AMSN Legislative Brief March 2019

  • Posted on: 4 March 2019
  • By: AMSN

Keeping You Connected to Legislation Affecting Nursing

Advocacy is an important part of the strategic plan for AMSN. Every month in this newsletter, and ongoing behind the scenes, we take on the issues you care about most. Whether the topic concerns healthy practice environments, safe staffing ratios, patient rights, or medication administering, we will make sure you are in the know. You will also have the opportunity to engage your elected officials as they vote on bills that will have an impact on you, your patients, and everything in between.

We have included just some of the recent legislative news items for our med-surg nursing community for March. We encourage you to read and get involved where you can to effect change.

State of The Union
Several health care issues important to medical-surgical nurses appeared in the President’s State of the Union address on Feb. 4. The President pledged to “reduce the price of health care and prescription drugs.” He took credit for having “eliminated the very unpopular Obamacare individual mandate penalty” and for enacting “right to try” legislation and “unprecedented legislation to confront the opioid crisis.” As for prescription drugs, he said, “I am asking Congress to pass legislation that finally takes on the problem of global freeloading and delivers fairness and price transparency for American patients, finally. We should also require drug companies, insurance companies, and hospitals to disclose real prices to foster competition and bring costs way down.” He also said his 2020 budget would propose $500 million over 10 years to reduce and cure childhood cancer. See and read the text here:

HR 728 for Safe Staffing
Members are responding to the AMSN advocacy campaign supporting safe staffing for patients by encouraging U.S. Representatives to cosponsor HR 728, legislation reauthorizing Title 8 nurse workforce development programs. More than 100 members have responded to AMSN appeals on the Hub and Facebook to contact their legislators in Washington. With the involvement of AMSN and many nursing organizations, 55lawmakers from both parties have cosponsored this important legislation. But the job is not finished –they need to hear from youtoday! To take actioneasily and conveniently, click this link with resources from AMSN.

Dems Response to the State of the Union
Health care also figured prominently in the Democratic response to the State of the Union, which was presented by Stacey Abrams, former Georgia House minority leader and a 2018 candidate for Georgia governor. “Rather than suing todismantle the Affordable Care Act, as Republican Attorneys General have, our leaders must protect the progress we’ve made and commit to expanding health care and lowering costs for everyone.... In this great nation, Americans are skipping blood pressure pills, forced to choose between buying medicine or paying rent. Maternal mortality rates show that mothers, especially black mothers, risk death to give birth. And in 14 states, including my home state where a majority want it, our leaders refuse to expand Medicaid, which could save rural hospitals, economies, and lives.”See and read the text here.

2019 Annual Convention - Lock in at Last Year's Early Bird Rate!

  • Posted on: 4 March 2019
  • By: AMSN

The 2019 AMSN Annual Convention in Chicago will be the can't-miss event of the fall. And, this year we are offering a payment plan for a limited time only to assist AMSN members with convention registration fees! You can receive discounted pricing on your convention registration fee, and break your fees up into 3 small payments instead of 1 bulk payment.

To qualify for this payment plan, you must be a current AMSN member and your membership must be valid through September 30, 2019. Don't miss out on this offer to get your discount for the convention!

NY Times Weighs in on the Value of Stackable Credentials

  • Posted on: 4 March 2019
  • By: AMSN

As you know, AMSN, through our MSNCB offers certifications of CMSRN® and CCCTM® - credentialing that puts you in the driver’s seat of your career trajectory (info here: Stackable credentials are becoming the way of the future in the nursing industry, and more facilities are getting on board.

The potential for advancement and placement is blocks being assembled, NY Times recently wrote, are a “series of traditional degree-based and/or nontraditional credentials — certificates, certifications, licenses, badges, apprenticeships and more — that recognize achievements and provide an accurate assessment of knowledge, skills and abilities.” The more credentials that are accumulated and stacked, the more marketable the candidate presumably becomes.
Read the full article here:

Action Collaborative Speaks to the AMSN HPE Focus

  • Posted on: 4 March 2019
  • By: AMSN

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM recently formed an action collaborative on clinician well-being. This is very aligned with the AMSN strategic plan and our healthy practice environment initiative. "We are proud to have submitted our commitment statement and application to become a network organization of the NAM efforts. We are committed to the cause and will do our part to drive this forward," says Terri Hinkley, CEO of AMSN.

"We will be working to include the information from the action collaborative on clinical well-being in the Healthy Practice Environment section of our new website to be launched this spring. We are hoping that this information is also shared across our social media and other channels as well, by our members and leadership. It is a crucial topic that we are passionate about and will do what we can to support and educate those who will benefit from clinician well-being practices."

Clinician well-being is essential for safe, high-quality patient care. However, clinicians of all kinds, across all specialties and care settings, are experiencing alarming rates of burnout. Among the most telling of statistics, more than 50 percent of U.S. physicians report significant symptoms. Burnout is a syndrome characterized by a high degree of emotional exhaustion and depersonalization (i.e., cynicism), and a low sense of personal accomplishment at work.

Clinician burnout can have serious, wide-ranging consequences, from reduced job performance and high turnover rates to—in the most extreme cases—medical error and clinician suicide. On the other hand, clinician well-being supports improved patient-clinician relationships, a high-functioning care team, and an engaged and effective workforce. In other words, when we invest in clinician well-being, everyone wins. Supporting clinician well-being requires sustained attention and action at organizational, state, and national levels, as well as investment in research and information-sharing to advance evidence-based solutions.

Read more on clinician burnout here:
Read AMSN's commitment letter on clinician well-being and healthy practice, here:

CEO’s Corner - Dawning of a New Day – AMSN’s New Logo and Branding

  • Posted on: 4 March 2019
  • By: AMSN

Terri Hinkely, MBA, BSN, RN, CCRC, AMSN CEO

As individuals in the nursing community, we are fundamentally wired to always be listening, always be considering the needs of those around us. We assess, we plan, we implement, and we evaluate. The nursing process is the cornerstone of nursing practice. At AMSN, we work hard – month in and month out – to embody the same process when we interact with our members. The things that matter to each and every one of you, also matter to us.

We are excited to say that we have listened to you and how you would like AMSN to continually communicate, engage and interact with you. We are thrilled to announce an official re-branding of AMSN – with new colors, new logo, brand-new website, blog and more - due to launch in May of this year! Of course, you already have seen that we have recently launched our podcast, “Med-Surg Moments: The AMSN Podcast” that is hosted by nurses, for nurses. You can subscribe to our podcast through iTunes, Spotify, Google Play Music, and Stitcher. You can also visit our podcast site at

You can look forward to a streamlined, user-friendly website for AMSN, where you can find everything from convention information, continuing education, social interaction, and more – quickly and seamlessly. You’ll see a modern look and feel and will have more opportunities to get the most out of your AMSN membership. As ever, we are always listening to you, and what you want out of your AMSN experience.

If you have any thoughts to share on things you’d like to see in the coming year, please let us know. We will continually strive to make AMSN your source for professional development, certification, scholarships, and advocacy.

You can depend on us, just as your patients and colleagues depend on you.

Robin's Nest - President's Message

  • Posted on: 4 March 2019
  • By: AMSN

Taking it Personally: Cultivating Passion Through Professional Fulfillment
Robin Hertel, EdS, MSN, RN, CMSRN
President, AMSN

When we take time to care for ourselves, everyone wins: Our patients, our fellow nurses, and our families. More often than not, we spend much of our waking hours giving to others, leaving very few moments to devote to what drives our passions. I believe it is truly vital for nurses to cultivate professional fulfillment through self-care and self-improvement. When we do this, we can shine brighter, feel stronger, and show our best selves to the world around us.

After I had worked on a medical-surgical unit for about 10 years, I began to realize that the passion and excitement I had for my work when I first started was diminished. It seemed like there were more and more demands and less organizational support, more attention being paid to quality metrics than the personal aspects of patient care – all of which left me exhausted and disheartened at the end of the day. Yes, I was suffering from what author Richard Chang referred to as a “passion deficit” in his book entitled “The Passion Plan at Work.”

So, I decided that it was vital that I renew my passion and if I was to remain a nurse. I took a strong interest survey online to help me identify interests that I may have failed to nourish during my nursing career. Then I made a list of activities and aspects of my job as a nurse at the bedside that I enjoyed. I integrated some of these interests into my work setting by starting a newsletter for nursing staff on my unit, taking a renewed interest in mentoring students and new nurses, and becoming more involved in AMSN.

A key factor to increasing job satisfaction, in my experience, was taking action. Knowing that I was taking steps to achieve a certain goal (increasing my happiness and sense of satisfaction at work) made me feel better and like I was moving forward rather than standing still and letting the passion deficit continue to grow. One way I sought professional fulfillment was through certification. Research has demonstrated that nursing certification promotes feelings of professional accomplishment and growth, validates knowledge in a specialized area and enhances professional credibility and autonomy. I’m currently in the process of recertifying for the third time. I am so proud every time I sign my name professionally and add CMSRN at the end of my title. This is both a personal and professional validation of my continued competencies in the field of medical-surgical nursing. It’s a gift I give to myself as well as a demonstration of my professional credibility.

If you are intrigued and would like to learn more about becoming certified as a medical-surgical nurse (CMSRN), please visit the AMSN website here: There, you can obtain information on the certification process as well as find resources to help you prepare for the certification exam. You can also view videos on the website where certified medical-surgical nurses describe the professional goals they have been able to achieve as a result of their certification. If you need financial assistance getting your certification, you can also visit for more information. AMSN and MSNCB will always be in your corner, helping you realize your personal and professional goals.

Have a wonderful month, and whatever you do, don’t forget to take some time for you.