. The guidelines require competency validation, hands-on-training, and technical controls like alarms. SB 1299 includes the whole health facility, even the parking garages. Further, it requires internal incident records and reporting to California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board even if an incident had no injury. On that account, the legislation ensures that all healthcare institutions are therapeutic and safe. As the legislation ensures that nurses are safe, it raises the level of care in a hospital. It should be enforced at the national level.



Advocacy and Leadership

A major problem in today’s healthcare setting is violence against nurses and other health workers as a from of retaliation by patients and even senior hospital staff. This violence is reducing the ability of nurses to provide the best level of care for patients (Bolman and Terrence, 409). In this situation, nurses should put their advocacy aptitude to test in advocating for each other and the entire nursing profession (Walker et al, 66). To that extent nursing advocates should lean towards the caring model, which facilitates a clear outline for advocating for co-workers and patients. With the caring model, a nurse begins with the assumption that the individual he/she is working with has skills that are valuable, that they are working hard, that they want to learn and improve, and that they have the upmost intentions.

Works Cited

Bolman, Lee G., and E. Terrence. “Deal.” Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership (2011): 409-410.

Walker, Deborah Kirk, et al. “Everyday advocates: nursing advocacy is a full-time job.” AJN The American Journal of Nursing 115.8 (2015): 66-70.