Featured Resource: Advocacy Tools

Brought to you by the Council for Mental Health Advocacy

Have you ever wanted to speak out about the issues affecting you or your patients?   Kathryn E. Brotzge, MSN, APRN, NP – Chair of the APNA Council for Mental Health Advocacy wants you to know that the tools to help you do just that are right at your fingertips.  And it’s not as complicated as you might think. “Being an advocate can be a daunting task,” says Brotzge. “Through the APNA Council for Mental Health Advocacy, I have learned different ways to be an advocate.”

What you’ll find on the council’s advocacy tools page:

  • Who you should contact on Capitol Hill and how to do it.
  • Tips for formulating your message and a template example letter.
  • How to access the American Nurses Association Policy and Advocacy pages through your Digital Membership with ANA, included with APNA membership.
"This is another important way to support our patients and our peers."

APNA, with input from the Council for Mental Health Advocacy, also sends emails to alert members of opportunities to be a voice for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing at the local and national levels. Emails include suggested talking points and template letters specific to the issue. This makes it easy to take action. Brotzge reminds us, “As psychiatric nurses, we advocate every day. This is another important way to support our patients and our peers.”

For advocacy in the broader arena of nursing, Brotzge recommends taking advantage of the resources and alerts available to you through the Digital Membership with ANA included in APNA membership: “[The ANA website] will give you choices of accessing current legislation (now Health Care Reform), Positions and Resolutions, Congress and Federal Agencies, the ANA PAC and more…It gives options on how to advocate, position statements and congressional testimony.”  She also recommends signing up for ANA’s Action Alerts. “This makes being active in communicating with your legislators very easy,” she says.

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