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Teri Mills thanks Senator Merkley (OR) following press conference
announcing the introduction of the National Nurse Act.

Many CMSA members were encouraged by our progress during our visit to Capitol Hill in September at CMSA's 2017 Hill Day.
Through our advocacy, we achieved buy-in by numerous congressional members to co-sponsor this bill, including senator Bernie Sanders
from Vermont. The next step is for the Energy and Commerce
Committee to schedule a hearing so that the bill may go before
the House for a vote.
Many nursing leaders, including Anne Llewellyn, RN-BC, MS,
BHSA, CCM, CRRN, nurse advocate, support this bill. When asked
about the bill, Anne stated, "I have followed and actively supported
the National Nurse Act since its inception. Why? Because it makes
sense. Nurses (active and retired) are changing the healthcare delivery
system for the better across the country. The National Nurse Act
would substantiate this process and set an agenda that will improve
health and reduce healthcare costs. It is time for the National Nurse
Act to become law."
EDUCATING CASE MANAGERS
ON THE POLITICAL PROCESS
The Case Management Society of New England's public policy committee
determined it would be a great idea to educate our members on how
a bill becomes a law. Our chapter has been working on the Enhanced
Nurse Compact for the NE states, so the members were exposed to the
need to impact our leaders on Capitol Hill for change in nurse licensure.
Acknowledging that education is paramount to empowering our
fellow case managers, the quest began for a means to educate. It
was decided a poster would be an efficient method to educate our
members on how a bill becomes law. The poster was presented at
the CMSNE annual conference, reaching many case managers and
giving them the tools needed to become proactive and educated in
the political process. Because the poster presented during the CMSNE
conference was a success, the chapter made the decision to share it
at the June CMSA Annual Conference in Austin, Texas.
In addition to these activities, a suggestion was made by the CMSNE
co-chair to report on the National Nurse Act to our chapter members;
our research began to determine how to do so. We accomplished this
goal with Teri Mills, MS, RN, CNE (CMSA member and president of
the National Nursing Network Organization: NNNO), who presented
to our chapter members. Teri is a wealth of knowledge, enthusiasm and someone who knows that political action is accomplished
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through building relationships. Through her tenacity and hard work,
the National Nurse Act was reintroduced.
Teri remarked, "Nurses and case managers have always been terrific
advocates for their patients and families in the hospital and community
settings. However, this is no longer enough. It is crucial we take our voices
to Capitol Hill and our state legislatures, where critical decisions are being
made that not only affect those we care for, but also the care we provide
to them." Teri has inspired many members of CMSA to become active
participants within NNNO, contributing to the success of this campaign.
Moving the National Nurse Act forward is important to our goal of
making an impact on our legislators and educating CMSA members.
Our outreach has made a positive difference in our case managers'
knowledge of the National Nurse Act and the legislative process.
We continue to need help from CMSA's membership. In the past,
CMSA has included the bill in public policy webinars, and members
have spontaneously joined in phone banks to advocate for the bill. We
have sent out broadcast emails asking members to call their legislators
and visit the offices in their districts. During monthly meetings and calls,
many public policy committees provide updates on the progress being
made on the National Nurse Act, enabling us to keep this important
bill in the forefront. A number of CMSA members have joined the
NNNO Advocacy Team as well.
In conclusion, being case managers, we know you are always
looking for ways to help others. Below are some ways to begin your
public policy advocacy:
* Contact your U.S. representative and U.S. senators and ask that
they become co-sponsors of The National Nurse Act of 2017. Visit
the Take Action Page at http://nationalnurse.org for phone call
and letter writing tips.
* Write NNNO Board of Directors (teri@nationalnurse.org) for
talking points and to sign up for the National Newsletter.
* Publish an article about the National Nurse Act of 2017 in your
organization's newsletter to educate others about the bill. (Feel
free to reprint sections of this article.)
* Request professional organizations that you belong to endorse
HR1651 ad S. 1106.
* Follow the campaign on Twitter @aNationalNurse
* Become a fan of the National Nurse Campaign on Facebook. https://
www.facebook.com/groups/11713834270/ ■
Cathy Lodico, RN, MS, CCM, currently serves as a nurse advocate
for the National Nursing Network Organization and
co-chair of the Case Management Society of New
England public policy committee. Cathy worked in
many healthcare settings from hospital, long-term
care and the home care setting. As of August 1,
2016, Cathy retired from Liberty Mutual Insurance
as a manager in the workers' compensation field.
Throughout the last 44+ years Cathy appreciated
working in the healthcare arena and being able to impact the lives of
her patients and co-workers. The last 20+ years before retirement were
spent in case management. Case managers are able to play an important
role in so many aspects of the lives of others. Becoming more politically
active is a choice and a learning experience that has challenged and
assisted her in her personal growth and development. Since retiring,
Cathy enjoys spending more quality time with her husband, children
and 16 grandchildren in New Hampshire and Florida.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018

President’s Letter
Association News
CMSA Corporate Partners
CMSA: Reflection on Achievement and Moving Forward in 2018
Revised Case Management Model Act Promotes National Standards
The National Nurse Act
Changes to the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC): Critical Information for the Nurse Case Manager
The Reflection of a Professional Case Manager: What Do You See in Your Looking Glass?
Past Presidents Corner
Index of Advertisers
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - Intro
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - cover1
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - cover2
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - 3
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - 4
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - 5
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - President’s Letter
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - Association News
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - CMSA Corporate Partners
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - CMSA: Reflection on Achievement and Moving Forward in 2018
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - 10
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - 11
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - Revised Case Management Model Act Promotes National Standards
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CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - 14
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - 15
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - 16
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - 17
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - The National Nurse Act
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - 19
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - 20
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - Changes to the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC): Critical Information for the Nurse Case Manager
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CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - 23
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - 24
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - 25
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - The Reflection of a Professional Case Manager: What Do You See in Your Looking Glass?
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CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - Past Presidents Corner
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CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - Index of Advertisers
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