Public Comment: Nursing's Social Policy Statement

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The American Nurses Association (ANA) Congress on Nursing Practice and Economics (CNPE) is seeking comments on the revision of Nursing's Social Policy Statement which states:

This revision of Nursing’s Social Policy Statement describes the essence of the profession by incorporating and building upon earlier thinking and writings. This social policy statement serves as a resource to assist nurses in conceptualizing their practice and provides direction to educators, administrators, and researchers within nursing. This statement also informs other health professionals, legislators and other regulators, funding bodies, and the public about nursing’s social responsibility, accountability, and contribution to health care. The description of the social context of nursing creates the foundation for understanding the definition of nursing, appreciating the purpose and use of the scope and standards of nursing practice, and valuing the elements of professional, legal, and self regulation.

If you are interested in participating in this review, please download the draft Social Policy Statement (see pdf and word doc versions of statement below) and provide your comments to Dr. Bickford via e-mail at by 5:00pm EST on March 15, 2009.