Health Care and the New Administration

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“Our professional code dictates that ‘Health is a universal right,’ and so we have a duty to support that,” says Shawn Kennedy in her March editorial. This statement should embody nurses’ perspectives on advocacy. However, advocacy for better health extends beyond health care policies and includes social policies. The National Poverty Center states that social determinants are more important factors of health than health policies.1
Health as a universal right is quickly diminishing under the 45th president of the United States. Because of this, nurses need to enter the political arena. Ranked highest among various professions in terms of trust, nurses can advocate for patients and families effectively and become a powerful force in the policymaking process. By getting involved, the nursing profession can maintain health as a universal right, despite the opposing perspective of the president.
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