20-02-32 Clinical Topics: Political Will or Political Won't - Advocacy for Women's Health

23rd Annual Premier Women's Healthcare Virtual Conference

0.6 CE (NCC 5)

Individuals who did not register for the Conference can now purchase individual session recordings. Anyone who was registered for the Main Conference (October 16-17, 2020) will have access to all recordings, free of any additional charge, through November 15, 2021.



Heather Bradford MSN, CNM, FACNM

Assistant Program Director, NM/WHNP and WHNP Program

School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Georgetown University

Washington, DC 

Ella Heitzler PhD, WHNP-BC, RNC-OB

Assistant Professor

School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Georgetown University

Washington, DC  

Intended Audience:

Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners (WHNPs), WHNP students, Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) and other nurse practitioners and advanced practice clinicians who care for women.

 Activity Number:  20-02-32

 CE Approval Period:  Now through November 15, 2021

 Approved CE Credit Hours:  0.6 CE contact hour credits, zero hours pharmacology credit

 Accreditation Statement:

This activity has been evaluated and approved by the Continuing Education Approval Program of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health for 0.6 CE contact hours, zero hours of pharmacology content. 

 Program Description

Women’s health providers should be completely integrated throughout health systems with the ability to practice and fully provide care as they were educated, trained, and certified. Yet in many states, they struggle with policy and laws that limit their autonomy and ability to grow their workforce. 2020 is an election year and designated as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, providing an opportunity for advanced practice nurses to directly influence health policy through advocacy efforts. Political participation is addressed, but not a focus of, most graduate nursing education. Georgetown University, with its Jesuit values rooted in social justice, provides powerful student experiential learning regarding political advocacy. Since 2016, Georgetown graduate nursing students have engaged in mentored legislative advocacy efforts with their federal legislators’ offices in Washington, D.C. on topics such as scope of practice barriers in caring for opioid addicted women, the establishment or improvement of state maternal mortality review committees examining maternal death cases, and maternity care workforce shortage issues. Through this experiential learning assignment, students have the tools and knowledge to carry advocacy efforts forward and serve as change agents in their communities upon graduation. In learning effective techniques for advocacy during this session, many women’s health providers can also advocate for their profession and the women they serve. This presentation will describe the “how to” steps of legislative advocacy for any advanced practice nurse either on Capitol Hill or locally, highlighting the power of experiential learning advocacy efforts and their collective influence on women’s health policy.

 Educational Objectives:

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Learn effective techniques to influence maternal and women’s health policy at the federal level.
  • Consider innovative political participation learning activities that provide authentic experiences for clinicians and students.

 Faculty Disclosures:

Heather Bradford CNM, ARNP, FACNM has no reported disclosures

Ella Heitzler PhD, WHNP-BC, FNP-BC, RNC-OB has no reported disclosures

 Successful Completion:

Successful completion of this activity requires the participant to:

  1. Read the educational objectives, disclosures and disclaimers.
  2. Watch the session recording
  3. Complete the session evaluation
  4. Print your CE certificate (the certificate will be stored on the NPWH E-Learning site under My Transcripts).
  5. These steps must be completed prior to the course expiration date
  6. Some courses required a post-test.  If a post test is required participants must earn a score of 70%.   

Therapeutic Disclosures:

Faculty members determine the content of the CE activity.  The content does not necessarily represent the views of NPWH.  Clinicians are responsible for evaluating information presented in relation to generally accepted standards of care and individual patient characteristics.

 Commercial Support: 

This activity has no commercial support

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20-02-32 Clinical Topics:  Political Will or Political Won't - Advocacy for Women's Health