Although experience can highlight issues, alone it does not offer sound solutions.

Nurses also need the ability to analyze these experiences so they can propose sound changes and persuade the elected officials and other gatekeepers to accept these changes.

These resources may include programs in local stores that offer significant cost savings in terms of pricing for prescription medications.

They need to develop skills that enable them to participate in the public policy process.

The following sections will give examples illustrating how nurses can develop and use their skills to advocate effectively in the community to persuade those in positions of power and authority to meet the needs of patients and their families.

Nurses can advocate for patients by sharing this information with their patients, and if necessary, persuading a specific pharmacy to match these prices for a patient, thus enabling patients to receive the medications they need.

Another example of how nurses can assist patients to overcome economic barriers to healthcare involves cancer care services.

These arenas include economic matters and the educational and healthcare systems.

The cost of healthcare continues to rise making it difficult, if not impossible for some patients to receive the care they need.In this article we will describe advocacy and provide examples of how nurses can advocate in the community, specifically in economic matters and the educational and healthcare systems.We will also describe the process for advocating in the legislative arena.Historically, from the time of Florence Nightingale, the nurse has been the person who has identified patient needs and sought ways to have these needs met.The many opportunities nurses have to observe first-hand the positives and negatives of the current healthcare system enable them to identify needs and concerns related to the care patients currently receive (or don’t receive).Additionally, nursing continues to be ranked highest among the various professions in terms of being the most trusted (Porter-O'Grady & Malloch, 2011).