Is political Advocacy Ethical for Nurses

Andrea van der Hoek, BSN, BA, RN, CPEN; Liz Stokes, JD, MA, RN


Am Nurs Journal. 2020;15(7) 

In This Article

Abstract and Introduction


To: Ethics Inbox

From: Uneasy RN

Subject: Political advocacy

I recently saw a political ad featuring a nurse using her name and licensed credentials to support a particular candidate and his views on healthcare. I was instructed that nurses shouldn't make specific politician or policy endorsements. I know we have the right to free speech, but is using our credentials to advocate ethical? I'm considering the appropriate way to become involved in advocacy.