October 2022

Advocacy & Engagement

NCC Thanks House Nursing Caucus Co-Chairs for Introducing the ICAN Act
On October 26, fifty-seven members of the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) signed onto a letter thanking House Nursing Congress Co-Chairs, Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA-40) and David Joyce (R-OH-14) for introducing the Improving Care and Access to Nurses (I CAN) Act (H.R. 8812).

Events & Meetings

The Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) held its last monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 4, 2022.

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NCC Connections

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association released their 2022 Workforce Report on the psychiatric-mental health nursing workforce, the first study of its kind. Click here to read this report.

Apply Today: The Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) Ambassador Program application is open until November 18. Click here to learn more and apply.

In Case You Missed It…

  • The National Academy of Medicine published their new National Plan for Health Workforce Well-Being. Click here to read this plan.
  • The National Institute of Nursing Research published two new funding announcements for research projects that help optimize health and advance health equity. Click here and here to learn more and apply. Application deadlines are November 9 and November 21, respectively.

HPASC Projects

  • Support nursing within the Nursing Community
  • Support cancer research, prevention, and education with One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC)
  • Support State  Legislation to  prohibit tanning bed use by Children with The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network ACS CAN
  • Support The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association SUNucate

HPASC Purpose and Objectives

To promote awareness within the DNA of issues and concerns in the area of Health Policy and Advocacy that assists DNA and it’s members to achieve their strategic goal of effectively advocating for members, patients, and the general public by:

1. Increasing membership involvement and understanding in health policy and advocacy efforts.
2. Acting as a resource for information on issues related to health policy and advocacy.
3. Working with members to investigate, consider, report, and act on advocacy issues commensurate with DNA’s Strategic plan.
4. Facilitating membership awareness, discussions, and activities.

Health Policy Advocacy Scanning Council

Blake Bryant, BSN, RN, DNC; Co-Chair
Marie Spinelli LPN; Co-Chair
Elizabeth Fildes, LPN
Maura Flynn, MPP, RN, DNC
Marina Gettas, Dr PH, MPH, MSN c
Sandra Hurwitch, BSN, RN, DNC, NCSN
Gayle Peterson, RN-BL
Nancy Smail, RN,; BOD liaison
Christine Strand, RN

Advocacy Toolkit
The DNA’s Health Policy and Advocacy Committee has partnered with Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP to assemble documents that you can use as a tool to have your voice heard by your local legislation and Washington, DC. We hope this “toolkit” serves as an additional resource for DNA members to better advocate on behalf of their patients. Click on any of the following links to view the resources / templates available for use:

Health Policy Resources
Sample Hill Letter – Title VIII Programs
Sample Letter to the Editor – NP Scope of Practice
Sample Talking Points – UV Treatment Access
Sample Testimony – Indoor Tanning Ban for Minors
Top Ten Tips for Calling Your Members of Congress
Top Ten Tips for Effectively Using a Town Hall Meeting
Top Ten Tip for Writing to Elected Officials

The DNA Advocacy Toolkit was funded through a grant from Stiefel, a GSK company.

News Archives

Past Advocacy Articles

Sign-on Letters/Advocacy Information