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Thank you to Cathy Lodico MS, RN, CCM for authoring the National Nurse Act that was featured in the January 2018 issue of CMSAtoday. Cathy currently serves as a member of the National Nursing Network Organization Advocacy Team. She is also the co-chair of the Case Management Society of New England public policy committee. Cathy believes that becoming more politically active is a choice and a learning experience that has challenged and assisted her in her personal growth and development.
Public policy and the healthcare environment was the theme for this month’s journal. Cathy writes, “Like the other case managers with who I have had the opportunity to work, I am passionate about public policy, especially when it focuses on best practices that have the potential to better serve clients and families. This is the case with the National Nurse Act, a bill that is intended to provide leadership aimed toward preventing chronic conditions that create a huge economic, physical, and psychosocial toll for all of us.”
Teri Mills MS, RN, CNE ®, President of the National Nursing Network Organization, was quoted in the article, “Nurses and case managers have always been terrific advocates for their patients and families in the hospital and community settings. However, this is no longer enough. It is crucial we take our voices to Capitol Hill and our state legislatures, where critical decision are being made that not only affect those we care for, but also the care we provide to them.”
Please take a look at this article as it provides many easy and practical suggestions on how you can begin your advocacy for this legislation.
Thank you to nurse leader and long-time supporter of the National Nurse Act, Connie Sunderhaus RN-BC, CCM, for incorporating the National Nurse Act into the plenary session she presented earlier this year at the Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC) Symposium. Connie currently is Vice President of CXJ Corporation and managing consultant of the Health Care Group. She has authored articles and presentations for the case management and disease management communities.
Connie's presentation, Public Policy: Things You May Know, Things You May Not Know, and Things You Need to Know was attended by over 500 participants. The majority of her audience was comprised of nurse case managers. Connie believes that as healthcare professionals, case managers have an obligation to understand those legislative policies that impact the care of the population. Her session focused on ways nurses and case managers can bring their voice forward in the legislative process – at the local, state and national levels.
Connie told her audience, “Due to continued communications with my Congressional U.S. Representative in dialogue about healthcare issues, I requested his support of the National Nurse Act. Although this took several attempts, I received notification from his staff that he had indeed become a co-sponsor. Another member of Congress also signed on as a co-sponsor following my conversation and education to him of the importance of the National Nurse Act. He too understood the need for the bill and especially appreciated the intent of promoting wellness as well as the fact that the bill did not require the need for additional governmental funding for implementation.”