APRN Legislative Day
Monday, February 22, 2016
Posted by: Nadia Tamez-Robledo
Top: Over 300 attendees gathered at the Bob Bullock Museum Monday to talk about advanced practice nursing issues. Bottom: Panelists Rep. Donna Howard, Rep. Stephanie Klick, and Texas Tribune reporter Edgar Walters.
by Cindy Zolnierek, PhD, RN
Texas Nurses Association
Feb. 22, 2016
Today marked the public debut of the APRN Alliance - a partnership of advanced practice registered nurses organizations who seek to advance common interests through a unified voice. It consists of the Texas Nurses Association, Texas Nurse Practitioners, Texas Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Consortium of Texas Certified Nurse Midwives, and Texas Clinical Nurse Specialists. These five organizations sponsored their first joint activity, APRN Legislative Day, at the Bob Bullock Museum.
Over 300 RNs, APRNs, and APRN students convened to participate in discussions around health policy led by Professor Bill Sage, MD, JD, of UT Austin's Schools of Law and Medicine, consider dynamics in the Texas legislature around health policy from Representatives Howard and Klick (both nurses), and learn how to engage in the policy process as individuals as well as members of an association from TNA Governmental Affairs Director Andy Cates, J.D.
Following the program, participants visited legislative offices in the Capitol. The message:
- We RNs are over 250,000 strong and we are united in our policy agenda.
- APRNs include four roles (nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and clinical nurse specialists) intricately woven into the fabric of healthcare delivery.
- Modernization of existing laws to enable full practice authority under the Board of Nursing would optimize the positive impact of APRN practice on access, cost, and quality.
The outcome? Over 300 nurses demonstrated their interest in nursing policy. Legislative staff heard our unified voice and priorities for the 2017 legislative session. And, we nurses experienced the power of alignment around common goals. Onward!
Click here for a copy of Dr. Sage's presentation.
Click here for tips on meeting with lawmakers.
Click here for Andrew Cates' presentation on Advocacy.