For long over a decade, the public has recognized Nursing as the most trusted and ethical profession in the United States (Cipriano, 2015). This represents both the strong solidarity and responsibility the profession carries. Therefore, it is imperative that nurses across healthcare, serve as formal and informal leaders.
Nurses have a responsibility to educate the public and legislators on issues that impact the health of Nebraskans and our communities. The Nurses Association views the call to educate and communicate as a priority.
Nurses are the largest healthcare sector in the United States, and a profession that contributes to the science, advocacy, health, and well-being of Nebraskans and our communities;
As Nebraska nurses, we believe that all individuals have a right to basic healthcare; and, therefore, we support legislation that promotes equal access to healthcare for all individuals;
As Nebraska nurses, we believe that preventative measures can result in a better quality of life and reduce the lifetime costs of healthcare. We support legislation that promotes prevention and wellness-related activities and services;
As Nebraska nurses, we are professionals; and, as such, we are responsible for maintaining competency and practice standards that are current through the utilization of evidenced-based principles.
Based on the above underlying beliefs, the NNA adopts the Following Legislative Platform;