THERE ARE THREE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT IN USA.WHAT ROLES CAN NURSES PLAY IN GOVERNMENT?.

The government is set out with three branches- Legislative, Executive and Judiciary branch. There is a mechanism of checks and balances for each.The framers of the United States of America Constitution had a major objective which is the Separation of Power.

History shows a waning and waxing of the power of each branch over time,which will depend on the personality of the current occupants,Sociological factors ,and the global impacts. According to the Constitution each branch of the federal government has Separate and different functions and Powers. The main functions of the Legislative branch is to Enact law. Examples of their functions include coining money, define criminal offenses,declare war, set and collection of taxes,amend the constitution, overseas commerce etc.The Legislative branch are assumed to be closer to the people and are more vulnerable to changes through social and political pressures. The Executive branch major function is to adminster the law of the land.

So at the federal level Power is vested on the President who has various government departments and employees through bureaucracy systems,and carry out the Executive functions of the government. The President is the commander in Chief of the arm forces and with extensive power of appointments of judges to the bench,power to appoint ambassadors for various countries and heads of agencies. The President gives State of the Union address,recommend legislation and more importantly as a balance of power the president can approve or Veto the legislation of Congress.

The Judiciary branch: The major function of the Judiciary branch is Adjudication of Cases or Controversies on issues for example Rode vs Wade.The biggest Power of the Courts is to provide Judicial review over governmental activities to uphold the privileges of the Constitution.

The Supreme Court can review the decisions from the lower Courts, and the Supreme Court is the overall authority of the land. The balance of power among the three branches is highly important for effective functioning of the government. The United States government is organized at the federal, state and local levels.

Nurses can become involve in the Political process in various ways. They can be involved as a Nurse Citizen, as a Nurse activist or as a politician. Nurses bring the perspective of health care to the voting booth.Nurses are involved in activities of the Communities, and in Schools.

Nurses support Candidates who have plan to improve health care. Nurses are in Policy Making from Bedside nursing to the Boardroom. Nurses are everywhere. Nurses are involve in political activities such as Voting, Campaigning, Contacting and communicating with elected officials, Attending rallies, working on local and state issues. Some nurses are in Congress for example Congress woman Lauren Underwood,and Congress woman Eddie Bernice Johnson to mention a few.Nurses as politicians understand people and take advantages of their knowledge about people, their experiences as health care professionals and are able to communicate effectively with the people and assist in resolving critical issues on health care.

Published by edochie99

A Registered Nurse with over twenty years of hospital experience, an author with Masters Degree in Nursing,also Bachelor Degree in Nursing,graduated in 1996 from USC,University of Southern California.MSN in 2009 University of Phoenix.

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