Safe Staffing

AMSN Call to Action: Support Safe Staffing and Reauthorize Title 8

  • Posted on: 20 March 2019
  • By: AMSN

AMSN Asks Members to Contact Congress: Support Safe Staffing and Reauthorize Title 8

The time is now to build support for improving patient access to quality care by strengthening nursing education!

Will you take a few moments today and write or call your U.S. Representative and say “support safe patient care, cosponsor HR 728 to reauthorize Title 8”?

Learn: Title 8 is the federal government’s nurse workforce development program, critical to strengthening the nursing profession to provide care for America’s growing and aging population. Below is a link to some additional official detailed information about Title 8.

Title 8: https://www.hrsa.gov/sites/default/files/hrsa/advisory-committees/nursin...

Learn: Below are links to an introductory statement and text of HR 728. AMSN supports this important legislation - now you can take action to express your support too!
Introductory Statement: https://joyce.house.gov/uploads/%20Joyce%20Re-Introduces%20Legislation%2...

HR 728 Text: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/728

Our four-step action plan is here

(1) Act: Here is a link to look up your U.S. Representative.

https://www.house.gov/htbin/findrep

Once you find your representative’s name, click the name, connect to the legislator’s website, and use its “Contact” utility to send your message.

(2) Act: Will you contact your U.S. Representative today?

It’s easy and always best to use your own words. To make it more convenient for you, here is some draft text to consider copying and pasting if your Representative is not one of the more than 40 who have cosponsored HR 728:

SUBJ: Support safe patient care, cosponsor HR 728 to reauthorize Title 8

As your constituent and a member of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nursing (AMSN), I am writing to ask you to cosponsor HR 728, legislation to reauthorize Title 8 nurse workforce development programs.

The 12,000-plus member AMSN is the only national organization fully representing medical-surgical nurses, who provide the kind of care you or a loved one would receive in the hospital. Because ensuring excellent nurse staffing is vital to safe patient care, I join my national organization in supporting reauthorizing nurse workforce development programs of Title 8 of the Public Health Service Act. Congress funded Title 8 at $249 million for 2019 with bipartisan support. But the program’s legislative authorization has expired, and its continuation is vital to health care in our community and around the country. Without reauthorization, its future funding is at risk - and they are needed resources to strengthen and expand nursing education for our aging population.

I hope you will cosponsor HR 728 reauthorizing Title 8 and I look forward to your response.

If you U.S. Representative is one of the more than 40 who have cosponsored HR 728, write and say thank you!

Here’s a draft text to say thanks:

SUBJ: Thank you for cosponsoring HR 728

As your constituent and a member of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nursing (AMSN), I am writing to thank you for cosponsoring HR 728, legislation to reauthorize Title 8 nurse workforce development programs.

The 12,000-plus member AMSN is the only national organization fully representing medical-surgical nurses, who provide the kind of care you or a loved one would receive in the hospital. Because ensuring excellent nurse staffing is vital to safe patient care, I join my national organization in supporting reauthorizing nurse workforce development programs of Title 8 of the Public Health Service Act. Congress funded Title 8 at $249 million for 2019 with bipartisan support.

As you know, the program’s legislative authorization has expired, and its continuation is vital to health care in our community and around the country. Without reauthorization, its future funding is at risk - and they are needed resources to strengthen and expand nursing education for our aging population.

Because the availability of nurses is so critical to health care delivery in our community, I thank you for supporting nurse workforce development by cosponsoring HR 728 reauthorizing Title 8. I look forward to your response.

(3) Feedback: When you get a response, use this AMSN link and form below to let us know.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfB8J847otNsxkFXLXgRkQDz7tNcmiD...

(4) Act: Here is some draft social media text you can use to urge support for Title 8!

Facebook: Join me and @MedSurgNurses in asking your U.S. Representative to support safe staffing for health care and cosponsor #HR728 #Title8. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1exr1Me48UjtfS0qF7u_IfqQZayJ2efXaJVkU...

Determine if your representative has already COSPONSORED Title 8 using the link below.

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/728/cosponsors

Then find your U.S. REP’S OFFICIAL FACEBOOK ADDRESS AND POST IF POSSIBLE: Thanks Rep. [LASTNAME] for supporting safe staffing for health care and cosponsoring #HR728 #Title8! @MedSurgNurses

Twitter: Join me and @MedSurgNurses in asking your U.S. Rep to support safe staffing for #health care and cosponsor #HR728 #Title8. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1exr1Me48UjtfS0qF7u_IfqQZayJ2efXaJVkU...

IF ALREADY COSPONSORED: LOOK UP YOUR U.S. REP’S OFFICIAL TWITTER ADDRESS AND TWEET: Thanks @RepsTwitterAddr for supporting safe staffing for #health care by cosponsoring #HR728 #Title8!

Thank you for your assistance and taking AMSN's Call to Action.

The AMSN Legislative Team

AMSN 2019 Legislative Agenda

  • Posted on: 20 March 2019
  • By: AMSN

AMSN 2019 Legislative Agenda

The following AMSN Legislative Agenda was adopted by the Board of Directors in February 2019.

The CEO has been directed to mobilize appropriate resources at the federal and state levels to carry it out consistent with the AMSN strategic plan and strategic objectives:

● Safe staffing. Advance evidence-based initiatives promoting safe staffing to improve patient health care quality and access, and to reduce health care costs;
● Social determinants of health. Leverage medical-surgical nurses’ roles in patient discharge and transfer processes to advance evidence-based initiatives addressing social determinants of health (SDOH) to improve health and reduce health care costs.
● Nurse workforce development. Promote patient access to high quality health care by supporting reauthorization, improvement and full funding of federal nurse workforce development programs;
● Medical-surgical nurses in leadership. Seek opportunities to successfully place medical-surgical nurses in health care stakeholder advisory bodies and leadership positions at the state and federal levels and within the health care sector.
● Safe workplaces and professional respect. Identify and promote evidence-based strategies that improve workplace safety for medical-surgical nurses and advance their professional recognition.
● Opioid crisis. Promote implementation and funding of the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (P.L. 115-271) and related initiatives at the federal and state levels.