Advocacy Toolkit

Developed by the former Society of Pediatric Nurses Child Advocacy Committee, this toolkit is designed to engage all who care about children and their families in ongoing dialogue and action to improve the health and wellbeing of children and their families through advocacy and by influencing public policy.

The toolkit is a continuous work in progress. We hope the tool kit will provide you with basic information about advocacy, offer ideas and suggestions to develop your advocacy skills and empower you to make an even greater difference for children and families by expanding your advocacy work from the clinical health care setting to forums with your elected leaders.

We welcome your suggestions, ideas and participation. Please let us know how we can improve this tool kit and provide information and resources to enhance your advocacy work.

Yvonne M. Sterling, RN, PhD
Kathleen Van Allen, MSN, RN, CPN
Sallie Porter, PhD, DNP
Gregory Putman, MBA, RN
Child Advocacy Committee Members
March 2013

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Inside the Advocacy Toolkit:

SPN Child Advocacy Committee
Statement


Getting Started…
Turning Passion into Action


Key Terms


Key Child Health Advocacy/Policy
Issues


Health Insurance for Children and
Families


Using SPN Position Statements for
Pediatric Nursing Practice


Sharing Your
Expertise: How to
Communicate with
Legislators


Examples of
National Advocacy/Policy Programs/Organizations


Nursing and Medical Associations’ Child Health
Advocacy/Policy Websites


Additional Advocacy
and Health Policy Related References

Getting Started…

Increase your level of involvement in your workplace and in the profession.Join at least one committee in your organization or work setting. This will increase your knowledge and understanding of your organization, increase your visibility, and allow you to network with others. Join SPN and other professional organizations. Attend chapter meetings and volunteer for chapter or national committees and task forces.

Be efficient and effective. As you become involved in professional activities, be sure to effectively communicate with team members and follow through with your responsibilities. By doing so, you will garner the respect of others and you will gain a sense of pride and satisfaction.

Learn all you can about the organization and the people. Read more about the mission and vision of the organization and let these statements guide your nursing practice. This will help ensure your practice helps facilitate the success of your organization. Identify ways you can help to support the mission and vision of SPN at the chapter level. Seek out others within the organization that can help mentor you. Always remember the people who have helped you along the way and take the opportunity to thank them.

Be visible in the organization. Join committees, attend meetings and be an active participant. Volunteer to contribute an article to the organization’s newsletter.

Ask for help and advice. This will not be seen as a weakness, but rather an affirmation that you want to be the best you can be and are willing to learn and contribute.

Expand your personal and professional network. Your immediate family, friends and neighbors make up the core of your personal network. Peers and colleagues are your initial professional network. You can expand your network in person, online, within organizations, and in as many other places as you can.

Learn the rules of the game. Today’s healthcare and political arenas incorporate business principles and strategies. Examples of these strategies include: bartering, using the grapevine, using non-confrontational tactics and leverage, making connections, cultivating loyalty, seeking mentors and accepting risk.

Continue to develop yourself and your skills. Never stop learning. Take advantage of continuing education opportunities. Knowledge is power