Jonel Gomez, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, GNP-BC
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In Texas, House Bill 1310 recently passed the House and Senate. The bill would ban minors under the age of 16.5 from using a tanning bed. Minors 16.5 - 17 would have to obtain in person parental consent. However, for the bill to become law, Governor Rick Perry has to sign it. If signed, it would be the most restrictive law in the country and would certainly make it easier for other states to pass tanning restriction bills. (Similar bills have been introduced in Delaware and Ohio.)
Supporters of the bill believe the tanning industry is getting people to contact the Governor's office to tell him not to sign the bill. Within the next week, they are hoping DNA members in Texas will write letters of support for the bill as well as call the Governor's office to ask him to sign the bill into law. It only takes a minute and it is a toll free number: 1-800-252-9600.
Use this sample letter which you may copy and paste for your convenience.
Delaware and Ohio have tanning bed legislation that will be taken up soon. Here is a chance for DNA members in these states to get involved by supporting the bills. Read more here.
The DNA has recently lent its support to a consensus statement from the Nursing Community that outlines six principles accompanied by specific policy recommendations that illustrate the steps Congress should take to fully recognize and acknowledge the nursing professionâ€™s role in achieving the goals our country seeks in healthcare reform. The consensus statement has been endorsed by 33 national nursing organizations.
Letter to Healthcare Reform Stakeholders (pdf)
Consensus Statment (pdf)
For some, the inauguration of Barack Obama is already a receding memory. Maura Flynn, Co-Chair of the DNA Health Policy and Advocacy Committee, was there and witnessed it first-hand. Now that the viewing stands have been packed away and the confetti swept up, Maura Flynn shares her reflections of the event in her local newspaper. Read about her historical experience here.
Read the letter to Senator Richard Durbin from the nursing community regarding our support for his Troops to Nurse Teachers (TNT) Act of 2008.
Read the Nursing Community Consensus Document on the re-authorization of the Nursing Workforce Development programs authorized under Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA)
Are Your Patients Frustrated with Psoriasis? Ask them to join the Fair Shake Campaign!
On March 2 and 3, 2008, volunteers from across the country will travel to Washington, D.C., for the National Psoriasis Foundation’s fifth annual Capitol Hill Day, where we will ask members of Congress to join the campaign to give psoriasis a Fair Shake.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on May 21 released its guidance document on pandemic influenza preparedness for the health care industry. Entitled Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Guidance for Healthcare Workers and Healthcare Employers, the document includes technical information on infection control and industrial hygiene practices intended to reduce the risk of infection in health care settings.
At a recent forum convened by the public health advocacy group Trust for America's Health (TFAH), panelists addressed the looming threat of a flu pandemic and how best to prepare the Nation. The panel, which included journalists, policy experts, politicians, federal and state health agency officials, and business leaders, came up with more questions than answers, but the group did reach some conclusions.
At a May reception for members of Congress and their legislative assistants, the ANSR (Americans for Nursing Shortage Relief) Alliance released its Consensus Document entitled, Assuring Quality Health Care for the United States: Building and Sustaining an Infrastructure of Qualified Nurses for the Nation.
The first-ever psoriasis legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by U.S. Reps. David Wu (D-Oregon) and Jim Gerlach (R-PA). This is ground breaking legislation which, if passed, calls on the federal government to expand psoriasis research conducted by the National Institutes of Health.
What are your experiences with iPLEDGE? A recent change to the program eliminated a controversial lockout period for males and females of non-childbearing potential. This change is viewed as an improvement; however there are some articles of interest that nurses should read regarding how dermatologists feel about iPLEDGE.
As one of the requirements of the iPLEDGE risk management program, all prescribers and pharmacies must “re-activate” annually to remain in the program and be eligible to continue to prescribe and dispense isotretinoin. We encourage that you â€œre-activateâ€ well in advance of your deadline so as not to delay drug shipments and/or authorization within the system. iPLEDGE has also recently sent out a letter to healthcare providers announcing that the 23 day lock-out period has been eliminated for males and females of non-childbearing potential.
On March 5-9, 2007, in Washington, DC, the American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) will present a Public Policy Institute for Health Professionals. If you are interested in becoming involved in the future of nursing policies, take advantage of this opportunity to network and discuss health care policy, legislation, and practice issues that are critical to advancing Nurse Manager and APN roles while meeting with a multidisciplinary group of health professionals.
Visit the ACNP Web Site for More Information
To the dismay of many of our NP members living in Florida, HB 699, a bill that limits the care by NPs with special restrictions relating to dermatology, was signed on June 22, 2006 by Florida governor, Jeb Bush.