AONE Nurse Fellows
As part of a year-long leadership development program, the American Organization of Nurse Executives' (AONE) 33 Nurse Manager Fellows were recently briefed on challenges facing America's hospitals in this critical election year.
Although the focus of the Nurse Manager Fellows program is to ensure the future vitality of nursing leadership, the fellows are also exposed to the political process and how it plays a vital role in their ability to provide safe, cost-effective and accessible care to patients. With the election less than 100 days away, the group was briefed on AHA's “We Care, We Vote” initiative and the challenges faced by their own health care facilities. The program began with an introduction to the political process and concluded with the importance of making their voices heard throughout the election cycle - from town hall meetings to personal visits to elected officials to voting on November 6.
This year's class of fellows brings together a cross section of emerging nursing leaders from 22 states with expertise in a multitude of nursing specialties. A requirement of the fellows program is to visit their elected officials' Washington, DC, offices to meet and discuss health care issues that are affecting their nursing practice and their patients. The “We Care, We Vote” initiative offers the perfect opportunity for these young nurses to educate their elected officials and to share the daily challenges they personally face caring for complex patients in the acute-care setting. Questions from the fellows showed that they share a deep commitment to their patients and a real desire to make sure that those seeking elective office understand how important it is that hospitals and the patients they serve have the resources that they need now and into the future.
For more information about the “We Care, We Vote” initiative, or for help planning any of these activities, please contact AHA Member Relations at 1 (800) 424-4301 or firstname.lastname@example.org.