Would you like an opportunity to advocate for nurses on legislation that affects nurses and healthcare? The Nurse of the Day Program gives you the opportunity to get involved in the legislative process by visiting with legislators, attending various committee meetings and assisting in the First Aid station at the State Capitol. Legislators don't always know what nurses really face and how their decisions directly affect real people - That means you and your patients. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to provide policymakers with first-hand information that will help them be better informed as they work to shape legislation for the state of Oklahoma.
This year, nurses can participate from February 6th to May 26th. Sign up to participate!
Have Your Voice Be Heard
Oklahoma Nurses Association’s Nurse of the Day program allows nurses to voice their thoughts and opinions on current legislation that affects nurses and healthcare. It's an effective advocacy tool for nurses to supply their expertise and insight to Oklahoma Legislators. The Nurse of the Day has the opportunity to get involved in the legislative process by visiting with legislators, attending various committee meetings and assisting in the First Aid station at the Capitol. This program is vital to protect and secure the Nursing profession. Legislators don't always know what nursing is like or how their bills can affect real people on the receiving end: nurses and patients. They rely on experts in the field, (like you!) to provide them with the information they need to vote on legislation.
To ensure as many nurses as possible get the opportunity to be Nurse of the Day at the Capitol, an individual is allowed to sign up for a maximum of two days per year.
What to Expect
Report to the Capitol for your shift from 8:30am-4:30pm with Monday shifts only running from noon to 4:30pm. The NOD dedicated parking spot is in the East lot, facing the Capitol and labeled "Nurse". You will report to the Medical Office, currently located on the ground floor, next to the gift shop.
The Nurse of the Day will be introduced on the chamber floor at the beginning of the session and presented with a personalized certificate of appreciation. During the legislative session, access to the chamber floor is reserved to a few privileged people, which includes the Nurse of the Day. This honor allows the Nurse of the Day one-on-one time with the legislators to discuss their views on current bills. Some of your duties may also include providing basic medical care. However, you will not be tied to the first aid station as there is a paid ER Nurse that oversees the care provided.
Face Coverings/Face Masks may be required to enter the Capitol. Legislators and staff are not required to wear face masks. Depending on COVID restrictions the Nurse of the Day may need an appointment to see legislators or you are encouraged to make appointments with Legislators you wish to talk with during the day.
Please do not bring anyone with you. Special accommodations have been made for you and you alone.
Special Dates Recognized
To be considered to serve in honor of Rebecca Anderson or Florence Nightingale, a short essay will be required.
On April 19, 1995 the Murrah Bombing in Oklahoma City occurred. The only nurse killed that day also happened to be the only organ donor from the tragedy. Her selfless donation saved three lives. To honor her, ONA is dedicating April 20, 2020 as "Rebecca Anderson Nurse of the Day". Remember, April is Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Month. Tell this story to encourage more people to become donors.
May 12, 1820 is Florence Nightingale's birthday. Our "Nightingale Nurse of the Day" this year on May 12, 2023 serves to remind us of the Nightingale Pledge.