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The Wisconsin Nurse - October 2018

The Wisconsin Nurse - October

VOLUME 4 NUMBER 4 October 2018 The Official Publication of the Nurses Foundation of Wisconsin, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Nurses Association. Delivered to you courtesy of the WNA membership. WNA Welcome By Linda Gobis Four Wisconsin representatives, Neal Cragg, Gail Hanson Brenner, Pam Sandberg and I, travelled to Washington, D.C. in June to attend ANA Hill Day and Membership Assembly. We joined representatives from 48 other states and multiple ANA organizational affiliates to advocate for nurses and discuss current issues facing nurses nationwide. Representative Paul Tonko from New York led off Hill Day with a briefing on the pending Addiction Treatment Access Improvement Act (i.e. opioid related package of bills) that was coming up for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives the following day. He discussed the importance of APRNs being included in the types of providers authorized to prescribe medication-assisted treatment for opioid substance abuse disorder victims. Access to care in both rural areas and across specialties was also highlighted. We then traveled to Capitol Hill and visited the offices of Speaker Ryan, Senators Baldwin and Johnson and Representatives Kind, Pocan, and Gallagher. We talked with all legislators about the Addiction Treatment Access Improvement Act being voted on the following day and why care and treatment should not be limited to just physicians, but rather include APRNs such as NPs, CNMs, CRNAs and other advanced practice nurses. We were delighted when the House passed the opioid package of bills, including care and treatment by APRNs, the following day. While meeting with legislators and/or their staff we also discussed the importance of refunding Title VIII at the same or higher levels, the upcoming nursing faculty shortage and refunding CDC research related to gun safety and potential evidence-based patient interventions. Everyone was engaged, interested ANA 2018 Membership Assembly and supportive of these nursing issues. ANA Membership Assembly began the following day. All of us participated in three dialogue forums. The first was secondary opioid exposure considerations in caring for patients with overdose. i We discussed the overall impact of secondary exposure to chemical agents on nurses and other health care professionals while caring for patients suffering overdoses in emergency situations. A literature review related to nurses' occupational risk of exposure to illicit substances was presented along with scientific, evidence-related recommendations for personal protective equipment. Discussion centered on what the standards of care should be and how organizational policies should be reviewed and revised to protect nurses and other healthcare workers. The second dialogue forum addressed the ANA presidential endorsement process given the current political and electoral environment. ii Specifically, whether endorsement advances the ANA policy agenda and should be continued, or alternatively, other approaches (in lieu of endorsement) that could inform and educate ANA members about Presidential candidates. Discussion included lack of participation by Presidential candidates and lack of candidate recognition of ANA’s endorsement and/or financial support. The final dialogue forum was an ethics debate on the right to die. iii ANA’s position statement on “Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide and Aid in Dying” forbids any participation by nurses in aid in dying, even in states where it is legal. Therefore, a re-evaluation of the position based on the societal changes and increased acceptance of aid in dying was deemed appropriate. Membership Assembly’s diverse input and feedback will be forwarded to the Ethics Advisory Board for future revisions to the position statement. Day two of Membership Assembly began with a Policy Café of small group discussions, such as work place violence and segmentation. An update on the Value Based Pricing Pilot was also presented in anticipation of the pilot ending in 2019. WNA Welcome continued on page 4 WNA President, Linda Gobis, provides remarks during the ANA Dialogue Forum topic, ANA Presidential Endorsement Process. current resident or Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage Paid Princeton, MN Permit No. 14 Membership ...............................2 Wisconsin Nurses Association Updates: Welcome New Members. ..................3 Highlights of the WNA BOD Meeting. .......5 WNA Membership to Consider Proposed Changes to the WNA Bylaws .............. 6-7 WNA Announces the Establishment of the APRN Roundtable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 WNA Presents Friends of Nursing Award to Sen. Devin Lemahieu ......................8 Upcoming Conferences: WNA Dialogue Topics. ...................9-11 Legislative Updates:. ....................... 12 Mutual Interest Groups (MIGs) Updates:. ...13-14 Mentorship Corner. ........................ 15 Healthy Nurse. ............................ 16 Million Hearts. ........................... 16 Nurses Foundation of Wisconsin: ........... 18 ANA Updates. ............................. 19