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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.