ncna legislative alert - call to action - april 20, 2009
urgent request for all nurses: contact house health committee members now to oppose hb 1286 - christian science nursing and protect the title of "nurse".
rep. martha alexander (d-mecklenburg) has introduced a bill that would allow christian science nurses to practice and be recognized with the title "nurse" without the proper education and training other nurses must attain. currently in north carolina, the use of the title "nurse" is restricted to those who have satisfied licensure requirements.
to legislate the title of "christian science nurse" to those who have not completed a rigorous educational program and passage of the nclex-rn examination as required by nc law would erode the public protection and the profession of nursing.
giving the title of "nurse" to any group other than licensed nurses is clearly a message to the 130,000 nurses in the state that the standards of education and passing of these national exams are meaningless.
preserve title protection for licensed nurses, by contacting members of the house health committee and urging them to vote no on hb 1286 and protect the title of "nurse" for those licensed.
forward this request to your nursing colleagues, as well as others in the healthcare arena and within your community.
your urgent response is much appreciated.
for a sample email and talking points on hb 1286, go to:
sample letter to legislator
talking points on hb 1286 - christian science nursing
house health committee contact info
house bill 1286
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