Nurses have been named, for the sixteenth consecutive year, as the most honest and ethical profession in the United States. We have a well-deserved reputation of being trustworthy. Part of this status has been earned by our long history of supporting the health and wellness of individuals and communities. It's part of our vocational DNA to speak up for the benefit of others, whether they are patients, communities, or populations.
The current edition of NAQ is all about Advocacy. Guest Editors Mary O'Connor and Kelly Espinoza have compiled a stellar collection of articles depicting nurse advocacy across the country. I hope perusing them will give you the same pride I felt, when I first read the manuscripts. You might also gain new ideas about how you and your teams can take even more actions in support of others.
As nurses and leaders, we should be proud of the trust that the public places in us. We will continue to be worthy of that trust through persisting in ethical behavior, honesty, and advocacy.
Thanks for Choosing to Lead,
Kathleen Sanford, DBA, RN, FACHE, FAAN