Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Politics and policy: A role for nurses

Kelly Nestor, MSN, ANP-BC knows the importance of nursing having a seat at the policy table. And yes, politics does have a role in nursing. She is “walking her talk” – most recently as the College of Nursing’s delegate to the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association’s Congress in Harrisburg on April 16th and, several days before, presenting a poster “Political Participation of Registered Nurses: Development of the Concept” at the Western Institute of Nursing Conference held in Anaheim, Calif., April 10-13th.

Nestor is a clinical instructor in the Adult-Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Program and is pursuing her doctorate in health policy at the University of New Mexico. She lectures on palliative care and health policy issues. Nestor is an experienced adult nurse practitioner who sees patients in her long term care setting practice where she has been practicing for the last four years in conjunction with Western Mainline Medical Associates.