Ballou, K.A., August 2000, A Historical-Philosophical Analysis of the Professional Nurse Obligation to Participate in Sociopolitical Activities. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, Vol. 1 No. 3, 173-184. An issue for nurses related to sociopolitical involvement can be whether it is truly an expectation or need for the nursing profession. The author argues that the focus exclusively on care of the patient does not meet the need of society. Nursing provides care in the setting of social, economic, cultural, and political influences. Because of this sociopolitical activity is part of the professional expectation. doi:10.1177/152715440000100303 http://ppn.sagepub.com/content/1/3/172.abstract

Kathleen A. Ennen, December 2001, Shaping the Future of Practice through Political Activity: How Nurses can Influence Health Care Policy. AAOHN Journal, Vol. 49, No. 12, 557-569. Although this article is older, the information about why nurses need to care about policy continues to have validity. There is information about license and nurse practice acts and how legislative changes impact these critical nursing concerns. Abstract http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11806495

Falk, N., 2014, A Health Policy Resource Guide for Nurses. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, Vol. 4, No 5. A brief look at ways nurses can impact legislation that impacts public health and their practice. There are benefits for nurses of becoming involved in coalitions like the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. DOI: 10.3928/00220124-20140424-14

Kung, Y.M. & Lugo, N. R., 2013, Political advocacy and practice barriers: A survey of Florida APRNs. Journal of the America Association of Nurse Practitioners, Vol. 27, No. 3, 145-151. This study identified that high educational levels and professional membership are associated with increased political activism and appreciation of barriers to practice. It is important for APRNs to become politically active to support the recommendations for full practice. DOI: 10.1002/2327-6924.12142