Meeting a State Representative to Promote Advance Nurse Practitioner’s Role
Chamberlain School of Nursing
NR:506 Health Care Policy
February 10, 2013
Affordable healthcare can enable Americans to live longer, lead more healthy lives and improve their economic potential (Hope Street, 2008). Changes in the healthcare system have been slow in comparison to the areas of industry in the twenty first century. With the passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2012, there is an opportunity to seek a healthier American in advancing preventive healthcare. Our advances in healthcare have been outstanding but the area of providing affordable and accessible healthcare leaves us behind many others nations. This paper will discuss the plan of a visit with State Representative Steven Moscowitz, highlight the importance of expanding the advanced nurse practitioner role, and provide empirical evidence to support this worthy initiative. The goals of ACA are to decrease the amount of uninsured Americans and reduce the cost of healthcare. According to researchers, approximately 75% of chronic illness stems from preventable health conditions (Center for Medicare and Medicaid, 2012). This strengthens the need for a more effective healthcare system where people are able to seek medical guidance and coaching on healthy lifestyles.
In arranging a meeting with a government official, it is important to conduct research on the area of interest as well as the person the meeting will be conducted with. In this case, Representative Jared E Moskowitz-D of Coral Springs is the government official I will arrange a meeting with. According to Representative Moskowitz website (myfloridahouse.org) he was elected in 2012 and has lived in Florida for over thirty years. Additional information revealed that he is associated with Ashbritt Environmental as a director of Government Relations and General Counsel. He is actively involved as a Health and Human Service Access Subcommittee. Representative Moskowitz has held a political office within the State of Florida since 2006 starting as a city commissioner and was born in Coral Springs, Florida. This information will allow a note of familiarity as I have been a resident since 1971, which allows conversation pertaining to the development of the City of Coral Springs. This information is important when establishing a discussion as you need to know not only what you are passionate about (advancing role of ANP’s) but also the Representative’s own history and interest he may have. It will help in “breaking the ice”, at the beginning of the meeting. After I contacted Rep Moskowitz’s office and explained my reason for wanting an audience with him thru his legislative assistant (Ayden Maher), I was given a date of March 7, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. In preparing for a meeting, it is important to work on presentation skills prior to the meeting (Beagrie & Thacker, 2007). Poise, speaking confidently and altering the pitch of your voice will help captivate the audience. Equally important is projecting a positive outlook and persona and encouraging discussion during the meeting which will assist in capturing the attention of the listener. Since Rep. Moskowitz is involved in Healthcare Appropriations Subcommittee it is crucial that all information is evidence-based or the meeting may come to a halt and end unsuccessfully. I did not find it difficult to obtain an audience with the Rep. Moskowitz as he attended school with my oldest daughter. I am also active in the Florida Hospital Association and have been able to develop relationships with other key members in the hospital setting as well as the government sector. Networking is a key component in opening doors of communication when requesting an audience with a politician. Key Strategies
Nurse practitioners provide care of equivalent quality to physicians at a lower cost, while achieving high...