Would you like an opportunity to advocate for nurses on legislation that affects nurses and health care? 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 5th to May 31st. 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 health care. 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 8:30 am - 4:30 pm with Monday shifts only running from 11:30 am - 4:30 pm.
As Nurse of the Day, you have a designated parking spot in the parking area just to the east of the Capitol. To reach the Nurse parking spot, you will enter the east parking lot where there is a card reader device. On the device is a button you will push. Tell the person who answers, you are the Nurse of the Day, and the arm will be raised. The dedicated parking space for the NOD is on the far-right row facing Lincoln Blvd. It is labeled 'Nurse'. If you have any trouble finding it, please look for the House of Representatives Sergeant (parked in the grey/silver or white van). You will enter the Capitol through the east entrance. The east doors read 'Elected Officials and Capitol Employees Only' but you are an invited guest and will enter here. This entrance is behind the bronze statue of The Guardian.
The Nurse of the Day will be introduced in the chambers of the Senate and the House of Representatives 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 to speak with the legislators. 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.
Please make plans to visit with your legislators during your day at the Capitol. It may be helpful to make an appointment. You will be introduced in both Chambers, please remember that you are a guest in their workplace so stay in area of your seat.
Do not come if you are sick or not feeling well. The First Aid Station does have hand sanitizer, as do other areas of the Capitol.
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 18, 2024, as "Rebecca Anderson 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 will be held on May 13, 2024, and will serve to remind us of the Nightingale Pledge.