Media and Advocacy Skills
Advocating for Nurses and Nursing
Karen Tomajan, MS, RN, NEA-BC
Ms. Tomajan is Director of the Nursing Practice/Magnet Program at John Muir Health, in Concord, California
Every nurse has the opportunity to make a positive impact on the profession through day-to-day advocacy for nurses and the nursing profession. In this article the author defines advocacy; describes advocacy skills every nurse can employ to advocate for a safe and healthy work environment; and explains how nurses can advocate for nursing as part of their daily activity whether they are point-of-care nurses, nurse managers, or nurse educators. The advocacy practices discussed are applicable whether advocating on one's own behalf, for colleagues at the unit level, or for issues at the organizational or system level.
Citation: Tomajan, K., (January 31, 2012) "Advocating for Nurses and Nursing" OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing Vol. 17, No. 1, Manuscript 4.