Using Your Nursing Voice: The Nurse's Role in Policy & Advocacy


About the Course  

Episode 1 features Lieutenant Governor Sara Rodriguez discussing the importance of nurses advocating for healthcare policy change. Sara highlights the expertise nurses bring to areas such as social determinants of health and emphasizes the significance of nurses' voices in addressing broader healthcare challenges. Listeners gain insights into actionable steps for nurses to engage in advocacy at local, state, and federal levels, empowering them to make meaningful contributions to healthcare policy.

Episode 2 continues the discussion with Lieutenant Governor Sara Rodriguez, focusing on collaboration among nurses with expertise in various areas to address healthcare challenges. Sara and the host explore actionable steps for nurses to advocate for healthcare change at all levels, from local to federal, emphasizing the importance of knowing and engaging with legislators. Listeners gain insights into the power of nurses' voices in policy-making and are encouraged to become active participants in healthcare advocacy. 

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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Recognize the unique contributions of nurses to healthcare advocacy. 
  • Identify the impact nurses can have on shaping healthcare policies 
  • Select relevant resources and organizations recommended for nurses initiating their advocacy journey 
  • Identify effective communication skills for advocating nursing perspectives to policymakers, stakeholders, and the public. 

About the Presenter

Dr. Candace Pierce is a nurse leader committed to ensuring nurses are well prepared and offered abundant opportunities and resources to enhance their skills acquisition and confidence at the bedside. With 15 years in nursing, she has worked at the bedside, in management, and in nursing education. She has demonstrated expertise and scholarship in innovation and design thinking in healthcare and education, and collaborative efforts within and outside of healthcare. Scholarship endeavors include funded grants, publications, and presentations. As a leader, Dr. Pierce strives to empower others to create and deploy ideas and embrace their professional roles as leaders, change agents, and problem solvers. In her position as the Sr. Course Development Manager for Elite, she works as a project engineer with subject matter experts to develop evidence-based best practices in continuing education for nurses and other healthcare professionals.    

Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Sara Rodriguez is a former nurse and health industry leader who has dedicated her life to improving the health of people in Wisconsin and around the world. Sara started her service as a reproductive health educator in Samoa through the Peace Corps, providing resources and education to improve community sexual health. She later earned her nursing degree and became an emergency room nurse where she saw firsthand the way gaps in our healthcare system left people behind. As an intelligence officer with the Centers for Disease Control, Sara served on the frontlines to provide care across the world to communities ravaged by infectious diseases. Committed to strengthening access to quality, affordable health care for all people, Sara later became a leader in the healthcare industry, working to improve access to care across Wisconsin. And in 2020, Sara chose to take her two decades of experience as a healthcare leader to fight for a healthier, safer Wisconsin by running for the General Assembly and later Lieutenant Governor. She has served as Lieutenant Governor since 2022.   

How to Receive Credit  

  • Listen to the entire recording which requires a 1 hour commitment of time.
  • At the end of the course, answer the Yes/No Affirmation question to indicate that you have completed the educational activity.
  • Specific to Florida: A mandatory Final Examination with a passing score of 75% or higher is required. Exam questions link content to the course Learning Outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.  

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Colibri Healthcare, LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.