Your practice is controlled by a simple majority.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Nursing services (Political aspects)
Author: Adkins, Sharon
Pub Date: 06/22/2012
Publication: Name: Tennessee Nurse Publisher: Tennessee Nurses Association Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 Tennessee Nurses Association ISSN: 1055-3134
Issue: Date: Summer, 2012 Source Volume: 75 Source Issue: 2
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Tennessee Geographic Name: Tennessee Geographic Code: 1U6TN Tennessee
Accession Number: 293950425
Full Text: It's campaign season in Tennessee. This fall, all of the state House seats and half of the state Senate seats will be up for election. These are the men and women who control your nursing practice through the nurse practice act and vote on issues that affect access to safe, effective, quality care for our citizens. Now is the time for you to get to know your legislators and those who are running for office. Volunteer to work in their campaign, invite them to your work place, get to know their views on nursing and health care. Remember, you are the experts, you have the knowledge and real world experience to be excellent resources for your elected officials. You can become their "go to" person when legislation about health care or nursing practice is introduced ... you can help them understand the potential impact a piece of legislation may have on the health and welfare of Tennesseans.

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So, when you're making plans for that summer vacation ... also make plans to get involved in the political process. Your practice is controlled by a simple majority. Seventeen Senators and 50 Representatives can change your life. Remember the old saying, if you're not at the table, you may be on the menu!

by Sharon Adkins, MSN, RN, Executive Director
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