Hello to all Missouri APRNs receiving this note,
Have you been able to contact your elected Missouri State Representative or Senator yet? It is relatively simple. The following website (http://www.senate.mo.gov/llookup/leg_lookup.aspx) will allow you to enter your zip code and receive contact information for your elected representatives for the state and federal government. By making a simple and short phone call, you have access to your elected officials.
Last week, I called the available lines for both my Representative and Senator. I was able to make contact with their Legislative Assistants (otherwise known as LAs, many times the scheduling guru behind the official, very important) and explained what I was interested in talking about (no surprise, Nursing and Healthcare in Missouri.) In the process of the discussion, it was explained that I wanted to see what the official’s perceived needs were and in what ways I might be supportive. It was emphasized that I wanted to be supportive where possible, but was also seeking support in some of these areas as well. The LAs for the officials were eager to arrange meeting times in advance of the upcoming gathering on September 15th.
Just as with our own schedules, it is almost always better to plan a little in advance. Take the time to explore your schedule. It does take time to become familiar with our elected officials and what their focus is on and what their knowledge base is. We have to become familiar with the process of interacting on a more direct level with our elected officials, if, we plan on having a greater influence on our individual and state-wide profession of Advanced Practice Nursing.
Best of luck and happy calling! Hope to see you in Jefferson City on September 15th. Please look at the following information regarding the next MONA SIG/MOCAP meeting with the intent to meet in the Capital to talk to elected officials.
LaFevers, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Vice Chair, MOCAP
You are invited to the Missouri Nurses Association APRN-SIG “Lobby Day at the Capitol” and Meeting
WHEN: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH
9:15 a.m. Meet at the Capitol (3rd Floor Rotunda area –West Side)
Noon Lunch on your own
12:30 – 3:00 p.m. APRN-SIG Meeting at the Missouri Family Health Council. As decided at the 7/28/2011 meeting, lunch will not be provided and a speaker is not scheduled to address the group.
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. MOCAP Meeting
RSVP: On or before 9/12/2011 to email@example.com
Lobby Day Details: We will meet with Kyna Iman, MONA Lobbyist, in the 3rd floor rotunda of the Capitol. Assignments will be made that day and talking points will be provided. You are encouraged to contact your Senator and Representative ahead of time to tell them that you are coming and would like to meet with them. If you need assistance to find your Senator or Representative, use the link on the MONA website.
The life blood of any professional organization is it’s members. At this point, the Missouri Nurses Association (MONA) is the only professional nursing organization that is actively paying a Lobbyist to support Missouri Advanced Practice Registered Nurses. You can be a full member of the American Nurses Association which would include membership in MONA or you can simply be a member of MONA without the expense of membership to the national organization. MONA needs your assistance in continuing to provide Lobbying support for Missouri APRNs. Your membership dollars can help support our professional success in Missouri.
Being a member of a professional organization does not necessarily “mean” that you have to pursue an position on the board or active branch (although, if you wanted to, I am certain that Jill Kliethermes would love to hear from you). Membership offers many opportunities for professional development and growth. If given the opportunity, please let MONA know what keeps you interested in maintaining a membership with them or how MONA could serve you better. If you are not a member and have reasons on questions, please bring those to light as well.
If you are a MONA non-member and are reading this letter, please consider at least becoming a member of the Missouri Nurse Association, even if you cannot become a full member to the American Nurses Association. Please go to the MONA website ( http://www.missourinurses.org/index.cfm ) and see what they have to offer. Every member counts in this organization and MOCAP. The site to review membership for MONA is http://www.missourinurses.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=9 .
The following websites could be helpful in a variety of different ways. Please feel free to review and utilize!
Recommendation 2: Expand opportunities for nurses to lead and diffuse collaborative improvement efforts. Private and public funders, health care organizations, nursing education programs, and nursing associations should expand opportunities for nurses to lead and manage collaborative efforts with physicians and other members of the health care team to conduct research and to redesign and improve practice environments and health systems. These entities should also provide opportunities for nurses to diffuse successful practices.
To this end:
• The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation should support the development and evaluation of models of payment and care delivery that use nurses in an expanded and leadership capacity to improve health outcomes and reduce costs. Performance measures should be developed and implemented expeditiously where best practices are evident to reflect the contributions of nurses and ensure better-quality care.
• Private and public funders should collaborate, and when possible pool funds, to advance research on models of care and innovative solutions, including technology, that will enable nurses to contribute to improved health and health care.
• Health care organizations should support and help nurses in taking the lead in developing and adopting innovative, patient-centered care models.
• Health care organizations should engage nurses and other front-line staff to work with developers and manufacturers in the design, development, purchase, implementation, and evaluation of medical and health devices and health information technology products. 3 Report Re comme ndati o ns