Grassroots Advocacy: Getting My Voice Heard in DC

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Karen M. Knapp, BSN, RN, CNOR, CRNFA

As a member or ANA and AORN (Association of PeriOperative Nurses), I actively follow and support grassroots activities. By signing up for grassroots alerts, I can take action by sending emails to my legislators on issues related to all things nursing. It’s easy, especially when they provide form letters (that you can also edit to personalize). It takes 2 minutes and a few clicks.

Through ANA, I’ve supported reauthorization of nursing workforce funding in the federal budget and advocated for more nursing input in healthcare reform at the local, state, and federal levels. Additionally, I attend conferences, routinely check ANA/AORN websites for updates and subscribe to my local and national legislators’ newsletters and updates.