Advocacy & Inquiry

ONL serves as a collective voice of nurse leaders in the region and champions public policy advocacy on issues impacting nursing practice and the health of our communities. We work with our members to identify key issues, provide viable solutions, and influence and build buy-in with key stakeholders and decision-makers. We do this through grass-roots advocacy as well as through strategic partnerships and interactions with key policy leaders, legislators, and other nursing and healthcare organizations and associations.

Key Issues

ONL strives to support our community of nurse leaders with responsiveness and action on the key issues impacting nursing practice today. Current key issues include:

ONL's Policy Platform and Multi-State Agenda

Public Health Policies

Public Health Policies

  • Pandemic response, recovery, and preparedness
  • Changes to vaccination laws
  • Social justice policies concerned with systemic racism and social determinants of health
Nursing and Healthcare Workforce Development

Nursing and Healthcare Workforce Development

  • Strategic engagement with state workforce experts
  • Policies and practices related to the nursing and health care workforce
  • Graduate nurse practice
  • Board of Nursing regulations
  • Federal rescue dollars and state budgets
Positioning Nurses and Clinicians to Lead and Influence

Positioning Nurses and Clinicians to Lead and Influence

  • MA: Nurse on the Health Policy Commission
  • VT: Clinician on the Green Mountain Care Board
  • VT: Nurse Leader on the VT Hospital Association Board
Access to High-Value Health Care

Access to High-Value Health Care

  • Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact
  • Telemedicine/Telehealth
  • Scope of Practice
Healthy Work Environments

Healthy Work Environments

  • Workplace safety/violence
  • Safe patient handling
  • Safe staffing with flexibility to match nurse competency with patient needs

 

Ways You Can Get Involved

Advocacy takes many different forms and requires engagement and persistence. Change is possible when we contribute to the dialogue. There are several ways you can get involved today to help amplify the voice and influence of nurses and nurse leaders on public policy:

  • Leverage time and contact with state and public sector leaders and connect the dots for them if they are less familiar with nursing leadership and practice. Find your legislator >>
  • Collaborate with the government affairs team in your organization, and the Boards that you can influence, and look for opportunities to infuse nursing priorities and perspectives.
  • We need to keep nurses in the conversation, and if you can open doors for others, please do so, with intention.
  • New members are always welcome on the Government Affairs committee. Join us!
 

 

 Patient Care LinkAmerican Organization for Nurse LeadershipCummings Foundation