2014 News Archive

The Nursing Community sent a letter congratulating Dr. Spoonster Schwartz on her confirmation as the Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

The letter urged the House and Senate LHHS-ED Appropriations Subcommittees to fully support the Nursing Workforce Development Programs (Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act [42 U.S.C. 296 et seq.]) and the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR- one of the 27 Institutes and Centers at the National Institutes of Health) in FY 2015.

The Nursing Community submitted testimony to the Senate Appropriations Committee regarding the US response to Ebola for a hearing on November 12, 2014.

The NC sent a letter to AHRQ Director Dr. Richard Kronick expressing support of the continued presence of a nursing leader at AHRQ.

September 24, 2014

The NC sent letters to Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Patty Murray (D-WA) expressing support for the Ensuring Access to Primary Care for Women & Children Act (S. 2694). The legislation would sustain the temporary Medicaid and CHIP payment rate through 2016.

The NC sent a letter congratulating Donna Hart Gage, PhD, RN, NE-BC, on her appointment to Chief Nursing Officer for the Veterans Health Administration at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Nursing Community is please to announce the Association for Radiologic & Imaging Nursing has joined our coalition!

Forty-nine NC organizations signed a letter congratulating newly appointed Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell.

The NC sent letters to Representatives Richard Hanna (R-NY) and Lois Capps (D-CA), as well as Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), for their leadership in spearheading the Dear Colleague letters that supported funding for Title VIII in FY 2015. Representatives Lois Capps (D-CA) and Richard Hanna (R-NY) circulated a letter requesting strong support for the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs which garnered 92 signatures. The Senator Merkley letter requested $251 million and garnered 29 signatures.

The NC sent a letter to retiring Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human services Kathleen Sebelius thanking her for her service.

The NC sent a letter to Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan D. Gibson reiterating unwavering support for the Veterans Administration’s work to modernize the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) Nursing Handbook. The letter also urged Acting Secretary Gibson to advance the approval process of this modification.

On May 6, 2014, the Nursing Community sent testimony to the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS-ED) reiterating the FY 2015 requests.

On April 2, 2014, the Nursing Community sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS-ED) requesting $251 million for the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Nursing Workforce Development programs (authorized under Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act [42 U.S.C. 296 et seq.]), $150 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and $20 million in authorized funding for the Nurse-Managed Health Clinics (Title III of the Public Health Service Act) in FY2015.

On March 28, 2014, the Nursing Community submitted written testimony to the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS-ED) requesting $251 million for the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Nursing Workforce Development programs (authorized under Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act [42 U.S.C. 296 et seq.]), $150 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and $20 million in authorized funding for the Nurse-Managed Health Clinics (Title III of the Public Health Service Act). A letter was also sent to Chairman Jack Kingston (R-GA) and Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) of the LHHS-ED Appropriations Subcommittee reinforcing these requests.

March 14, 2014

On Friday, March 14, the NC sent a letter to Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA) expressing support for H.R. 3833, which would eliminate the new provision in the Affordable Care Act [P.L. 111-148] that requires physicians to document the face to face encounters of nurse practitioners (NPs), clinical nurse specialists (CNSs), and physician assistants (PAs) when ordering certain durable medical equipment for their Medicare patients. By removing this requirement so that NPs, CNSs, and PAs can continue to document their face to face encounters without a physician’s signature, this legislation would eliminate an unnecessary, costly, and burdensome barrier facing Medicare patients who need necessary durable medical equipment to insure their safe, lifesaving, and timely care.

The NC sent a letter welcoming the newly appointed Chief Nurse Officer of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS), Rear Admiral (RADM) Sylvia Trent-Adams.

The NC sent a letter thanking RADM Nesseler for her steadfast dedication to improving America’s health during your tenure as the Chief Nurse Officer (CNO) of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS).

The Nursing Community sent a letter urging Representatives not to sign a Dear Colleague letter being circulated by Representatives Michael Grimm (R-NY) and Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) that opposes the Veterans Health Administration’s Nursing Handbook modifications that would allow APRNs to serve as full practice providers.

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 “The 2014 Midterm Federal Elections: What Nurses Need to Know” Webinar

 

With 2014 midterm elections quickly approaching, it is important that nurses understand the political dynamics that will impact the election cycle. Mr. Wade Delk (American Society for Pain Management Nursing) and Mr. Dave Mason (National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and National Nursing Centers Consortium) will be discussing how to stay informed of the election process and how potential outcomes may impact nursing and healthcare policy. Attendees will learn how to maximize political tools, become informed voters, and how to ensure the profession’s voice is heard in the upcoming election.

 

The webinar took place Thursday, October 9, 2014 from 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET. To view the archived version of this webinar, first register click here to register. Please note that you do not have to be an AACN Member to view this Webinar; however, you will have to create an account. First, click “verify your exiting account.” Enter your primary email (it does not have to be a school email addresses) and click “check email.” If your primary email is not in the system you will be directed to “Continue to Create a New Account.”  Click on this link and select the “Other Individual (non-academic).” Please select your Nursing Community organization and complete the required fields.

 

 “Speaking with One Voice: Coordinated Messages Matter” Webinar

 

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Nursing Workforce Development programs (Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act [PHSA]). President Lyndon Johnson’s signed these programs into law through the Nurse Training Act of 1964 on September 4. Dr. Suzanne Miyamoto (American Association of Colleges of Nursing) addressed the history, appropriations, and importance of Title VIII and the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), as well as their impact on advancing nursing education and research. In addition Dr. Miyamoto provided insight on how the broader nursing community can come together as one voice to advocate for nursing education, research, and practice, including the Title VIII programs and NINR. She how to best create a coordinated message for members of Congress.

 

Ms. Jamie Ware (National Nursing Centers Consortium) discussed the history and importance of           Nurse-Managed Health Clinics (NMHCs Title III of PHSA) in providing access to care for underserved populations, and how these sites are integral to clinical training and practice for advanced practice registered nurses. To view the archived webinar, please register and viewing instructions will be emailed to you.