Advocating for Public Health

Sinclair School of Nursing (SSON) undergraduate students and faculty met with state legislators to advocate for the state’s public health. Traditional and accelerated BSN students from the Nursing in Communities class traveled to Jefferson City for the Missouri Nurses Association’s Nurse Advocacy Day. 

The annual Advocacy Day is a chance for students to learn more about and participate in the legislative process. In the weeks leading up to the day, students identified their representatives and researched upcoming health care bills, including a bill that would relax the barriers on nurse practitioners’ practice, a motorcycle helmet law and a bill that would prohibit minors using tanning beds. 

Once there, students met with their representatives and explained their research. Accelerated student Gabriel Porter met with Scott Sifton to discuss Senate Bill 646, which enacts provisions relating to advanced practice registered nurses.

“It was an amazing experience,” he says. “He asked us a lot of questions and seemed really engaged in the conversation.”

To view pictures from Advocacy Day, visit our Facebook page.