Skip to ContentGo to accessibility pageKeyboard shortcuts menu
OpenStax Logo

33.1 The Importance of Nurse Advocacy

Nurses have an ethical responsibility to advocate for change to support populations most at risk for inequities. Nurse advocates work to address the social determinants of health that create health disparities among populations. The nursing profession can act to reduce disparities and advance health through advocacy at many levels.

33.2 Advocacy in Population Health

Nurse advocacy involves assessment, collaboration, and communication. To be effective advocates, nurses must seek information to be fully informed about the issues affecting the populations they serve. Nurses can act locally, regionally, nationally, or globally to advocate for changes that will improve the health of communities and populations. The 2021 Future of Nursing report provides guidance regarding the priorities of nursing as it relates to community-based health care.

33.3 Advocacy and Coalition Building

Nursing coalitions can be more effective than individual advocacy. They enable members to share expertise and resources, and they lend credibility to issues of concern. Prominent national and state organizations have developed nursing advocacy coalitions, and many national coalitions have local chapters where nurses can become involved. Colleges and universities provide avenues for student nurses to participate in advocacy efforts.

Citation/Attribution

This book may not be used in the training of large language models or otherwise be ingested into large language models or generative AI offerings without OpenStax's permission.

Want to cite, share, or modify this book? This book uses the Creative Commons Attribution License and you must attribute OpenStax.

Attribution information
  • If you are redistributing all or part of this book in a print format, then you must include on every physical page the following attribution:
    Access for free at https://openstax.org/books/population-health/pages/1-introduction
  • If you are redistributing all or part of this book in a digital format, then you must include on every digital page view the following attribution:
    Access for free at https://openstax.org/books/population-health/pages/1-introduction
Citation information

© Apr 26, 2024 OpenStax. Textbook content produced by OpenStax is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License . The OpenStax name, OpenStax logo, OpenStax book covers, OpenStax CNX name, and OpenStax CNX logo are not subject to the Creative Commons license and may not be reproduced without the prior and express written consent of Rice University.