Civic Engagement and Nursing Education

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Significant declines in indicators of civic behavior identify Americans’ decreased connectedness to each other, their communities, and participation in the process of government and solving problems together. Universities across the United States are working to revitalize college students’ involvement in the processes of democracy. This move to increase students’ engagement in their communities and nation has implications for nursing education and the profession. Nurse educators are advised to use experiential learning to teach skills of civic engagement, political advocacy, and policymaking and to be role models and mentors to foster the growth of nurse citizens in the profession.

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