ERIC Number: ED435286
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
A Guide to Grassroots Activism: Moving Nursing Education's Public Policy Agenda. Second Edition.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, DC.
This guide is intended to help people in the nursing profession, especially deans at schools of nursing, to effectively influence public policy at the federal level. Introductory material identifies key Senate and House committees and stresses the importance of establishing and maintaining a relationship with one's representatives in the Congress. It also examines some of the principles involved in searching for a community of interests with political candidates both before and after the election, as well as the role of the American Association of Colleges of Nurses. A five-stage grassroots action plan is proposed, which includes: (1) community role and coalition building--the need for nursing schools to join in a broad coalition of groups with shared objectives; (2) introduction/re-introduction--the importance of meeting personally with representatives and/or senators; (3) developing a relationship with elected officials, with an emphasis on framing nursing issues in terms of the member's key concerns; (4) maintaining the relationship through frequent substantive contacts; and (5) mutuality--the importance of providing public support for a supportive legislator. Also included are guidelines for lobbying and political action committees. Contact information for Congressional members and an after-action report form are appended. (DB)
Descriptors: Activism, Change Agents, Deans, Higher Education, Legislators, Lobbying, Nursing Education, Policy Analysis, Policy Formation, Political Influences, Public Policy
American Association of Colleges of Nursing, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-463-6930.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, DC.