Sheila Abood, 2007, Influencing Health Care in the Legislative Arena. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing. 2007 Jan 31;12(1):3. This is a MUST READ to begin to learn about nursing and legislative activity. There is a good overview of how to become an advocate and why nurses need to be involved in shaping policy that impacts nurses and the public.

Maryland, M.A. & Gonzalez, R.I., January 31, 2012, Patient Advocacy in the Community and Legislative Arena. OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing Vol.17 No. 1 Manuscript 2. The authors discuss what advocacy is, how to do that in the community and in the legislative arena. There is a conclusion that it is very important for nurses to be involved in policy. This article contains a review of the legislative process.

Kostas-Polston, E.A., Thanavaro, J., Arvidson, C., Morritt Taub, L., Advanced practice nursing: Shaping health through policy Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Volume 27, Issue 1, January 2015, Pages: 11–20. The purpose of this article is to highlight the importance of advanced practice nurses (APNs) becoming politically engaged as key to promoting the healthcare interests of patients, communities and the profession and to offer specific strategies on how to become politically competent. DOI: 10.1002/2327-6924.12192

Warner, J.R. May 2003, A Phenomenological Approach to Political Competence: Stories of Nurse Activists. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, Vol 4, No 2, 135-143. Interviews with six politically experienced nurses identified common themes: nursing expertise as value, networking leads to opportunities, powerful persuasion, being committed to collective nursing strength, having strategic perspectives and persevering. Traits identified by these nursing policy experts are ones that are present in many nurses in their day to day functions. DOI: 10.1177/1527154403251855

Gutchsell, V., Idzik, S., & Lazear, J., April 2014, An Evidence-based path to removing APRN practice Barriers. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 10 (4), 255-261. Changes in scope of practice are needing to be made on a state by state basis for APRNs to be able to practice to the full extent of their education and training. There are three components that combine to create a window of opportunity for policy change. The problem stream is lack of ability to practice fully. The policy stream includes the IOM report, state coalitions and national organizations which support the change. The political stream includes influences for and against the change.