February 2023

Advocacy & Engagement

NCC and the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action Welcome the 118th Congress
On February 8, the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) and the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action at the Center to Champion Nursing in America held a reception welcoming the 118th Congress. Attendees were joined by congressional staff and four members of Congress, including Reps. Lauren Underwood (D-IL-14), Deborah Ross (D-NC-02), Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA-01), and Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18).

Events & Meetings

The Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) held its last monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 7, 2023.

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NCC Connections

  • Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs (NOVA) will host their Legislative Roundtable on March 10, 2023 from 9:00–11:30 AM (ET) at the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA), 25 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC. For more information, and to register before the March 1st deadline, click here.
  • Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research is accepting nominations for five awards that will be presented at the 30th Annual NightinGala on October 4, 2023. Nomination submissions are due April 10, 2023. To submit a nomination, click here
  • The Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) is hosting their 2023 Pharmacology & Prescribing in Older Adults Conference April 25-29, 2023, in Honolulu, Hawaii. To learn more and register, click here.
  • The Association of Community Health Nursing Educators (ACHNE) and the Association of Public Health Nurses (APHN) are hosting a joint conference June 5-8, 2023, in San Diego, CA. For more information, click here.  
  • The National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers (NFSNWC) will host their 2023 Annual Conference June 12-14, 2023 at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City in Arlington, VA. To register, submit an abstract, or sponsor, click here.

In Case You Missed It…

  • The Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) released the nursing workforce and research brochure for the 118th Congress. To view, click here
  • On February 16, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing titled, “Examining Health Care Workforce Shortages: Where Do We Go From Here?” To watch the full hearing, click here
  • AACN Health Policy Advisory Council (HPAC) published an article in Nursing Outlook titled, “An overview and policy implications of national nurse identifier systems: A call for unity and integration.” To read, click here
  • The Editors at Bloomberg published an opinion article titled, “To End the Nurse Shortage, Start With Nursing Schools.” To read, click here.
  • As we near the end of the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) for COVID-19, the Administration released a PHE Transition Roadmap Factsheet as well as updates on CMS’ Emergencies Page, CMS “What Do I Need to Know?” factsheet, and provider-specific factsheet on COVID-19 waivers and flexibilities.

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, DrPH, MPH, MSN, RN, CNL
Sandra Hurwitch, BSN, RN, DNC, NCSN
Gayle Peterson, RN-BL
Danielle Reese, BSN, RN
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.

Just Released: DCAN’s Advocacy Toolkit – DCAN is excited to release its new advocacy toolkit. It’s an extensive guide on how patients and clinicians can overcome payer resistance.

Sign-on Letters/Advocacy Information