WEEK 11- Discussion #8 Describe three political actions nurses could take to strengthen their role in policymaking as it relates to advocacy for improving LGBTQ health. Correlate your discussion to the AACN MSN Essentials, identify one that most pertains to this topic and elaborate on your selection. APA FORMAT , 250 WORDS. Attached below is additional information regarding providing adequate care for the LGBTQ community as outlined by Joint Commission and the CDC: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health:

Introduction

Nurses play a crucial role in advocacy for improving LGBTQ health and have the potential to influence policymakers to bring about positive changes in policies. This discussion will focus on three political actions that nurses can take to strengthen their role in policymaking as it relates to advocacy for improving LGBTQ health. The selected actions are: education and training, collaboration with LGBTQ organizations, and involvement in policy development and implementation.

Education and Training

One political action nurses can take to strengthen their role in policymaking is to advocate for comprehensive education and training on LGBTQ health issues. By ensuring that nurses are educated and informed about the unique health needs of LGBTQ individuals, they become better equipped to provide culturally competent and sensitive care. Education and training should include topics such as LGBTQ health disparities, health promotion and prevention strategies, and best practices in providing LGBTQ-inclusive healthcare. Nurses can work with nursing organizations, academic institutions, and healthcare systems to develop and implement educational programs tailored to the needs of healthcare professionals. This political action aligns with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Master’s Essentials, specifically Essential IV: “Translating and Integrating Scholarship into Practice.” This essential emphasizes the importance of evidence-based practice and the integration of research into healthcare delivery. By advocating for education and training, nurses are promoting the use of evidence-based approaches in providing care for LGBTQ individuals.

Collaboration with LGBTQ Organizations

Another political action nurses can take is to collaborate with LGBTQ organizations. Nurses can join local, regional, and national LGBTQ organizations and contribute their expertise and knowledge to initiatives focused on improving LGBTQ health. By actively participating in these organizations, nurses can have a direct impact on policymaking and advocacy efforts. They can contribute to the development of policies that promote LGBTQ inclusivity in healthcare settings and advocate for the allocation of resources to address the specific health needs of LGBTQ individuals. Collaboration with LGBTQ organizations also provides nurses with valuable networking opportunities, which can further strengthen their role in policymaking. This political action aligns with the AACN Master’s Essentials, specifically Essential VI: “Health Policy and Advocacy.” This essential emphasizes the importance of nurses’ involvement in healthcare policy development and the advocacy for social justice and health equity. By collaborating with LGBTQ organizations, nurses are actively advocating for the improvement of healthcare policies for LGBTQ individuals and working towards achieving health equity.

Involvement in Policy Development and Implementation

The third political action nurses can take is to actively participate in policy development and implementation. Nurses can engage in legislative advocacy by supporting and promoting bills and policies that address the healthcare needs of LGBTQ individuals. This can involve contacting legislators, providing expert testimony, and actively participating in grassroots advocacy campaigns. Nurses can also serve on policy development committees at local, state, and national levels to contribute their perspective and expertise. Furthermore, nurses can play a crucial role in implementing policies by ensuring their effective implementation in healthcare settings. This can involve providing training to healthcare professionals, monitoring compliance with policies, and advocating for necessary resources to support policy implementation. This political action aligns with the AACN Master’s Essentials, specifically Essential VIII: “Clinical Prevention and Population Health.” This essential emphasizes the importance of nurses’ role in promoting population health, which includes addressing health disparities and promoting health equity. By actively participating in policy development and implementation, nurses are working towards improving the health outcomes of LGBTQ individuals and addressing the health disparities they face.

Conclusion

In conclusion, nurses can strengthen their role in policymaking as it relates to advocacy for improving LGBTQ health by taking several political actions. These actions include advocating for education and training, collaborating with LGBTQ organizations, and actively participating in policy development and implementation. By implementing these actions, nurses can contribute to the improvement of healthcare policies and the promotion of health equity for LGBTQ individuals.