Laura Pohl and Nicole Ineson presented their experiences with advocacy they encountered during the pre-meeting for the New Hampshire Nurses Association Annual Meeting in December. The students applied theoretical concepts about nursing advocacy during their Leadership course. Laura discussed how her attendance at a community meeting to discuss the merger of Granite One with Dartmouth Hitchcock sparked her interest in advocacy. Her key takeaway was that no nurses were at the table or included in panelists, yet the decisions being made profoundly impacted nurses directly. Laura wrote an advocacy letter the New Hampshire Director of Charitable Trusts who is overseeing the merger; expressing her concern about the need for safe staffing for nurses across these facilities. Nicole discussed her interests in creating a uniform competency training for burn care after discovering that standards or care varied within different healthcare systems. She wrote an opinion editorial to the American Journal of Nursing which will be published in an upcoming issue.
Congratulations Laura and Nicole.