The Legislators Project
Legislators control much of the funding for nursing education, research and residencies, as well as the rules that govern nursing practice, including the regulation of staffing levels, overtime, whistleblowers, and scope of practice. Unfortunately, many legislators do not seem to understand that nurses are highly skilled, autonomous science professionals who are critical to the future of health care. For example, despite that nurses form the largest body of health professionals, nursing research receives less than 1/2 of one percent of the National Instutues of Health budget in the US. The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) is the third worst-funded of the 27 NIH Institutes.
We would like to create a DVD for legislators explaining how valuable and cost-effective nursing is and how investing in it now could save millions of lives and billions or trillions of dollars. For example, the DVD could make clear how nurses can prevent hospitalization. The Coalition would disseminate it widely and have it for use as a tool when member organizations do in-person outreach to legislators. Please send us your interest in pursuing this project with us and your ideas for inclusion in the DVD by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.