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Professional Development in Healthcare Policy Making

The spectrum of political competencies

The Political Competencies spectrum involves a wide range of activities that nurses can draw to impact on health care and health. The spectrum demonstrates the variety and spectrum of competencies ranging from the novice ones to the highly sophisticated levels such as being in charge of the elective office. My level in the spectrum of Political Competencies is still on the novice activities. Being a member of the community nursing, I get involved in a wide range of activities such as writing letters to the editor or local magazines and newspapers, writing letters to the local policymakers and legislations. I am also an active participant in the social -network group forums and discussions (Mason, et. al, 2016). I make calls to radio talk shows, and provide my comments on blogs for health policy. I participate in volunteer activities that serve the community. I am part of health campaign programs and rallies. In these community programs, I take part in public speaking hearings. These are some of the local activities which I am involved in influencing decisions (Mason, Gardner, & O’Grady, 2016).

The healthcare issue that is my concern is the issue of patient safety about safe staffing of healthcare professionals. In ensuring the success of this health issue, I have to be at a much higher level of my political competencies spectrum so as to have a greater political impact on this issue. The highly sophisticated political skills are the necessity for obtaining political appointments, attaining organizational leadership and searching for an elective office. To attain such skills, I have to improve my clinical roles since they have a direct impact on paid political positions and influential policy roles (Mason, et. al, 2016).

For instance being in an elective office I can become a much more effective advocate than I am in my present position (Buresh, and Gordon, 2013). The elective office position will enable me to set priorities, be involved in the collaboration, resolving conflicts, communications, leadership, and holding a conversation of difficult social and health issues. At an advanced political level, my skills will be to manage and run an elective office. I will also be able to get a political appointment with the policy makers. I will also provide expert knowledge; hosts radio and television broadcast, be in charge of events. I can also serve as a policy analyst and write newspaper columns on the healthcare issue of my priority on patient safety and staffing of healthcare workers. I will also be more influential to my policy issue since it will be easy to get an appointment with a committee or board members. I will also use this high position to write articles on the health issue of safe staffing as a means protecting patient’s safety and provide solutions to this problem. I will also be influential in managing political campaigns and by becoming a lobbyist. I will also respond to media interviews on the policy aspect at hand. Thus, as nurses, I have several opportunities no matter my educational level or my experiences in learning new skills that are necessary for me to contribute in assisting the populations and individuals (AACN, 2010).


American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2010) The Essentials of Master’s education for advanced nursing practice. Washington DC. AACN,

Buresh, B., and Gordon, S. (2013). From Silence to Voice: what nurses know and must communicate to the public. Ithaca, NY: ILR Press.

Mason, D, Gardner, D,  & O’Grady, E (2016). Political Competencies Politics and policy in Nursing and Healthcare (7th), 45 -45 1p.

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