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Advocacy Success Stories

Watch recorded interviews with real nurse advocates sharing stories from successful legislative, regulatory, and policy efforts.

In this section you'll learn:

  • How persistence and data passed legislation to save mothers

  • How to raise the value of nurses' services

  • How small policy changes can lead to global impact


Nursing advocacy success stories are powerful examples of how nurses can make a real difference in the lives of their patients and communities.

These stories showcase the critical role that nurses play in advocating for patients' rights and improving the quality of care in healthcare settings.

Whether it is advocating for a patient's right to quality healthcare, pushing for policy changes that benefit the nursing profession, or lobbying for legislation that improves healthcare outcomes for all, nurses are at the forefront of healthcare advocacy.

By sharing these success stories, we can inspire and motivate nurses to continue their advocacy work and demonstrate the critical impact that nurses can have in creating positive change in the healthcare system.


How Legislation Improved Perinatal and Maternal Outcomes

Guest: Holly Smith, Health Policy Chair at California Nurse-Midwives Association

Host: Rachel Viale, 2023 Fellow

2023 Advocacy Institute Fellow Rachael Viale interviews Holly Smith, Health Policy Chair for the California Nurse-Midwives Association (CNMA), about SB 1237 (Dodd) regarding physician supervision of nurse-midwives.

California was the last of three states in the country facing this hurdle - a contentious topic since before the 1950s. Impacts on perinatal outcomes, both geographically (rural communities) and ethnically (black maternal health), were realized, researched, and recorded.

This drove support for nurse-midwives to fill a gap in physician-delivered care. CNMA and coalition partners, including ANA\California included, were able to successfully advance and pass SB 1237 (Dodd).