Legislative

SUNA Joins Nursing Community in Requesting Fiscal Year 2015 Funding for Nursing Workforce Development Programs, NINR, and NMHCs

SUNA joins the Nursing Community in requesting $251 million for the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Nursing Workforce Development programs (Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act [2 U.S.C. 296 et seq.]), $150 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR, National Institutes of Health), and $20 million for the Nurse-Managed Health Clinics (NMHCs, Title III of the Public Health Service Act) in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS-ED) appropriations bill.

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SUNA Joins Nursing Community in Supporting a Proposed Change that Allows APRNs Full Practice Authority in VHA System

The Nursing Community, including SUNA, requests members of the House of Representatives to refrain from signing a Dear Colleague letter being circulated by Representatives Michael Grimm (R-NY) and Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ), which expresses concerns with a proposed modification to the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) Nursing Handbook. This change would allow Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) full practice authority within the VHA system. The Nursing Community commends the VHA’s proposed recognition of APRNs as full practice providers in the VHA’s Nursing Handbook and believes this will further facilitate timely delivery of high-quality health care to U Service men and women.

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The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health

On October 5, 2010, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a consensus report entitled The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. SUNA believes that all nurses should be aware of this report, its implications for the future of the nursing profession and the health care system, as well as the Future of Nursing Campaign for Action, which was launched in November 2010 following the release of the IOM report.

According to the report, nurses' roles, responsibilities, and education should change significantly to meet the increased demand for care that will be created by health care reform and to advance improvements in America's health system. Because nurses make up the single largest segment of the health care work force and also spend the greatest amount of time in delivering patient care, they have valuable insights and unique abilities to contribute as partners with other health care professionals in improving the quality and safety of care as envisioned in the Affordable Care Act.

The report is the product of a study convened by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the IOM, and is the result of the committee’s review of scientific literature on the nursing profession and a series of public forums to gather insights and evidence from a range of experts.

The report and the Initiative on the Future of Nursing are sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

> Go the Institute of Medicine Web site for additional information and to access the report.

Go to the Future of Nursing Campaign for Action.

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