A Message from Journal for Nurses in Professional Development (JNPD) Editorial Board Member Melanie Rainford, MSN, RN, NPD-BC
This month, the Journal for Nurses in Professional Development (JNPD) features an article on self-advocacy from our Sept/Oct 2021 issue. In the article, Durkin asserts self-advocacy as a necessary skill to be learned and developed. Advocating is most likely to be successful if you are able to connect your need to a meaningful outcome for leadership and the organization. Essentially, you would need to focus how getting what you want will demonstrate value to them (2021).
To best achieve a successful outcome, Durkin provides a number of recommendations. One of which is removing any emotional components from your proposal. Instead, gather data to support your concerns, as “leaders are not often persuaded by emotion; facts and data persuade them” (2021, p. 299). Also, forecasting potential oppositions may allow you to identify weak arguments in your proposal and gather data to address them in advance. Durkin suggests observing self-advocacy successes and opportunities of other individuals in your organization to bolster your strategies in negotiating with leadership (2021).
The last step is referred to as ‘playing the long game’ and includes being gently persistent and patient. At this time, you are attempting to respond to the actual reasons you’re being told ‘no,’ by gathering data and making a case for its importance (Durkin, 2021).
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Melanie Rainford MSN, RN, NPD-BC
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Journal for Nurses in Professional Development
Nursing Professional Development Specialist
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
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Durkin, G. J. (2021). Self-advocacy: How to get what you need and want. Journal for Nurses in Professional Development, 37(5), 299–300. doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000778