Challenging Authority: The Impact of Practicing Nursing in the Legislature

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Abstract

How does challenging authority look? This article describes two steps taken to prepare for and engage in challenges to existing laws. The first step is use of the nursing process to help structure deliberations about when to pursue, justify, and target a challenge to existing law to create desired outcomes. The second step is the important process of building the case for change and the broad base of support needed to push against resistance to change. The article details two examples of specific legislative successes the author accomplished using these two steps.

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