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Nurses Advocating in the workplace, the community, and the CT General Assembly


CT Nurses Association and the Government Relations Committee (GRC) continuously monitor issues important to nurses, the profession, and the patients we serve. This advocacy work ensures that the nurse’s position on potential laws and policies is seen and heard.

We welcome all voices of nurses to be heard, and opinions to be shared with lawmakers. This page will give nurses and students the information they need to communicate effectively with their representatives. While many of the links below are specifically for statewide lawmakers, the information can be used at the local or national level as well. 

Building consensus and collaborating is key to successful legislation.

One way to do this is to let us know if you are taking action on an issue, email info@ctnurses.org 


For a primer on nurse advocacy and the CT General Assembly, create a free account and take the Legislative Boot Camp course.


Advocate in Many Ways

Nurses' can share their expertise, knowledge, and experience to influence the outcomes of issues impacting the nursing profession and the safe, quality care for patients and communities.

When discussing nursing policy and practice issues, it is important to be professional, prepared, and polite.

1. Vote in Every Election


2. Meet your Chief Nurse Officer, Director of Nursing, Top Nurse Administrator

3. Join a Professional Organization

4. Participate in workplace or community committees, councils

5. Read and understand your Nursing Practice Act (NPA) and rules. The legislature can change the NPA. The CT Board of Examiners of Nursing can make rule changes and offers declatory rulings and clarifications.

6. Prepare an elevator speech and a professional introduction


NURSE ADVOCATES IN THE LEGISLATIVE ARENA

CT Nurses offers the following guide as “best practices” for nurses and students on how to (and how not to) address candidates and staff. These materials will help advocates find their representatives and interact effectively.


Step 1: Getting Involved

Join one of the many professional development and advocacy opportunities

Check the Events Calendar for dates 


STEP 2: FINDING YOUR LEGISLATORS

  • Find your Legislator by entering your current home address: Click here        
  • Learn about their work:
    • Explore their websites, bills, committee work, etc.
    • Join their mailing lists and social media sites to stay up to date

STEP 3: CONNECT WITH YOUR LEGISLATORS

  • Do's and Don'ts
  • Tips for writing to/communicating with your legislator
  • Tips for being a resource


STEP 4: CONTINUE ADVOCATING

We know that nurses working together have the power to get things done. Since 2002 the Gallup Poll has identified nurses as the most trusted profession in the US.


Together, nurses can impact policy to benefit and protect our profession, our patients, and our communities. The healthcare system is facing serious challenges right now, and advocacy is more important than ever. Don’t leave your voice out of this story, take action; start advocating for issues you care about and...


Florence Nightingale said, “rather, ten times, die in the surf, heralding the way into the new world, than stand idly on the shore.”

Join Your Colleagues/CT Nurses Association today!

  • Talking about policy in the workplace (I’m not in love with this page or its contents aside from workplace advice like its ok to advocate within your institutions, participate on committees, we prepared to discuss facts about issues and candidates) Kim...maybe its gathering input from diverse perspectives, sharing what you learn, etc.?
  • Building grassroots
  • Join us on social media and extend the VOICE of CT NURSES!

·        Facebook

·        Instagram

·        Linked In

ANA Resources

ANA Advocacy Resources

Tips on writing letters to the editor, lobbying, meeting your representatives and more!

ANA Position Statements

ANA Care Coordination and the Essential Role of Nurses

ANA Policy and State Government Affairs