Advocacy Days is FNA’s annual event that empowers nurses to make a stand when it comes to legislative issues that affect our profession and the well-being of the patients we serve. Each Advocacy Days, we gather in Florida’s state capital during legislative session to equip ourselves with knowledge of current legislative issues and particular bills pertaining to healthcare and nursing. Once we've prepared ourselves with this knowledge and done some one-on-one practice, we embark in groups for one-on-one visits with our local legislators to discuss these issues. Advocacy Days is a great opportunity for both upcoming and seasoned nurses to get involved in advocacy work, regardless of whether they have prior experience in this realm or not.
Educational sessions equip you with knowledge about the legislative process and how legislation impacts the nursing profession and healthcare as a whole.
Role-playing exercises and group activities empower you to be more involved in the legislative process by engaging you with like-minded peers and teaching you how to effectively communicating about nursing issues.
Legislative appointments allow you to become an advocate for your profession by speaking directly with your local legislator regarding important issues.
Advocacy Days 101 webinar before the conference preps you for your visit to the state capital by giving you an idea of what to expect, including a conference overview and logistics, tips on navigating your legislative appointments, and an overview of what's expected of you as a representative of FNA.Click here to register for the webinar.
Home2Suites by Hilton
210 S Magnolia Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Call to book your room before February 18, 2019 and ask for the Florida Nurses Association rate.
Early registration will be held in the lobby of the Home2Suites on Tuesday night. A shuttle will be provided from the Home2Suites on Wednesday morning to the conference venue. You are welcome to stay at a different hotel of your choosing and provide your own transportation and parking for the event on Wednesday.
The conference sessions will be held at:
Florida State Conference Center
555 W Pensacola St.
Tallahassee, FL 32306
Parking is limited at the conference center. Shuttle will be provided to and from the conference center for Wednesday session. Transportation and parking are on your own for Thursday.
The legislative reception will be held on Wednesday night at 5:30pm at:
The DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton
101 S Adams St.
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Walking directions from the Capitol along with a map will be provided.
Legislative visits are the highlight of Advocacy Days. This is the part where you are given the opportunity to meet one-on-one with your local legislator or legislative aide to discuss nursing-related issues. Not sure what to say? Don't worry! You will be prepped ahead of time with talking points to use during those visits.
How it Works
Legislative visits are done in groups which are assigned based on your voting district.* Each group will have a leader who is usually (but not always) someone who has prior experience in advocacy work through past Advocacy Days or other legislative activities. The group leader's role is help facilitate the legislative visits by leading prep sessions, tracking appointments, and coordinating group members during the visits.
FNA staff and/or group leaders will attempt to schedule appointments prior to the start of the conference. Sometimes, it is not always possible to schedule appointments with particular legislators and in that case, groups may make drop-in visits to leave informational packets with the legislator's aide.
Before embarking on your legislative visits, you will work with your group to discuss the game plan for the day. This will give you an opportunity to determine each group member's role, what issues you want to discuss, and answer any questions you may have about the process.
When it's time to make your rounds, you and your fellow group members will navigate the busy halls of the Capitol to meet with your legislators and/or their aides. Remember, it is usually very busy at the Capitol during legislative session and it is easy to get stuck waiting on an elevator or get turned around in the maze of hallways. It's important to educate yourself prior to your visit about the layout of the buildings as well as to give yourself plenty of time between appointments to travel to the next office.
Legislative appointments, although optional, are a fun and exciting way to get more involved the legislative process that affects our lives and our patients' lives. Become and advocate for your profession by joining your peers during these visits.
*Sometimes participants prefer to be put into a group other than the one for their voting district (e.g., instructor with students). We can make special arrangements for these situations. Please let us know if you have a specific group preference on your registration form.
We are now accepting 2019 BLI Advocacy Days Scholarship applications.
The Barbara Lumpkin Institute is proud to provide scholarships to support FNA members to attend Advocacy Days. The purpose of the Barbara Lumpkin Institute is to educate nurses about public policy and to increase involvement by nurses in legislation action and advocacy.
Recipients of the scholarship will receive waived registration for the conference and $250 in funds which may be used for travel and lodging for the event. Recipients will be asked to write a short piece about their experience for The Florida Nurse.
Use the link below to download the application form. Please complete the form and submit to Leslie Homsted at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 407-896-9042 by Friday, January 25, 2019. Scholarship recipient winners will be notified on Wednesday February 6, 2019.