AACN ENCOURAGES NURSES TO VOTE FOR THIS YEAR’S COMING ELECTION
Nurses are not just front liners of healthcare, they can also be the voice of the voiceless.
With the state of kind of healthcare we have today, further arrangements should be done that could cater various patient backgrounds fairly and effectively.
That’s why the American Association of Colleges of Nursing calls nurses to exercise their right to vote addressing their will for change for the coming midterm elections, most preferably nursing students.
As stated in a 2018 survey by the Pew Center for Research, the United States lags behind most developed countries in voter turnout rates. The 2016 election saw a voter turnout of 55.7%, which earned the U.S. a ranking of 26 out of the 32 countries participating in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
In August 7, AACN launched Nursing Voices, Nursing Votes, a nonpartisan initiative envisioned to encourage, educate, and engage nursing deans, faculty, and students as they intensify their voices during election season.
"Elections are a cornerstone of our national framework and offer important opportunities for engagement and policy change," Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN, FAAN, AACN president and chief executive officer, says in a news release. "We are excited to introduce the Nursing Voices, Nursing Votes initiative so nursing schools within AACN's membership have the framework and tools available to be active members within our electoral process."
Nursing Voices, Nursing Votes is a multifaceted initiative featuring social media use to inform AACN members of primary dates and registration deadlines. There is also a countdown to the 2018 midterm elections.
Erudite Nursing Institute™ in partnership with AACN encourages nursing educational institutions to let their students participate in this momentous event to address our rights as citizens at the same time inhibit our professions vision to be the voice of the those in need.
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