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Policy Pulse for Nurses - Week of April 17, 2017

Posted By Wendy Knefelkamp, Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Last Week at the AZ Legislature...

 

 

AzNA tracks bills based on our Public Policy Agenda. This agenda focuses on the health of all Arizonans and the professional practice and work environment of our Arizona nurses.

 

April 17, 2018-

Extra Innings

Last week, Governor Ducey introduced a school safety bill (court orders to remove guns from ‘dangerous' persons and money for school programs) as well as a proposal to provide teachers with a raise (10% this year and two five year increases of 5%). These big proposals with a lot of money at stake threw the Legislature, which was trying to craft a budget, into turmoil. 

 

Waiting Game

 

HB2197 Health professionals; workforce data is being held up in the various machinations of the budget negotiations and still needs to be voted out by the Senate and then proceed to the Governor. 

 

HB2549 controlled substances; dosage limit which would allow NPs with advance pain training to act as medical director at pain clinics is awaiting the Governor's signature. 

 

 

Signed Into Law by Governor

SB1034 committee of reference; standing committee which makes substantial amendments to the sunrise process to expand scope of practice and which AzNA played a substantial role in the negotiations, has been signed into law.

See the Bills AzNA is Tracking

 

Access the Nurses List of Bills to see the full listing of bills AzNA is following this legislative session. These new weekly reports (above) will help summarize some key points from the week before, but it is also helpful for you access the Nurses List of Bills weekly to track the bills that you are passionate about. If you have a question about a specific bill please contact info@aznurse.org. We will triage your question to the appropriate person.

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ANA: Spring Declutter Challenge - Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation

Posted By Wendy Knefelkamp, Monday, April 16, 2018
Spring is the perfect time to tidy up and organize! Regain control over your home and work space in 10 days by participating in Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation's Spring Declutter challenge. Begins Monday, April 23. Sign up by clicking "Yes," under "Ready to Join?" here.

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Kick Off Nurses Week 5K Walk

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 16, 2018

 

Saturday, May 5, 7:00 - 8:30am   |   Papago West Park, Tempe

Grab your hat and water bottle and join us for a 5K walk in celebration of Nurses Week! Bring your friends and family in support of ANA Healthy Nurse/Healthy Nation. We will be giving away a $100 cash card to a nurse at the end of the walk. Meet at the Ramada by Papago West Park, 626 N. Galvin Parkway, Tempe. Parking is limited but there are plenty of spots on the East side with a short walk over. 

RSVP azanchapter30@gmail.com or on FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/214094042507548/

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Maternal Mental Health Day: Need Nurses to Attend

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 16, 2018

Wednesday, May 2  10am   |   Arizona State Capitol, Phoenix

Please consider joining AzNA and Representative Heather Carter (chair of House Health Committee) at the Capitol to recognize World Maternal Mental Health Day. This event starts at 10am and will last about  45-minutes. Please arrive by 9:45am. Press coverage is expected, with several clinical, public and governmental representatives at the podium to highlight the importance of maternal mental health.  The goal is to promote awareness and gain traction for potential future  funding sources to support  this important issue.  For more education on this issue click here.

 

If you are interested in attending to show support please let us know; info@aznurse.org or 480-831-0404

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Policy Pulse for Nurses - Week of April 9, 2018

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 9, 2018

Last Week at the AZ Legislature...

 

 

AzNA tracks bills based on our Public Policy Agenda. This agenda focuses on the health of all Arizonans and the professional practice and work environment of our Arizona nurses.

 

April 9, 2018-

 

Budget, Budget, Budget

As the 53rd Legislature, 2nd Regular Session begins to wind down, the budget is the prime topic of discussion. Non-budget bills are moving slowly through the process until the budget is passed (hopefully sometime this week).

 

The Governor's school safety proposal to increase funds for on-campus police officers, introduced on March 19th, is still being discussed. We are unsure at this time whether it will be taken up in the regular session or warrant a special session like the opioid bill. One thing that we can be sure of; there will be a strong debate by both sides.

 

Dead, but Now Alive!

HB2127 children’s health insurance program died after it passed out of the house because it was never heard in a senate committee. This was an AzNA supported bill and we have not yet given up hope! The language in 2127 has been re-purposed and now appears in the striker SB1087 Notice of program suspension or termination: spending limit. This would add flexibility in the legislature to continue to fund Kid's Care when federal funding decreases and is being held up in the ongoing budget discussions.

 

Tag…You’re It!

These bills originated in the house, passed the house, then the senate, but need to go back to the house for final approval due to a senate amendment.

 

HB2323 schools: inhalers; contracted nurses adds nurses who are contracted (and not just employed) to the list of professionals who can administer inhalers at schools. If approved, it will head to the Governor’s office to be signed.

 

HB2549 controlled substances; dosage limit adds NPs with advanced pain certification as eligible to serve as medical directors of pain clinics. If approved, it will head to the Governor’s office to be signed.

 

Signed Into Law by Governor

HB2085 schools; emergency epinephrine administration adds NPs as prescribers of epinephrine to the statute allowing its administration at schools.

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