What is Advocacy?

An important part of our political process is advocacy, in which an individual, group of individuals, or organization influences decisions within political, economic, or social systems and institutions. Advocates are the people who argue for or support a cause or policy.

How Can You Be an Advocate?

There are no better advocates than us. We advocate every day for every resident in our care. By harnessing our collective energy and voice, we can make a difference within our communities, and through local action, we can create state, regional, and national change.

You can be an advocate by:

  • Writing and calling your local council members, state representatives, and congressional representatives and letting them know how you feel about nursing issues
  • Informing your local government and your community through media campaigns and public speaking
  • Educating your department of health, LTC trade organizations, ombudsman, state regulatory agencies, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Meeting with your local and state representatives to discuss issues important to long-term care nursing

For more than a decade, nursing has outranked all other professions in Gallup’s annual survey on honesty and ethics. We’re viewed as the most trusted professionals. This allows us to truly take charge, be heard, and make a difference.

AADNS was created by nurse leaders committed to providing nurses with a voice on the issues affecting nursing, but we’re only as strong as our members. Participating in advocacy efforts is one of the most important ways you can effect positive change in long-term care and help shape the future of our profession. 

We make a difference in our residents’ lives. Each of us plays a critical role within our own practice setting. We are the eyes and ears and, many times, the main advocate. We are that transformative force. Let’s use our voices together and make our communities and our country a place where all elders can participate and thrive. We are a powerful group.