Fellowships in nursing can vary from programs that center on clinical care specialties to management and administrative roles. These focused initiatives provide the hands-on experience and comprehensive training needed to develop a specialized nursing skill.
The American Nurses Foundation (ANF), the charitable and philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association (ANA), recently announced a new Washington-based fellowship focused on maximizing the nurse's role in policymaking, and engaging and fostering nurses’ policy activism.
The program was inspired by the book, Nurses Making Policy: From Bedside to Boardroom, by editors, Rebecca M. Patton, MSN, RN, CNOR, FAAN, Margarete L. Zalon, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN, and Ruth Ludwick, PhD, RN-BC, CNS, FAAN.
“The fellowship fund will ensure that nursing influence through policy development extends to every level of government—including the Executive Branch,” Patton said in a press release. She also challenges every nurse to support the fund and get involved in advocacy within their community. “It is an investment in our future as nurses," Patton said. “We must ensure individual nurses can participate in policy discussions and decisions.”
“The future is in our hands. It’s critical as nurses that we ensure our voices are part of every health care policy discussion," ANF Chair Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, PhD, RN, MBA, FAAN, said in the press release. “The fellowship fund will help enable that to happen if nurses support it.”
ANF's new Public Policy Fellowship Fund is being launched with contributions from nurse leaders and the editors’ royalties. More than $25,000 has already been contributed thus far. If you'd like to contribute, go to www.givetonursing.org.
ANF also promotes nursing through its annual Honor a Nurse campaign, sponsored by Lippincott Solutions. ANF wants to make sure nurses know they are respected, valued, and recognized for the heroic work they do every day for patients and their families. To honor a nurse, make a donation, and enter the Nurse of the Year contest, go to www.lippincottsolutions.com/landing/HonorANurse.