"More or less like many other nurses have commented, but in my own words: Is anybody listening (ie active listening like we are supposed to do) and do they have the commitment and power to make the necessary changes?
How do we find these people and impress upon them the emergent needs for nurses?
Myself? I write my State reps and senators, sometimes feds, with research showing all the things that the nurses write on allnurses. I also talk with my colleagues in a non-provocative way about writing the politicians."
****Especially note the last paragraph. Also important to inform via phone calls and follow up. Continuous, persistent, committed action. Schedule a meeting with representatives and senators and those running for political office, bring good data about the value of nursing care, inform them about what nurses really do, and remind them regularly. Get involved. Change doesn't come from the top down. It comes from the rank and file and the grassroots.