ANA Commends Reps. Capps,Whitfield For Forming Congressional Nursing Caucus

  1. 03/25/03

    The American Nurses Association (ANA) has hailed the
    formation of a Congressional Nursing Caucus in the U.S.
    House of Representatives, calling it "a decisive step
    forward for Congress and a bold step in the right direction
    for nurses and their patients."

    Press release:
    http://www.nursingworld.org/pressrel/2003/pr0319.htm

    View photos:
    http://www.nursingworld.org/pressrel/2003/caucus.htm
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   oramar
    This is a really good thing isn't it.
  4. by   NRSKarenRN
    Our nursing muscle is just begining to be flexed.
  5. by   susanmary
    Let's hope that there are bedside nurses, ICU nurses, etc. -- those that are actively involved in the physical care that are able to provide input. Scholarly types, fine -- but we also need experienced nurses who can tell it like it is. We're putting out "fires" constantly -- nurses are leaving the fields in droves for better working conditions and benefits. Getting the government involved? Not sure even THAT will fix it.
  6. by   oramar
    Susanmary makes a good point. Suprised I didn't think to say it. Input from nurses at bedside, Diploma, ADN, BSN and LPN all important. Not only important but essential. Don't want to listen to daily pontificating from people who have no connection to real world. All of us have had enough of that.
  7. by   -jt
    Why sit back and wait and hope that there are other bedside nurses getting involved in this? If youre interested, just do it.

    The invitation to participate in the Congressional nursing caucus is open to ALL nurses. All nurses can impact Congress in this caucus by educating their elected representatives on their issues. Its up to those nurses who are interested in having their voice heard to take the initative. The forum is there. Once again, the next move is in the hands of staff nurses. They can choose to be involved or they can sit back & complain that bedside nurses arent there. Its up to them.

    <In early January, Reps. Capps and Whitfield sent a "Dear Colleague" to members of the House of Representatives inviting them to join the new caucus. In addition, Blakeney has urged ANA members to contact their elected representatives and encourage them to join the caucus. To date, the caucus has 56 members....>
    Last edit by -jt on Mar 27, '03
  8. by   oramar
    Thanks for the heads up -jt. I was wondering if contacting my representative would have an impact on this.
  9. by   pattyjo
    Karen: Is there a list available of those legislators who have already signed on to this caucus? Couldn't find one on ANA website or on search.
    Patty

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