The ONA Workplace Advocacy Initiative is a planned, organized system of services designed to address practice challenges facing today's nurses and provide them with consulting and tools to help resolve workplace problems and concerns.
This initiative, known as the Oklahoma Nurses Association C.A.R.E.S Program (Consulting for Advocacy, Rights, Empowerment & Services) places an emphasis on empowering nurses to advocate for themselves. We are working to ensure that nurses have resources available to them 24/7, as well as a workplace consultant to assist them in advocating for themselves. Our goal with this program is to develop nurses who are educated on their options, skilled in avoiding common workplace conflicts, and fully supported in presenting concerns and speaking up for their rights.
What Causes Workplace Issues for Nurses?
While there are many issues, and many contributing factors, we think the root cause for nurse frustration is the inability to resolve professional practice issues satisfactorily within the organization. Most common issues can be resolved by taking concerns through the chain of command. When that chain of command breaks down, ONA C.A.R.E.S is here to help get you back on track to resolving your problem.
The Workplace Advocacy Initiative is an ONA member benefit that is here for you should the need arise. The profession of nursing is complex and challenging enough, without adding the stress of unresolved workplace conflict. Know your rights and let ONA help you to advocate in a professional way. Through these services and education, we will empower you to resolve your workplace issue. ONA CARES - About YOU.
Strive to Overcome Workplace Issues Before They Start.
Before working with the C.A.R.E.S program, empower yourself to spot potential workplace pitfalls ahead of time and defend yourself by understanding your rights and exactly what your employer expects from you. Here are some basic proactive strategies to set the tone for a healthy workplace environment.
A = Accountability
B = Build Bridges
C = Communicate
D = Develop Your Skills