Nurses Influencing Healthcare

  1. 2003 Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI)
    March 2-5, 2003
    Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel
    Arlington, Virginia

    The Nurse in Washington Internship program provides nurses the opportunity to learn how to influence health care through the legislative process. Participants learn from a distinguished faculty of health policy experts and government officials, many of whom are nurses, network with other nurses and visit members of Congress. Nurses who want to make the trip to Capitol Hill for this event need to act fast. The deadline for pre-registration is February 17th, 2003. Nurses will learn the nuts and bolts of the legislative process and how they can influence healthcare policy at all levels. As committed voters and active community members, nurses make up a formidable constituency with information and opinions that lawmakers need and want to hear. The Nursing Organizations Alliance, a group of more than 50 nursing organizations, including the American Nurses Association, sponsors this internship program. For more info and details on participating, see:

    For an application to participate, contact
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  3. by   -jt
    <The late Reggae singer Bob Marley's song "Get Up, Stand Up" was an anthem of political activism. For nurses at the Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) conference, it was a call to action.... >
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    The "Write" Stuff

    <Gaining power and influence for nurses is easier than you think, and the "power of the pen" is the way to get it. Simple as it seems, the written word can get us exactly what we want and what our patients need-more nurses and improved working conditions. A letter or an e-mail to a member of Congress has more clout than you might realize and is second only to a face-to-face meeting with your senator or representative. To get what we want, we have to make sure our legislators hear us loud and clear. What easier way to do this than with a letter or e-mail?

    A Law Needs Money to Make It All Happen

    Take for instance the Nurse Reinvestment Act (NRA). The bill was passed in August 2002, sending a significant signal to the nursing community that President Bush, the Senate, and the House of Representatives recognized the national nursing shortage crisis and would support measures to correct it. But that was just the first step. Step two is getting money from the appropriations committees of the House and Senate to fund it.

    The NRA will be meaningless if there's no money to support the proposals for vital programs-scholarships, grants, loans, training and work programs, and advertising-designed to help address the nursing shortage and invigorate each nurse's ability to deliver high-quality healthcare. All of these NRA proposals are badly needed to breathe new life into nursing.

    Nursing organizations and nursing leaders are united behind the request for $250 million in appropriations to fund the NRA. Now all we need is for the appropriations committees and the House and the Senate to agree to the amount of money we know we need.

    Where Do Nurses Come In? For the answer to that, see,
  5. by   maureeno

    this is a public contest with a $10,000 prize