read the latest on ana's efforts on behalf of you and your
patients regarding such core issues as the nursing shortage,
health and safety, workplace rights and patient
june 2002 activities:
- ana actively addresses the complex factors that affect the supply and demand for nurses. ana is initiating strategies to retain and recruit nurses by improving work environments, increasing educational opportunities, increasing compensation and advocating for laws that strengthen the profession.
attended the american medical association's (ama) 2002 annual house of delegates meeting on june 15-20, 2002, in chicago, il, as an official observer.
discussed and took action on the following matters:
*adopted recommendations for further study on a report from the medical education council related to the nursing shortage and its impact on medical education.
*adopted a resolution supporting new money for basic nursing education.
*reaffirmed the existing ama policy calling for supervision of nurse practitioners (np) and physician assistants (pa) and the necessity to educate physicians about the need for this np/pa supervision.
orchestrated a series of meetings, campaigned through lobbying efforts/alerts, and utilized media visibility during the month of june to promote the legislation on the nurse reinvestment act:
met with staff in seven congressional offices:
*explained ana's priorities regarding the ongoing negotiations and to educate congress about the importance of the magnet best practices criteria
*coordinated advocacy efforts with associations representing hospitals, schools of nursing, and nurse executives to assure that congress received a strong, consistent message on behalf of the legislation.
*reviewed drafts of legislation and worked with house and senate champions to assure effective representation of the concerns of nursing.
*distributed grassroots alerts urging nurses across the nation to contact their members of congress in support of the legislation.
worked with state associations to leverage advocacy efforts
*facilitated advertisement in a congressional newspaper, which appeared directly under an op-ed from senator barbara mikulski (d-md) on the nursing shortage that called on congress to pass the bill.
*spoke to gatherings of nursing students and operating room nurses in washington, dc, explaining the importance of the bill:
urged them to support the bill in their lobbying meetings
*advocated effectively to raise the profile of the bill through discussions with members of congress and their staff.
*spurred active negotiations at a time when both the house and senate were otherwise occupied with the medicare prescription drug debate
highlighted articles on the nursing shortage/appropriate staffing, the nurse reinvestment act and nurse retention and quality of care act:
times newspapers of northwest indiana and south chicago
chicago tribune (story slated to run july 14, 2002)
philadelphia inquirer (front-page story ran july 1, 2002)
met with bob inzer from the center for medicare and medicaid services (cms) on june 5, 2002, at ana headquarters in washington, dc, to review ana's organizational perspective on nursing shortage.
- ana leads the way in research, policy and practice, and workplace strategies to ensure that the number and mix of staff are appropriate - protecting both patients and nurses.
met with senate offices to identify a champion for the development of a strategy to obtain requirements for better nurse staffing in nursing homes in the medicare give-back bill. the genesis of this effort reinforces ana's position as a premier association supporting improved patient care.
provided background information to nursing matters newspaper, madison, wi, regarding the new england journal of medicine report on nurse staffing and patient outcomes (no run date given).
- ana protects, defends and educates nurses about their rights as employees under the law.
supported cmas' request for assistance and information:
assisted ohio nurses association in strike preparations for cincinnati university hospital (strike vote approved june 17, 2002 - agreement reached prior to strike date): ad in support placed in cincinnati enquirer (july 1, 2002) and research provided on u.s. nursing corp.
continued followup with cma local bargaining unit leaders in preparation for upcoming contract negotiations, including negotiation support and internal/external communications and pr assistance.
provided research reports and analysis on corporate information to cmas in ohio, alaska, georgia, illinois, missouri, and new jersey.
provided consultation and support to approximately seven uan cmas for organizing campaigns
began election for new members in one campaign (results pending)
provided consultation and education to the virginia nurses association (vna) on the cwpa and strengthening the virginia advocacy program presently in place.
informed the nursing community on workplace rights issues through interviews, conference calls, and other mediums:
philadelphia inquirer regarding article in june american journal of nursing (ajn) on doctors' treatment of nurses (front-page story ran july 1, 2002): psna president zalon
ohio nurses association (ona) president warino,
ajn editor mason (on behalf of ana president foley).
bureau of national affairs news and director of nursing practice schumann on nurses and family and medical leave act issues (story ran week of june 10, 2002)
conducted pilot survey during the ana 2002 convention on the mature and experienced nurse on june 28-june 30, 2002:
collected data on the economic and workplace issues that will encourage the mature and experienced nurse to continue to actively practice and support the transition nurse who chooses to retire. a more comprehensive survey will be conducted on www.nursingworld.org
later this year.
received approval from the ana 2002 house of delegates on a reference proposal and two policy statements:
"implications of the mature/experience workforce."
guidelines for the nurse and employer on release in the event of a disaster. this is the first ana policy statement addressing the employer.
workplace health and safety
- ana fights for a safer workplace by addressing the growing number of hazards that threaten nurses, such as chronic stress, needle stick injuries, latex allergy, back injuries and violence.
highlighted an article on handling/moving patients safely in the health and safety column in the june issue of ajn.
patient safety/advocacy - ana advances its ultimate goal, quality patient care, by effecting positive change around issues that are critical to nursing and its future. today's environment demands action to ensure that patient safety and quality are priorities.
president foley presented keynote address entitled, "holistic nursing for quality care" at the american pacific nurse leaders conference on june 17, 2002 in kosrae, micronesia. approximately 175 plus participants were in attendance.
featured patient safety/advocacy articles in ajn:
quality improvement initiative in nursing homes in the "washington watch" column.
ana's position regarding administration action on health care related regulations in the "issues update"column
issued press release on june 30, 2002, announcing ana/health and human services (hhs) establishment of a national nurses response team (nnrt)
ethics and human rights
participated on conference call with the national coalition for health professional education in genetics (nchpeg) on june 3, 2002.
reviewed and approved the nchpeg strategic plan for the next three years.
met with pennsylvania state nurses association (psna) ethics committee on june 28, 2002, and discussed current issues in ethics and human rights:
the impaired nurse
changes in the newly revised code of ethics for nurses with interpretive statements as compared to
the previous code of ethics (1995 to mid 2001) bioethics.
informed the nursing community on ethics and human rights issues through media exchange:
*hosted interview with obgyn news regarding ana's position on the registered nurse in california who was fired for refusing to dispense birth control pills (story ran week of june 17, 2002).
*facilitated interview with wgbh radio in boston, ma, regarding the code of ethics for nurses (story ran june 11, 2002):
language change in the code that pertained to nurses having a right to protect themselves in the face of violence or acts of bioterrorism
*provided definitions and background information on the difference between clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners for non-physician practitioner news (story ran week of june 17, 2002).
nursing standards and guidelines
convened conference call with a diverse group of nurse practitioners and clinicians from across the country on june 13, 2002, to address the revision of the scope and standards of nursing practice.
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