This week’s readings and lecture offered information related to lobbyists and advocates. Is there a difference between being a lobbyist and an advocate? Lobbyists provide support for policy, as do advocates, so what is the difference? Most nurses consider themselves patient advocates; however a political advocate is somewhat different. In this discussion, differentiate between a lobbyist and an advocate. Be sure to discuss a political advocate rather than a bedside advocate.
Topics to include:
- Definition of a lobbyist.
- Definition of an advocate.
- Similarities and differences.
- Why are they both important?
- How does one of your selected organizations (choose one you used in your week 1 DB – What is the definition of Nursing Excellence – these organizations were discussed in the week 1 PowerPoint) lobby or advocate for health care policy?
- Initial Post: Minimum of two (2) total references: one (1) from required course materials and one (1) from peer-reviewed reference.
- Initial Post: Minimum 200 words excluding references (approximately one (1) page)
Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care,Elsevier Saunders, 2015, 7th edition