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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.”