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Resources for Nurses in an Election Year

Hardie, Lori M. MSN, RNC-MNN, NPD-BC, CHSE; Ortelli, Tracy A. PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF

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AJN, American Journal of Nursing: October 2020 - Volume 120 - Issue 10 - p 65-67
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000718664.38232.7e
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Heading into November, the nursing profession—ranked as America's most trusted for the 18th consecutive year1—finds itself at a juncture between the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, and a presidential election. As frontline caregivers and the largest sector of U.S. health care workers,2 nurses are positioned to engage with policymakers on nursing practice, education, and research—and to promote a culture of health for all Americans. The following resources are available to empower nurses, regardless of political affiliation or nursing role, to be informed about key issues and to make their voices heard.

FEDERAL RESOURCES AND ELECTION INFORMATION

The White House: Health Care

www.whitehouse.gov/issues/healthcare

Read the Trump administration's positions and statements on health care.

United States Congress

Federal Register

www.federalregister.gov

Updated daily, this site allows users to search, view, and comment on federal government activities.

House and Senate Nursing Caucuses

www.aonl.org/advocacy/resources/congressional-nursing-caucus

The Congressional Nursing Caucuses aim to educate legislators on issues important to nurses and public health.

Vote.org

www.vote.org

Check your voter registration status and find your polling place.

LEGISLATION OF RELEVANCE TO NURSING

HR 728: Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2019

www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/728

Expands and reauthorizes nursing workforce development programs through fiscal year 2024, including loan repayment and scholarships for nurses; loans for nursing faculty development; advanced education nursing grants; grants to increase nursing workforce diversity; and nurse education, practice, quality, and retention grants.

HR 1309: Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act

www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/1309

Directs the Department of Labor to establish standards requiring health care employers to implement workplace violence prevention plans.

HR 2150: Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2019

www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/2150

Enables more timely services for Medicare beneficiaries by allowing Medicare payment for home health services ordered by advanced practice nurses—without physician certification required.

HR 2482: Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment Act of 2019

www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/2482

Simplifies the process for prescribing buprenorphine for substance use disorder treatment.

HR 5717: Gun Violence Prevention and Community Safety Act of 2020

www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/5717

Aims to curtail gun violence by making changes to federal firearms laws, establishing a community violence intervention grant program, and supporting research on gun violence prevention.

HR 6139: COVID-19 Health Care Worker Protection Act of 2020

www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6139

Requires the Department of Labor to issue both emergency temporary and permanent standards to protect health care workers from occupational exposure to COVID-19.

S 1129: Medicare for All Act of 2019

www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/1129

Establishes a national health insurance program for all Americans.

RESOURCES FROM PROFESSIONAL NURSING ORGANIZATIONS

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

  • AACN Legislation/Regulatory Action
  • www.aacn.org/policy-and-advocacy/legislation-regulatory-action
  • The latest on the AACN's advocacy work, including statements, calls to action, and letters to Congress.
  • Policy and Advocacy
  • www.aacn.org/policy-and-advocacy
  • Learn about the AACN's areas of policy focus: COVID-19 advocacy; equity, diversity, and inclusion; healthy work environments; staffing; scope of practice; patient and professional advocacy; and legislative and regulatory matters.

American Nurses Association (ANA)

National League for Nursing (NLN)

www.nln.org/advocacy-public-policy

The NLN's 2019-2020 public policy agenda prioritizes education, access, workforce, and diversity.

Nursing Community Coalition (NCC)

www.thenursingcommunity.org

The NCC, which comprises 63 national nursing organizations, advocates for issues related to nursing practice, education, research, and regulation.

Oncology Nursing Society (ONS)

REFERENCES

1. Reinhart RJ. Nurses continue to rate highest in honesty, ethics. Gallup 2020 Jan 6. https://news.gallup.com/poll/274673/nurses-continue-rate-highest-honesty-ethics.aspx.
2. Committee on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the Institute of Medicine. The future of nursing: leading change, advancing health. Washington, DC: National Academies Press; 2011.
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