Students, nurses, faculty hold nurses day on capitol hill at TNA Legislative Summit.
Subject: Nursing services (Rites, ceremonies and celebrations)
Pub Date: 06/22/2010
Publication: Name: Tennessee Nurse Publisher: Tennessee Nurses Association Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Tennessee Nurses Association ISSN: 1055-3134
Issue: Date: Summer, 2010 Source Volume: 73 Source Issue: 2
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Tennessee Geographic Code: 1U6TN Tennessee
Accession Number: 229860987
Full Text: The Tennessee Nurses Association held its annual Legislative Summit on April 13 at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville. More than 1,000 enthusiastic nursing students, registered nurses, and nursing faculty attended the event to learn about becoming politically active and hear from key state and national leaders working to develop health policy.

The TNA Legislative Summit is a unique opportunity to become involved and see students in action meeting with their legislators. Students and faculty from 19 different schools of nursing from across the state attended. Included in information distributed to the attendees this year was a new TNA Legislative Advocacy "How to" Manual, created especially to help educate students about the legislative process and health policy development.

The event included presentations by Sharon Adkins, MSN, RN, TNA Executive Director. Adkins' presentation, The Legislative Process: View Committee Meetings "In Person," included video taken during a House Professional Occupations Subcommittee meeting where testimony was presented to oppose legislation involving advanced practice nurses working in pain management clinics.

Rosalind C. Kurita, RN, former State Senator and Speaker Pro Tem in the Tennessee State Senate, presented A Nurse's Journey to the Policy Table. Kurita served as a State Senator for 12 years and during that time was very active in getting smoking prohibited in Legislative Plaza.

ANA & You: Advancing the Nursing Profession, was presented by Rebecca M. Patton, MSN, RN, CNOR, President of the American Nurses Association. Patton was elected in June 2006, to serve a two-year term as President of the American Nurses Association and then re-elected to a second two-year term in June 2008.

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The concluding session was TNA & You: All Practice is Local presented by Beth Smith, PhD, RN, CCRA, TNA President, and Carole Myers, PhD, RN, Chair of the Tennessee Nurses Political Action Committee (TNPAC).

The sponsor of the 2010 TNA Legislative Summit was Johnson & Johnson's Campaign for Nursing's Future. Exhibitors who provided support for the event included the Vanderbilt School of Nursing; Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University; Tennessee Center for Nursing; Grand Canyon University; University of Phoenix, Nashville Campus; and PerformanceScrubs.com.

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Make plans now to attend next year's TNA Legislative Summit to be held Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville.

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