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2014 Legislative agenda priorities for APRNs

Posted by nomadicnurse74 on January 30, 2014 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (40)

The best way to contact your legislators about any of these issues with pre-scripted letters is through the CAPRN website. http://caprn.org/ just click on the Advocacy link at the very top right hand of the page and then click on "Take Action." Only once you'll enter your registration information for the computer to look up your representative, senator, legislator at all levels and then it populates emails you can send though the website on legislative issues pertinent to APRNs and CNSs in Georgia. Now is the time to speak up for your profession or other non-nursing groups will decide your fate for you!

Legislative Update: HB 830

This bill creates a definition of surgery and “restates” the health professionals who are authorized to perform surgery. A link to the bill follows. Advocacy ask of the week: Please look at this bill carefully and report effects on current practice to [email protected] It is important to note that the intent of the bill is NOT to restrict current practice, but amendments to the current language will be necessary to achieve this intent. Feedback is needed by noon on Friday, January 31.

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20132014/HB/830

Legislative Update: SB 94

Efforts to educate legislators about SB 94 and the positive benefits for patients and the health care system that passing this bill would achieve continue. The House Health and Human Services Committee which currently has jurisdiction over the bill has only met once and considered one bill (to create a licensing board for lactation consultants, that was tabled for more study). Please have all your members and contacts continue to engage your local house of representatives member on this bill and please report results of these contacts to [email protected]

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20132014/SB/94

Legislative Update: SB 211

Sources suggest that this bill whose purpose is to: “provide a definition for the term “psychological testing”; to clarify that persons licensed as professional counselors, social workers, and marriage and family therapists are not authorized to conduct psychological testing as defined; to clarify that psychological testing is part of the practice of psychology” may soon move in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. APRNs and especially Psych-Mental health CNS’s will need to monitor likely amendments to this bill carefully. CAPRN will continue to supply updates as this bill progresses.

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20132014/SB/211

Legislative Update: SB 141 Tort Reform

This legislation would the transform the current litigation system of handling medical malpractice claims to a workers compensation board type of mediation system. Efforts to advance this bill have stalled and it is unlikely to progress the remainder of this legislative session. Both the Governor and the Speaker of the House have both publicly voiced serious concerns with the bill, despite recent amendments. Still, this is a subject that legislators are interested in, but not likely to consider further until next year at the earliest. CAPRN has already addressed sections of the draft that were incorrect as to APRNs and will continue to monitor this concept and the legislation to enact it.

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/display/20132014/SB/141

 

Legislative Update: Truth in Advertising

AMA supported “Truth in Advertising” legislation: The Medical Association of Georgia is championing a bill as part of the efforts of the AMA to pass “Truth in Advertising” legislation in as many states as possible. An initial draft of this legislation which has not been formally dropped was met with nearly universal opposition from the allied health community. CAPRN will monitor this issue carefully and keep you informed. New legislative language and perhaps a bill number is expected shortly. See the following link for an AANP brief on this issue:

The AMA’s “Truth in Advertising Campaign”

Please continue efforts to contact your state elected officials and share your concerns about patient access to quality, cost effective care in Georgia.

Thank you for this information from Laura Searcy MN, APRN, PNP-BC

Policy Director and Legislative Liaison

Coalition of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

[email protected] 678-886-4503

 

Where do my Nursing Licensure fees go?

Posted by nomadicnurse74 on March 8, 2013 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

A great BIG thank you to all nurses who called or emailed your legislators about the resource starving of the Board of Nursing. As you will recall, GNA sent a Call to Action last week because we are concerned that the fees nurses pay for licensure and licensure renewals are being redirected from the work of the Board of Nursing to cover other shortfalls in the state government’s budget. We believe this is a direct violation of current law found in O.C.G.A. 43-1-7, and we have been lobbying at the State Capitol to bring attention to the negative effects this has caused, including licensure delays, nurses who are a danger to the public staying in practice and a lack of staff resources to be responsive in an efficient and timely manner.

 

You responded by making calls to your House Representatives and this week the Vice Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee has introduced Resolution 549 calling for a Study Committee on Professional Licensing Boards!!! If you have ever wondered if your single call really makes a difference – this is proof positive that it does. YOU made a tangible difference with your outreach to your legislators. A copy of the Resolution can be found here: http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/20132014/133011.pdf.

 

The Study Committee will likely be the only action on licensing boards in the 2013 session. The Committee will review the existing structure of licensing boards in Georgia to determine whether the structure:(1) Is streamlined, optimizes efficiencies of scale, and provides for the appropriate state entity or entities to oversee licensing boards; (2) Provides adequate staffing needs; (3) Includes available, affordable technologies for faster, more reliable electronic record keeping; (4) Currently assesses adequate licensing fees to support the direct and indirect costs to the state for the various boards to provide such services; and (5) Is effective and efficient relating to any matters associated with licensing professions in this state.

 

GNA CNS affiliate will continue to be a resource to you (our members) and to our state law makers as this Study Committee convenes.

APRNs - contact your legislators!

Posted by nomadicnurse74 on February 5, 2013 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Special Legislative Bulletin

Legislation PASSED to remove the “Life threatening Situations” restriction to APRN ordering of radiographic imaging tests such as MRI and CT scans. It is Senate Bill 94 (http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20132014/SB/94) By: Senators Millar of the 40th, Unterman of the 45th, Hufstetler of the 52nd and Albers of the 56th.

Please contact Senators Millar (Millar, Fran (Republican))Unterman (Unterman, Renee S); Hufstetler (Hufstetler, Chuck); Albers (Albers, John (Republican)) and THANK THEM for their sponsorship.

Begin to identify physicians, patients, hospitals, community leaders , consumer advocates etc. who would support using all of our health care providers to the full potential of their license and training to provide quality cost effective health care for Georgia. Suggestions for engaging these stakeholders will follow in a future communication

Citizen Advocacy quote of the day: “any lobbyist worth their salt will concentrate on getting my constituents to tell me what they think…not what he thinks. He better spend his time getting them to write to me because that’s who I listen to: Unnamed U.S. Senator in Citizen’s Handbook to Influencing Elected Officials, by Bradford Fitch

We are 8019 APRN’s strong! And 114, 578 RN’s strong! If we all do a little there is nothing that cannot be accomplished. Thanks in advance for your efforts!

Laura Searcy MN, APRN, PNP-BC, Policy Director, Legislative Liaison, Coalition of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, 678-886-4503 [email protected]

the GNA CNS affiliate is a member of the CAPRN

Board of Nursing requesting Composite Board of medicine to revise language in O.C.G.A. �43-34-23 and O.C.G.A. �43-34-25

Posted by nomadicnurse74 on November 20, 2012 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

GBON Executive Director Jim Cleghorn sent a letter to CBOM Executive Director LaSharn Hughes requesting that statute be updated for clarity as it relates to the definition of Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. It states:

"The Georgia Board of Nursing (“Board”) has received numerous inquiries regarding the references made to advanced practice registered nurses in O.C.G.A. §43-34-23 and O.C.G.A. §43-34-25.

O.C.G.A. §43-34-23(b)(1)(A)(ii) specifically defines an advanced practice registered nurse as a certified nurse midwife, certified registered nurse anesthetist, certified nurse practitioner, or clinical nurse specialist-psychiatric mental health. O.C.G.A. §43-34-25(a)(1) defines an advanced practice registered nurse as having the same meaning provided in O.C.G.A. 43-26-3(1.1). At its November 14-15 meeting, the Board voted to request the Georgia Composite Medical Board (“Medical Board”) to seek updates to the statute so that all advanced practice nurses recognized by the Board are included in chapter 23 and chapter 25. In the Board’s opinion, it would be most expedient to define “advanced practice registered nurse” as having the same meaning provided in O.C.G.A. 43-26-3(1.1). The Board appreciates the opportunity to work with you on this issue and respectfully requests that the Medical Board consider this suggestion."

We should allow the CBOM some time to act, but also start thinking about our next steps. Happy Thanksgiving and thanks to Jeremy Arieh (Director of Marketing & Communications for the Georgia Nurses Association/Foundation) Jim Cleghorn (Georgia Board of Nursing) and everyone involved for pursuing this inconsistency in the statutes.

Governor Nathan Deal proclaims September 2-8, 2012 Clinical Nurse Specialist Week

Posted by nomadicnurse74 on August 24, 2012 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (1)

By the Governor of the State of Georgia

A Proclamation

Clinical Nurse Specialist Week

 

Whereas, there is a growing need for proper management of complex health issues with millions of Americans lackign health insurance, aging in populatin, ans suffering fromincreased rates in chronic illness; and

 Whereas, healthcare specialist seek to place a bigger emphasis on transparency in our healthcaredelivery system, while focusing on quality patient outcomes and increasedcost-efficiency; and

  Whereas, the influence ofClinical Nurse Specialists in improving the overall healthcare system has been well-documented and highly regarded over an extended period of time; and

Whereas, America’s 72,000 Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) are uniquely prepared with advanced degrees in nursing and maintain system-wide leadership skills as well as expertise in evidence-basedpractice; now

Therefore: I, Nathan Deal, Governor of the state of Georgia, do hereby proclaim September 2-8, 2012 as CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALISTS WEEK in Georgia and encourage our citizens to express their appreciation for the valuable work Georgia's nurses perform daily in service to their fellow man.  In witness thereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Executive Department to be affixed to this 17th day of August in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve.

Signed: Governor Nathan Deal

Attest Chief of Staff


 


Georgia Nurses Association Clinical Nurse Specialist Affiliate

Posted by nomadicnurse74 on June 19, 2012 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

This is the first blog posting of the Georgia Nurses Association Clinical Nurse Specialist Affiliate website. Check back often as we are developing a FAQ site regarding the APRN Consensus Model and the Board of Nursing ruling to recognize the CNS as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).


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