Students Meet With State Legislators

One hundred sixty-eight senior BSN students from the traditional and accelerated options and ten faculty members attended the MONA Nurse Advocacy Day Tuesday, March 7 at the Capital in Jefferson City.  Students and faculty worked across the curriculum to develop advocacy skills and identify evidence to support or oppose upcoming legislation. 

The BSN faculty curriculum committee made the commitment as a faculty to prepare and support nursing students in a nurse advocacy event during their time at the SSON. The students prepared for Nurse Advocacy Day for weeks prior to the event by identifying evidence to support or oppose the upcoming health care bills.

Some of the bills addressed specifically were the Emergency 911 Bill, a texting and driving bill, the MO Health Net Structure bill and the Narcotics Control Act. Advocacy Days was an opportunity for the students to share their evidence and participate in the process of the “big voice.” The students were asked to identify their senator or state representative. In preparation, they were asked to identify an upcoming bill and oppose or support it, identify two main benefits, provide evidence to support their position, discuss the population and request an action.

While visiting the capital, 35 students were waiting for Sen. Caleb Rowden to finish his appointment with newly-appointed University of Missouri System President Mu Choi. Both President Choi and Sen. Rowden met with students for 20-30 minutes.