Advocacy Certificate Program - Online Course

This course is available for FREE to Sigma Members.
This certificate program aims to develop nurses’ knowledge and skills in advocating for themselves as well as at the organizational, community, regional, or global levels.

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$200.00

Accreditation:  Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This course is available for FREE to Sigma Members.

This certificate program aims to develop nurses’ knowledge and skills in advocating for themselves as well as at the organizational, community, regional, or global levels. The future of nursing is informed by the lived experiences of nurses, educational preparation, and personal connection to social and professional issues that compel action. Globally, there are more than 29 million nurses in a career that is cited as the most trusted profession, positioning nurses to leverage their social capital to engage in advocacy. Nurses need advocacy skills beyond political advocacy.

Key Features:

This interactive program shows the learner how advocacy shifts from micro to macro levels – from patient advocacy to policy change. Content includes evidence-based frameworks, self-assessment and reflection exercises, leadership development, and interviews with people sharing lived experiences. All four modules thread black maternal child health as one example within the advocacy context of social equality, however the content and framework provided applies to all contexts of advocacy (e.g. geopolitical, economic, technological, artificial intelligence, etc). This program also features a Learner’s Reflection Guide which learners can utilize for self-reflection and personal/professional growth as they begin their advocacy journey.

Accessibility Tools
The following accessibility tools are available for use in this program: Closed Captions and Keyboard-Only Navigation.

Learning Outcomes:

Course 1
Nurse Advocacy Stage 1 - Awakening

After participating in this course, learners will be able to:

  1. Define advocacy and describe opportunities to become a nurse advocate
  2. Identify skills used and necessary to engage in advocacy to reflect on your own strengths and weaknesses
  3. List the stages of nurse advocacy self-development and describe opportunities within each stage
  4. Identify potential challenges and facilitators to advocacy

Course 2
Nurse Advocacy Stage 2 - Engaging with Coalitions

After participating in this course, learners will be able to:

  1. Define Coalition
  2. Discuss coalition work from a patient and organizational level up to state and national policy level
  3. List activities that support coalition efforts
  4. Differentiate productive coalition strategies and potential failures

Course 3
Nurse Advocacy Stage 3 - Organizational Engagement

After participating in this course, learners will be able to:

  1. Discuss the roles formal coalitions play in advancing advocacy and policy work
  2. Describe the role nursing organizations play in advocacy and policy work
  3. List advocacy activities to help promote formal policy recommendations
  4. Describe the importance of advocacy to address social determinates of health

Course 4
Nurse Advocacy Stage 4 - Global Impact

After participating in this course, learners will be able to:

  1. Describe the role nurses and professional organizations play at a global level to help address social determinants
  2. List strategies that lead to power building and explain why it is important to nursing
  3. Describe approaches you can use to lead nursing advocacy efforts at a global level

Author Biography:

Wanda Montalvo, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dr. Wanda Montalvo is an innovative leader who is an ally, advocate, and convener of diverse stakeholders to address pressing health issues informed by applied science and program design. She has numerous awards and publications, served in several leadership roles and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Montalvo has extensive experience leading national initiatives to address health disparities, advocating to increase programming and funding for programming serving vulnerable populations. Montalvo served as adjunct faculty for health policy curriculum. Her course content is informed by research and evidence-based frameworks.

Content Reviewer Biography:

Siobhan O’Halloran, PhD, MSC, FFNMRCSI, BNS, RNT, RGN, RNID
Dr. Siobhan O’Halloran is a retired Government Chief Nursing Officer in Ireland. She has held numerous leadership roles in policy, academia, and management over a 40-year career span. She is well published both nationally and internationally.

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