The legislative session had just begun when our last newsletter was published and now it is in full swing. Both on a federal and state level, we are seeing healthcare issues still being a priority. A poll released by gallup in November 2018 showed that Healthcare was number 1 in the top 3 issues for voters, followed by the economy and immigration, respectively. The subject of healthcare is extremely broad and encompasses a great multitude of issues, however, we are one part of those issues. It’s important to Americans, specifically Tennesseans, because it is something that affects each and every one of us. As future nurses, we must stay involved and fight for what is right and for what we need as healthcare professionals. We are a large group of people in Tennessee. According to www.tn.gov, there are approximately 90,000 registered nurses in Tennessee practicing either full-time or part-time. Think about the responsibility we have both individually and as a group. Think about the the change and influence we could wield if we all become active!
Don’t forget that April 3, 2019 the Tennessee Nurses Association will be holding the TNA Legislative Summit at War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, TN. The summit is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. - 12:45 pm. Registration and more information can be found at their website: www.tnaonline.org. The Tennessee Student Nurse’s Association board members will be participating, myself included, and we would love for you to come and say hello. I’m always ready and looking to discuss some issues with anyone and everyone!!!
Last thing for you to pay attention to are a few issues on the Tennessee Legislative Agenda. These are issues that you can write, email, phone, etc. your state senator or representative about to express your thoughts. If you ever need help looking at an issue, need some help, and/or want to talk about some issues you can find my contact information on the TSNA website at www.tsnaonline.org/legislative-priorities.
HB1315/SB1468 - Help develop free training for NPs in treating and victims of sexual abuse
HB1350/SB1128 - Requires a report concerning workforce needs to the House and Senate
HB0653/SB0909 - Increases full-time public school nurse positions. Instead of 1 for every 3,000 students it would change to 1 for every 700.
Be the change,