The power of many voices with one message.
Advocacy is simply the process of influencing people to create change. Its lifeblood is good strategic communications – educating people about a need and mobilizing them to meet it. Thousands of voices speaking independently can be ignored or dismissed. But by working together to deliver a message with one voice, nurses can make a real difference in the care patients receive and the health of our communities.
Legislators are elected officials who come from many walks of life with widely varying experience and knowledge of the health care system. You are the expert when it comes to the nursing profession and the health of your patients and communities. Policy makers care what you think. Your point of view is important to legislators as they craft the laws and regulations that affect your profession and patients.
The Delaware General Assembly is comprised of 21 Senators and 41 Representatives. In the 2018 election, there was one nurse, Melissa Minor-Brown (D) , elected to the House of Representatives.
The legislature convenes on the second Tuesday of January and meets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until June 30 of each year.
A General Assembly meets for 2 years, the first year being the first session and the second year being the second session. All bills carry over from the first year to the second year. Legislation not passed by the end of the second session is not carried over to the next General Assembly.
Effectively Connect with Legislators
Direct communication with decision-makers can be a powerful, cost-effective advocacy tool. This may be done through letters, telephone calls, and emails – but personal meetings are often the most effective way to communicate.
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