Cannabis Nursing For Over A Decade: Advocacy, Challenges, and TriumphsNov 21, 2023
In our recent discussions within the High Aligned Tribe, the topic of cannabis nursing sparked a wave of enthusiasm and reflection. Over the last 12 years, nurses have been at the forefront of advocating for this unique and evolving field of healthcare. This journey has been one of dedication, passion, and at times, division, but the progress made is nothing short of remarkable.
The Early Days of Advocacy
For more than a decade, nurses have been tirelessly championing the cause of cannabis nursing. They recognized the potential of cannabis as a valuable tool in the healthcare arsenal, and their advocacy efforts were guided by a vision of improving patient well-being. During these years, nurses played a pivotal role in reshaping perceptions and policies surrounding medical cannabis.
A Divide in Opinions
As with any transformative movement, differences in opinion emerged, particularly among healthcare organizations and institutions. Some voiced skepticism, while others embraced the idea of cannabis nursing with open arms. These differences led to necessary debates, discussions, and the refinement of the path ahead.
Accomplishments and Recognition
Despite the challenges and divisions, there have been significant accomplishments on this journey. One of the most notable milestones is the recognition of cannabis nursing as a specialty by the American Nurses Association (ANA). This recognition not only acknowledges the importance of cannabis nursing but also paves the way for a more comprehensive understanding and acceptance of this field within the broader healthcare community.
A Wealth of Knowledge and Untold Stories
Throughout these years, a wealth of knowledge has been accumulated by the passionate nurses who have been trailblazing cannabis nursing. There are stories of patients finding relief, of nurses transforming their practice, and of groundbreaking research contributing to the evolving landscape of medical cannabis.
However, not all nurses have had the opportunity to share their stories and experiences. In our recent gathering, we had the privilege of giving a platform to one LPN who graciously shared her personal journey into cannabis nursing. Her story served as a testament to the incredible impact that dedicated nurses can have on the lives of their patients.
The Time to Embrace Cannabis Nursing
Now, more than ever, is the ideal time to embark on a career as a cannabis nurse. The tireless efforts of those who recognized a problem and took action have paved the way for a brighter future in this field. With increasing recognition, acceptance, and research, the opportunities for nurses in the realm of cannabis nursing are expanding.
As we reflect on the past 12 years of advocacy, challenges, and triumphs, it is evident that the path forward is clearer than ever. The journey of cannabis nursing is one of transformation, and nurses have been and continue to be at the forefront of this transformative movement. It is a movement driven by compassion, knowledge, and a commitment to improving the well-being of patients.
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