I am in Arlington, Virginia attending the inaugural Membership Assembly meeting of the American Nurses Association. I am meeting wonderful, caring, professional nurses from all over the country. I was privileged go to the Capitol and with the staff of Senators Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch to discuss health issues.We talked about the importance of safe staffing in hospitals, and about expanding the role of nurse practitioners. It was exciting stuff, and I was reminded how vital it is for all of us to get involved with our lawmakers to ensure our best possible health outcomes. Get familiar with your national and local legislators and make a difference in your health and the health of our communities. They won’t know how to vote unless they hear from you. We can do this together!