AMSN Advocacy Update- July 2019
The AMSN HUB now has a place for med-surg nursing advocates! Established in July, the AMSN “Med-Surg Nurse Advocacy” community includes updates on policy agenda priorities of AMSN – and your engagement and participation! Every AMSN member is enrolled in the Med-Surg Nurse Advocacy HUB community.
To learn more and participate, connect with https://community.amsn.org.
Med-surg nursing priority legislation is on the move in Washington! An AMSN-backed bill reauthorizing Title 8 nurse workforce development programs (HR 728) cleared the House Energy and Commerce Committee July 17 by voice vote. Its next step is a vote on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. AMSN makes it easy to contact your member of Congress and say “Vote YES on HR 728!” Click this link to get started: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1exr1Me48UjtfS0qF7u_IfqQZayJ2efXaJVkU...
Besides committee action, nurse workforce legislation is drawing more cosponsorship support on Capitol Hill. HR 728 now has 121 bipartisan cosponsors – nearly a quarter of the 435-member U.S. House of Representatives. Its Senate counterpart, S 1399, has its original bipartisan cosponsors, Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Richard Burr (R-NC) and none additional as the committee to which it has been referred has been working on legislation to help control cost growth in health care.
The National Academy of Medicine “Future of Nursing: 2020-2030” project is hosting two more town meetings this summer, one that occurred today in Philadelphia, and then in Seattle August 7. AMSN is planning to be there and to speak out on behalf of med-surg nurses and their patients! Follow developments on AMSN’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. If you would like to attend yourself in-person or online, click this link for Seattle: www.nationalacademies.org/hmd/Activities/Workforce/futureofnursing2030/2...
Recognition in legislation of the 120,000 women who served in the World War II era Cadet Nurse Corps has been supported by AMSN. On July 12 that support took one step closer to reality: the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (HR 2500) with a key Cadet Nurse Corps recognition provision added as an amendment by Rep. Cherie Bustos (D-IL). Read more about it from the Nursing Community Coalition here: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/148923_0a504421c6ee4ee983867c65d9a73630.pdf