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Politics and Healthcare: Where is Nursing?

Title: Politics and Healthcare
Subtitle: Where is Nursing?
Subject Classification: Healthcare, Politics and Government 
BIC Classification: MQC, MBP, JP
BISAC Classification: MED058000, POL073000, MED058110
Binding: Hardback, Paperback, ebook, pp.128
Publication date: 23rd January 2024
ISBN (Hardback): 978-1-80441-527-6
ISBN (Paperback): 978-1-80441-529-0
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-80441-528-3

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This book explores politics and the role it plays in healthcare and our daily lives. Nurses navigate politics when they read a paper, watch the news, explore the internet, and interact with others at home, work, school, church, civic organizations, and volunteer activities. However, many nurses avoid opportunities to engage in politics locally because of the word’s current negative connotation.

Beginning with a comprehensive look at the birth of our Republic and its founding document, the U.S. Constitution, this book explores the history of our political system and the intersection of politics, healthcare, and nursing from the 1800s to today. Nurses’ roles in social challenges, policy development, advocacy, board service, and developing political awareness are highlighted. Nurses who have served in Congress and others who have run for office locally and regionally provide advice for their colleagues who are unsure how, or if, to begin their involvement. It concludes with an in-depth look at the first campaign school exclusively for nurses and the different skills required for advocacy and candidacy.

This is not a policy manual or treatise from a political organization. It is designed for all nurses who want the world to be better, but don’t know how to begin achieving it. It is an opportunity to explore policy and politics by focusing on what the nurse reader is passionate about and how to best attain his/her goals. Some readers will like the historical perspective; others will be intrigued by social challenges; others will embrace advocacy and/or board service; and still others will value policy involvement. Some nurse readers will enhance their political awareness and participation, with a few entering the political arena. There is something here for every nurse.

Nurses must be politically aware and involved to advocate for healthcare changes and policies that will benefit our society. This book will show them how to begin that journey one step at a time.


Author: Dr. Sue Johnson is Principal & Founder of RN Innovations LLC; a professional development company, based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA.


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