How can Nurses get Involved:
▪Being educated on issues that affect their practice
▪Attend Town Hall meetings
▪Encourage other nurses to get involved
▪Visit / email or call senators and representatives offices
▪Understanding basic government structure and responsibilities.
Nurses Advocating for their Patients
Nurses advocate for their patients on a regular basis by:
▪Speaking up on committees or councils on issues that ensures safety
▪Being a resource
▪Making patient care a priority
▪Vote on issues that affect healthcare
▪Supporting professional organizations that represent nurses.
▪Becoming a member of a professional nursing organization
What is the constitution
▪The United States Constitution is a written document that is held as the supreme law of the United States
▪The main purpose of the constitution is to create a government
▪It contains 3 articles: Legislative (article 1), Executive(article 2) , and Judiciary (article 3)
▪November of every even-numbered year
▪The primary election is held 10 weeks before the general election
▪The General Election to fill a:
▪Nation ▪State ▪County, or ▪District Office
▪Special Election can be called at any time of the year
▪Individuals who are overseas or out of state can do a vote-by-mail
▪The deadline to send ballots is 45 days before the election.
▪For domestic voters, the ballots should be sent 28 -35 days before the election
How to request a Vote-by-Mail Ballot
▪By telephone Deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot is no later than 5 pm
Check your state for exact date and time for voting and voting laws.
Early Voting Period
Early voting is approximately 8 days in Florida (may differ based on state law):
▪Primary Election: August 15 -22
▪General Election: October 24 – 31