As nurses rise through the public health ranks, they bring the knowledge and experience they have acquired in the field back to the policy table with tangible results. Across the country, they are crafting and implementing innovative strategies to advance the health of the public. In some states and counties, nurse leaders are creating new paradigms that are transforming the ways in which governments carry out the business of public health.
Through a series of profiles, this brief illustrates the dramatic ways in which nurse leaders in policy-making positions are transforming public health at the county, state, and federal levels. The brief also looks at policy initiatives aimed at strengthening nursing leadership and facilitating nurse license portability.