Feature| Volume 20, ISSUE 1, P37-42, February 2022

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Getting Comfortable With the Uncomfortable

Nurse Leader as Advocate—One Leader’s Story
Published:November 23, 2021DOI:


      Nursing advocacy serves as the bedrock for supporting problems affecting nursing practice, the nursing profession as a whole, and health care issues. Every nurse has a professional mandate to advocate for the profession and answer the call to action to be the voice in all issues affecting nursing and patient care. Dr. Nicolette Fiore-Lopez shares her personal insights by providing examples of political advocacy in the nursing arena and how one may overcome the fears of conversing with congressional leaders. She addresses the why, the how, and the interface between advocacy and nursing practice. Grounded in the advocacy mission of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership, Dr. Fiore-Lopez reminds us that advocacy is our responsibility as nurses, and we should be able to speak about our profession and the legislative issues that affect it.
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      Stuart Downs, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, CPHQ, FACHE, FAONL, is the Nursing Administrator at Northside Hospital Gwinnett in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He can be reached at [email protected] Nicolette Fiore-Lopez, PhD, RN, CENP, is chief nursing officer at Saint Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, New York.