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Wednesday April 23 , 2014

Journal of Trauma Nursing

The Journal of Trauma Nursing is the only peer reviewed journal dedicated to trauma nursing. It is the official publication of the Society of Trauma Nursing.
There will be six Issues of JTN in 2014!

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Have You Ever…?

…written to a Member of Congress to share your views?
…visited or called a Member of Congress?
…written to the media about a topic important to you?

Why does it matter?

Members of Congress at the State and National levels are elected to make decisions for their constituency, but they are not necessarily the authority on health related matters. As nurses, we are health professional experts and have a responsibility to educate and inform our elected officials in all things health related.

Elected officials need our expertise! I recently attended a Nurse’s Day at the Statehouse in my home state which included lunch with the legislators. One of these elected officials did not understand the difference between an LPN/LVN, RN, BSN and NP. It was a great opportunity to educate this legislator about nursing education and the critical need for educational funding in our profession.

For the last nine years, in Gallup’s annual survey of professions, nurses have been voted as the most trusted profession in America. In 2011, 81% of Americans believed nurses’ honesty and ethical standards are either “high” or “very high.” Legislators have a great amount of respect for nurses. They regard us as trustworthy, and believe that we understand the “big picture” of health issues. We are known to be on the side of patients, not profits.

Our legislators work for us. They value our expertise and admire our dedication to promoting health issues. Select an issue that is significant to you and reach out to your Member of Congress. It matters!

Terrie Stewart, RN, MSM
STN Legislative Committee Chair


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