What's being done to help nurses? NOTHING!

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    From http://thomas.loc.gov/ (THANK YOU, Karen, for the link)!!

    From the 107th Congress:

    H. R. 822, Medicare Certified Registered Nurse First Assistant Direct Reimbursement Act of 2001 (Introduced in House), To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage under the Medicare Program for surgical first assisting services of certified registered nurse first assistants stalled in subcommittee since 3/14/2001

    S. 1585, Hospital-Based Nursing Initiative Act of 2001 (Introduced in Senate), To establish grant and scholarship programs to enable hospitals to retain and further educate their nursing staffs. stalled in subcommittee since 10/30/2001

    S. 1686, Safe Nursing and Patient Care Act of 2001 (Introduced in Senate), To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for patient protection by limiting the number of mandatory overtime hours a nurse may be required to work in certain providers of services to which payments are made under the medicare program. stalled in subcommittee since 11/14/2001

    H. R. 3238, Safe Nursing and Patient Care Act of 2001 (Introduced in House), To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for patient protection by limiting the number of mandatory overtime hours a nurse may be required to work in certain providers of services to which payments are made under the Medicare Program. stalled in subcommittee since 11/14/2001

    H. R. 3594, Medicaid Nursing Incentive Act of 2001 (Introduced in House), To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to improve access to advanced practice nurses under the Medicaid Program. stalled in subcommittee since 12/28/2001

    H. R. 3589, To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to eligible entities to implement and evaluate demonstrations of models and best practices in nursing care and to develop innovative strategies for retention of professional nurses. stalled in subcommittee since 12/28/2001

    H. R. 1897, Nurse of Tomorrow Act of 2001 (Introduced in House), To amend the Public Health Service Act and the Internal Revenue Code to help solve the worsening shortage of registered nurses in hospitals and continuing care settings, and for other purposes.
    stalled in subcommittee since 6/1/2001

    H. R. 4715, Nursing Home Staffing Improvement Act of 2002 (Introduced in House), To amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to establish minimum requirements for nurse staffing in nursing facilities receiving payments under the Medicare or Medicaid Program. stalled in subcommittee since 6/3/2002

    H. R. 5576, Department of Veterans Affairs Nurse Preceptor Pilot Program Act (Introduced in House), To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for a pilot program to be conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs to assess the benefits of establishing a nurse preceptor program. stalled in subcommittee since 10/8/2002

    S.1188, A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to enhance the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to recruit and retain qualified nurses for the Veterans Health Administration, and for other purposes. stalled at Congress calendar since 10/10/2001 Senate preparation for floor.

    H. R. 3602, Certified Nurse Midwifery Medicare Services Act of 2001 (Introduced in House), To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for reimbursement of certified midwife services, to provide for more equitable reimbursement rates for certified nurse -midwife services, and for other purposes. stalled in subcommittee since 12/28/2001

    S. CON. RES. 5, Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the United States Army Nurse Corps. stalled in subcommittee since 1/30/2001

    H.R.3487, Nurse Reinvestment Act (Enrolled as Agreed to or Passed by Both House and Senate), To amend the Public Health Service Act with respect to health professions programs regarding the field of nursing. 8/1/2002 Became Public Law No: 107-205.

    S. 863, Patient Safety Act of 2001 (Introduced in Senate), To require medicare providers to disclose publicly staffing and performance in order to promote improved consumer information and choice. stalled in subcommittee since 5/10/2001

    S. 3008, Teacher and Nurse Support Act of 2002 (Introduced in Senate), To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to expand the loan forgiveness and loan cancellation programs for teachers, to provide loan forgiveness and loan cancellation programs for nurses, and for other purposes. stalled in subcommittee since 9/26/2002

    H. R. 4654, Nurse Retention and Quality of Care Act of 2002 (Introduced in House), To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide programs to improve nurse retention, the nursing workplace, and the quality of care. stalled in subcommittee since 5/17/2002

    H.R.5565, Senior Safety Protection Act of 2002 (Introduced in House), To amend the Social Security Act with respect to the employment of persons with criminal backgrounds by long-term care providers. stalled in subcommittee since 10/7/2002

    H. R. 3331, Quality Care for Nursing Home Patients Act of 2001 (Introduced in House), To amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to impose requirements with respect to staffing in nursing facilities receiving payments under the Medicare or Medicaid Program. stalled in subcommittee since 12/10/2001

    S.721, A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a Nurse Corps and recruitment and retention strategies to address the nursing shortage, and for other purposes. stalled in subcommittee since 11/1/2001

    S. RES. 314, Expressing the sense of the Senate that a commemorative postage stamp should be issued commemorating registered nurses. stalled in subcommittee since 9/25/2002

    S. 53, To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage of services provided by nursing school clinics under State Medicaid programs. (Introduced in Senate). stalled in subcommittee since 1/22/2001

    S. 728, Medicare and Medicaid Nursing Services Quality Improvement Act of 2001 (Introduced in Senate), To establish a demonstration project to waive certain nurse aide training requirements for specially trained individuals who perform certain specific tasks in nursing facilities participating in the medicare or medicaid programs, and to conditionally authorize the use of resident assistants in such nursing facilities. stalled in subcommittee since 4/6/2001

    S.1054 , A bill to amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to prevent abuse of recipients of long-term care services under the Medicare and Medicaid programs. stalled in subcommittee since 6/14/2001

    This is a partial list of bills in the 107th session of Congress. I found 50 bills introduced to benefit nurses and patients by doing a search on the keyword "nurse." There may be other bills. As I finish looking at the history of these bills, I can tell you honestly that my hands are shaking and tears are running down my face. I have never felt so disheartened about the nursing profession.

    At this time of a severe crisis for nurses and patients, it seems that the only bill to pass Congress during this session was to provide funds to educate more nurses, and to produce Public Service Announcements ABOUT nurses. No bills to relieve the terrible conditions that causes the deaths of our patients, or to give us the most meager hope for the future of our profession. If you find this list as heinous and callously negligent to this crisis as I have today, I urge EVERY nurse, right this minute, TODAY, to write and phone your Senators and Congressman to express your disgust over their apparent disinterest to our profession. Too many bills, all of them, have entered the no-man's land of being referred to committees.

    Please do not ever utter one more word of discontent about the nursing profession unless you have done that one little thing. WRITE YOUR SENATORS AND CONGRESSMAN TODAY.

    Here is how to find out who your Congressman are:
    http://www.congress.org/

    Here's how to find out who your Representatives are:
    http://www.house.gov/writerep/

    Here's how to find out your Senators:
    http://www.senate.gov/contacting/index_by_state.cfm

    My God! Not a single bill passed to help us. We didn't even get the postage stamp.
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    Thanks for your research, Youda. In most states, you can type an e-mail to your senators and representatives without even having to send an actual letter. I just did it. It took 10 minutes of my time to send an e-mail message to both of my senators and my House Representative, using the links that Youda listed. I encourage you all to do the same. My Dad used to encourage me to vote in every election (even the Primaries, that a lot of people blow off), because he said that you can't complain about what the government does to you if you don't make your wishes known. The same applies here. We can be a powerful force, and we CAN change our future if we do it together!!!!!!!!!!
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    Thank you, OB!
    I've heard debate on many of these bills and why some of them stalled. Individually, the flaws or problems with the bills can be explained. It's the PATTERN that I find so disturbing.

    It's the sudden understanding that our legislature is very much aware of the problems. But, they do nothing. NOTHING! They let these bills die in committee, never to be heard of again.

    To paraphrase Shakespeare said, "Something is rotten in Congress."
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    If most of these bills are stalled in the House, you can thank the Republican chair of the committee/ sub committee where they are stalled. Has anyone checked to see if they are stalled in the same committee?
    Find out if your represenative supports/sponsors these bills or is helping to keep them stalled. If they are not in support of these bills then let them know they won't be receiving your vote in November. In fact let them know you will vote for their opponent.
    All the House members are up for re-election, so they should listen.
    BUT CASTING YOUR VOTE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT obligation you have as a citizen. It truly is. And this is definetly use it or lose it time.
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    just to let you know Youda, NURSES actually WROTE those bills, lobbied for sponsors for them & got them into the committees to begin the process of becoming law. Now, MORE nurses have to step up the pressure on the elected legislators who are in those committees to get on with it. We've done half the work already. Now the rest have to quittheir*****ing & start dialing or typing..... because there are OTHER groups out there doing exactly that - but THEY are telling these committee members why they SHOULDNT pass the bills.

    All 435 members of the House of Representatives is up for re-election this year as are a good number of Congressional Senators. Nurses have to take 2 seconds to send an email telling their represntatives that if they want their VOTE, they will have to show their committment to nurses. And sign it with your title after your name.

    For those who dont have the time to compose their own quick letter, the ANA website has sample messages on each of those bills. Go to http://nursingworld.org/gova/federal/gfederal.htm
    scroll down to Legsilative Activity and click on the Ffact Sheet for each item. The sample Message to Congress will be there, along with more fact info to help you elaborate in your letter if you so choose. So easy. All we have to do is copy, paste & send.

    BTW, all of the following have provisions for addressing working conditions and retention, and for facilitiating workplace improvements:

    S. 1686, Safe Nursing and Patient Care Act of 2001 (written by NYSNA RNs)
    H. R. 3238, Safe Nursing and Patient Care Act of 2001
    H. R. 4715, Nursing Home Staffing Improvement Act of 2002
    H.R.3487, Nurse Reinvestment Act (passed into law but needs $250 million in funding still to be approved by Congress before implementing)
    S. 863, Patient Safety Act of 2001
    H. R. 4654, Nurse Retention and Quality of Care Act of 2002
    H. R. 3331, Quality Care for Nursing Home Patients Act of 2001
    Last edit by -jt on Oct 20, '02
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    I just did the same as OB/GYN NP. Thanks for the info, Youda. -- D
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    <<<<
    Washington Watch
    American Journal of Nursing - April, 2002 - Volume 102, Issue 4

    Assessing Nursing’s Legislative Progress
    At the 107th Congress, the ANA takes on the nursing shortage and mandatory overtime.

    By Rose Iris Gonzalez, MPS, RN

    During the first session of the 107th Congress, which ended December 20, 2001, the ANA implemented a multi-prong strategy to address the nursing shortage and other staffing issues, with legislative remedies directed toward enhanced recruitment and retention, and improved working conditions for nurses.

    Throughout 2001, ANA leadership testified on the shortage and workplace issues before a number of key congressional committees, including the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), Subcommittee on Aging; the Senate Committee on Veteran’s Affairs; and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health. After September 11, the ANA provided testimony on the effects of the nursing shortage on emergency preparedness at a hearing of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. The common theme throughout all of the ANA testimony was a call to lawmakers to pass legislative measures to attract new nurses to the profession AND to enhance nurse retention by addressing poor work environments.

    As a result of this intense ANA lobbying and the support of nurses nationwide, both the House of Representatives and the Senate passed different versions of the Nurse Reinvestment Act (HR 3487 and S 1864) on December 20......Both bills provide authority for scholarships and loan repayments for nursing students, as well as funding for public service announcements to promote nursing as a career. In addition, the Senate bill contains provisions for grants to promote Magnet criteria and best practices in nursing administration, as well as funding for faculty development, career ladder programs, and stipends and other support for nursing students. (Magnet criteria are set forth by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program, which confers Magnet status on hospitals and long-term care facilities that place a high premium on nursing services.)

    [I]ed: [Magnet hospitals have improved work environments for their nursing staff, less turn-over of staff, higher staff satisfaction, and are desireable places where nurses want to work][/]

    PROHIBITING MANDATORY OVERTIME

    Also during the first half of the 107th Congress, the ANA persuaded lawmakers to address poor working conditions through legislation that would amend Medicare law to place strict limits on the use of mandatory overtime. This legislation, the Safe Nursing and Patient Care Act of 2001 (HR 3238), was introduced by Representatives Pete Stark (D-CA) and Steven LaTourette (R-OH) on November 6, 2001. Roughly a week later, a companion bill (S 1686) was introduced in the Senate by Senators Edward Kennedy (D-MA), John Kerry (D-MA), Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), Paul Wellstone (D-MN), and Harry Reid (D-NV).

    “This legislation would protect patients and nurses by prohibiting health care facilities from forcing exhausted nurses to work extra shifts, an unsafe practice that puts both patients and nurses at risk,” Foley said.

    As the second session of the 107th Congress got underway, the ANA was actively pushing for passage of the Nurse Reinvestment Act and the Safe Nursing and Patient Care Act of 2001. Specifically, the ANA lobbied members of Congress to work out any differences between the Senate and House versions of the Nurse Reinvestment Act, to include the Magnet provision in the final bill, and to pass a measure for the president to sign into law.

    In addition, the ANA and other labor unions held a February 20 briefing to educate Capitol Hill staffers in why mandatory overtime needs to be addressed legislatively and to urge for support of the Safe Nursing and Patient Care Act of 2001. As we went to press, the House bill had 56 cosponsors and more were expected to sign on. The Senate bill is beginning to garner support among senators.

    The ANA encourages nurses to contact their members of Congress to urge them to act on these bills. Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121; or go to www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.html (for representatives) or www.senate.gov/contacting/index.cfm (for senators). For more information on the ANA’s legislative activity, go to www.NursingWorld.org/gova/.

    Rose Iris Gonzalez is the director of government affairs at the ANA.
    http://nursingworld.org/ajn/2002/apr/wawatch.htm
    >>>>>>



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    -jt, I appreciate that nurses helped get them introduced into Congress, and they have the ANA support. But, if you'll forgive me, that's old history. The bills are there. We've got to get them to a vote. THAT's what is current.

    They are ALL stalled in committee. They have to get out of committee and onto the calendar for debate and vote for the 108th session (it's too late for the 107th).

    I'm working on a little more research in this area. I'll post it when I'm done.

    ocankhe, they are all in different committees with different chairpersons for those committees.
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    <I appreciate that nurses helped get them introduced into Congress, and they have the ANA support. But, if you'll forgive me, that's old history. The bills are there. We've got to get them to a vote. THAT's what is current.>

    Yes. My point was that it was nurses ACTION that got those bills written & introduced. And to point out that great things do happen when we take action as a group. Now we need MORE nurses to take action and get them moved into law.
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    Researching these bills takes some time. I'm sure I'm reinventing the wheel, since these things are a matter of public record, and so many groups are interested in the outcome of these bills. But, I give you this information as concisely as possible so that you can support these bills with your emails and letters and votes, and to identify those legislatures and senators who have not yet given support to significant legislation concerning nurses.

    HR 3238 / S 1686 Safe Nursing and Patient Care Act of 2001
    It is current in the House Ways and Means Committee
    It is supported by every health-related union and nursing organization that I've been able to find on the internet.

    The following is a list of Senators and Congressmen who support this bill. If your representatives are not on this list, tell them you intend to vote against them in the next election unless they support HR 3238 / S 1685 NOW.

    Rep Ackerman, Gary L. [NY-5] - 11/6/2001
    Rep Allen, Thomas H. [ME-1] - 6/11/2002
    Rep Andrews, Robert E. [NJ-1] - 9/4/2002
    Rep Baca, Joe [CA-42] - 11/8/2001
    Rep Baird, Brian [WA-3] - 5/21/2002
    Rep Baldwin, Tammy [WI-2] - 2/14/2002
    Rep Barrett, Thomas M. [WI-5] - 11/6/2001
    Rep Berman, Howard L. [CA-26] - 7/25/2002
    Rep Blagojevich, Rod R. [IL-5] - 4/9/2002
    Rep Bonior, David E. [MI-10] - 11/13/2001
    Rep Borski, Robert A. [PA-3] - 11/29/2001
    Rep Boswell, Leonard L. [IA-3] - 7/11/2002
    Rep Brady, Robert [PA-1] - 11/6/2001
    Rep Capuano, Michael E. [MA-8] - 2/14/2002
    Rep Cardin, Benjamin L. [MD-3] - 7/11/2002
    Rep Carson, Brad [OK-2] - 11/8/2001
    Rep Carson, Julia [IN-10] - 4/9/2002
    Rep Christensen, Donna M. [VI] - 12/12/2001
    Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-14] - 11/6/2001
    Rep Coyne, William J. [PA-14] - 11/6/2001
    Rep Crowley, Joseph [NY-7] - 5/9/2002
    Rep Cummings, Elijah E. [MD-7] - 5/7/2002
    Rep Davis, Danny K. [IL-7] - 7/25/2002
    Rep DeGette, Diana [CO-1] - 5/7/2002
    Rep DeLauro, Rosa L. [CT-3] - 11/16/2001
    Rep Dicks, Norman D. [WA-6] - 5/9/2002
    Rep Doyle, Michael F. [PA-18] - 11/27/2001
    Rep Faleomavaega, Eni F. H. [AS] - 11/27/2001
    Rep Filner, Bob [CA-50] - 11/6/2001
    Rep Frank, Barney [MA-4] - 11/6/2001
    Rep Gekas, George W. [PA-17] - 5/9/2002
    Rep Gordon, Bart [TN-6] - 2/26/2002
    Rep Grucci, Felix J., Jr. [NY-1] - 5/21/2002
    Rep Gutierrez, Luis V. [IL-4] - 5/14/2002
    Rep Hall, Tony P. [OH-3] - 5/14/2002
    Rep Hastings, Alcee L. [FL-23] - 7/9/2002
    Rep Hinchey, Maurice D. [NY-26] - 2/13/2002
    Rep Hoeffel, Joseph M. [PA-13] - 6/25/2002
    Rep Holden, Tim [PA-6] - 9/4/2002
    Rep Holt, Rush D. [NJ-12] - 5/22/2002
    Rep Inslee, Jay [WA-1] - 5/15/2002
    Rep Israel, Steve [NY-2] - 12/6/2001
    Rep Johnson, Eddie Bernice [TX-30] - 11/6/2001
    Rep Kennedy, Patrick J. [RI-1] - 5/8/2002
    Rep Kildee, Dale E. [MI-9] - 7/23/2002
    Rep Kilpatrick, Carolyn C. [MI-15] - 11/6/2001
    Rep Kleczka, Gerald D. [WI-4] - 11/6/2001
    Rep Kucinich, Dennis J. [OH-10] - 12/6/2001
    Rep LaFalce, John J. [NY-29] - 5/7/2002
    Rep Langevin, James R. [RI-2] - 2/5/2002
    Rep Larsen, Rick [WA-2] - 6/12/2002
    Rep Larson, John B. [CT-1] - 2/5/2002
    Rep LaTourette, Steve C. [OH-19] - 11/6/2001
    Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-9] - 11/6/2001
    Rep Lewis, John [GA-5] - 11/6/2001
    Rep Lynch, Stephen F. [MA-9] - 3/12/2002
    Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. [NY-14] - 2/26/2002
    Rep Maloney, James H. [CT-5] - 1/24/2002
    Rep Markey, Edward J. [MA-7] - 2/5/2002
    Rep Mascara, Frank [PA-20] - 3/12/2002
    Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7] - 11/6/2001
    Rep McGovern, James P. [MA-3] - 11/27/2001
    Rep McKinney, Cynthia A. [GA-4] - 4/11/2002
    Rep Meehan, Martin T. [MA-5] - 2/26/2002
    Rep Miller, George [CA-7] - 11/6/2001
    Rep Mink, Patsy T. [HI-2] - 11/27/2001
    Rep Moore, Dennis [KS-3] - 12/19/2001
    Rep Morella, Constance A. [MD-8] - 3/12/2002
    Rep Murtha, John P. [PA-12] - 11/6/2001
    Rep Nadler, Jerrold [NY-8] - 3/5/2002
    Rep Napolitano, Grace F. [CA-34] - 12/12/2001
    Rep Neal, Richard E. [MA-2] - 5/9/2002
    Rep Olver, John W. [MA-1] - 2/13/2002
    Rep Owens, Major R. [NY-11] - 11/6/2001
    Rep Payne, Donald M. [NJ-10] - 4/17/2002
    Rep Pelosi, Nancy [CA-8] - 11/6/2001
    Rep Pomeroy, Earl [ND] - 11/6/2001
    Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-15] - 11/6/2001
    Rep Rivers, Lynn N. [MI-13] - 4/9/2002
    Rep Rothman, Steve R. [NJ-9] - 2/5/2002
    Rep Roybal-Allard, Lucille [CA-33] - 11/6/2001
    Rep Sanders, Bernard [VT] - 3/12/2002
    Rep Sandlin, Max [TX-1] - 11/6/2001
    Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9] - 11/6/2001
    Rep Shays, Christopher [CT-4] - 5/8/2002
    Rep Simmons, Rob [CT-2] - 3/20/2002
    Rep Skelton, Ike [MO-4] - 4/23/2002
    Rep Smith, Adam [WA-9] - 5/15/2002
    Rep Solis, Hilda L. [CA-31] - 11/6/2001
    Rep Stupak, Bart [MI-1] - 3/18/2002
    Rep Tierney, John F. [MA-6] - 11/13/2001
    Rep Towns, Edolphus [NY-10] - 11/6/2001
    Rep Udall, Mark [CO-2] - 2/5/2002
    Rep Waxman, Henry A. [CA-29] - 11/6/2001
    Rep Weiner, Anthony D. [NY-9] - 11/6/2001
    Rep Wexler, Robert [FL-19] - 3/20/2002
    Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. [CA-6] - 11/7/2001
    Rep Stark, Fortney Pete [CA-13](introduced bill in legislature 11/6/2001)

    Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] - 11/14/2001
    Sen Corzine, Jon [NJ] - 4/11/2002
    Sen Dayton, Mark [MN] - 4/23/2002
    Sen Feingold, Russell D. [WI] - 9/18/2002
    Sen Inouye, Daniel K. [HI] - 3/5/2002
    Sen Kerry, John F. [MA] - 11/14/2001
    Sen Lieberman, Joseph I. [CT] - 9/18/2002
    Sen Mikulski, Barbara A. [MD] - 12/7/2001
    Sen Reed, Jack [RI] - 7/15/2002
    Sen Reid, Harry M. [NV] - 11/14/2001
    Sen Sarbanes, Paul S. [MD] - 5/16/2002
    Sen Torricelli, Robert G. [NJ] - 4/11/2002
    Sen Wellstone, Paul D. [MN] - 11/14/2001
    Sen Kennedy, Edward M. [MA](introduced bill to Senate 11/14/2001)


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