CMSA Today - Issue 3, 2012 - (Page 22)

MSL Update The Massachusetts Revolution for a Resolution to Obtain MSL BY CAROL A. GLEASON, MM, RN, CRRN, CCM, LRC, BCPC VICE CHAIRMAN CMSA PUBLIC POLICY COMMITTEE iving in a state steeped in history, we fervently believe our time for advocating for multi state licensure (MSL) in Massachusetts is NOW! Our longterm grassroots efforts are beginning to take hold. The Case Management Society of New England (CMSNE) Public Policy Committee members presented testimony to the Joint Committee on Public Health on September 20, 2011, in support of MSL. We were the first called to the table in a day-long hearing of multiple state nursing initiatives before this committee in a standing-roomonly auditorium. There was absolute quiet and attention given to our every word. Some legislators were unaware of the role of case managers, until we gave examples of our practice. Telemonitoring and communication were discussed and we explained nurses may be unaware in which state our patients/clients are located at the time of a call. We gave examples of many patients going to recuperate with family members that live out of state. Even if we call the patient’s cellular phone with our local area code, we could be giving nursing advice across state lines. Our state borders Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine, all of which are members of the NLC. Our efforts resulted in numerous questions from many committee members. We reminded them how many varying New England state residents, international visitors, and our military wounded warriors seek health care in Massachusetts, due to the many specialty services available here. We always care for each person in the same manner, but when taking calls from families, we risk practicing across state lines without a license. At the end of the day-long hearing, we were approached by members of the committee and the legislator who filed HB1493, who asked us to form a Task Force to discuss this bill further to assist them with their decision-making process. L We are encouraging all members of CMSA to visit our Chapter website, www.CMSNE.org, and go to Public Policy Initiatives to register your support. Our testimony, to increase nursing awareness, was also reported in a December 2011 newsletter distributed to all nurses in the state of MA. We have had multiple Task Force meetings. Our most  recent meeting was an hour session with the House  Chairman of the Committee. Members in attendance included representatives from the MA Hospital Association (MHA), the Organization of Nurse Leaders from MA and RI (ONL; formerly the MA Organization of Nursing Executives), CMSNE representatives and lobbyists. Additionally, we have received the support of the MA Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN), who have been kept apprised of all our endeavors and the MA Occupational Health Nurses (OHN), whose 1,000 personmembership is partnering with us. The MA Registered Nurses (MARN, the MA affiliate of ANA) sponsored a Lobby Day at the State House in March 2012 and asked us to be the keynote speakers. Additionally, we plan to reach every nursing organization in Massachusetts to educate and include them in our  quest. Our goal is to continue our grassroots efforts by having our members send emails to their legislators and to the Committee. We are encouraging all members of CMSA to visit our Chapter website, www.CMSNE.org, and go to Public Policy Initiatives to register your support. This would be especially important if you belong to a Compact State to let them know how it works for you. Be sure to include your name, home/email addresses and phone number to be heard. If we continue to educate and motivate nurses to join our “Revolution for a Resolution to Obtain MSL,” our hope is we can all practice without fear of litigation, ensuring not only the safety of all our patients/clients, but the nurses that give their care. We always care for each person in the same manner, but when taking calls from families, we risk practicing across state lines without a  license. 22 CMSA TODAY Issue 3 • 2012 • DIGITAL http://www.CMSNE.org http://www.CMSNE.org http://www.naylornetwork.com/cms-nxt

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CMSA Today - Issue 3, 2012

President's Letter
The Art and Science of Integrated Case Management
Evidence-Based Practice Is an Art, Not Just a Science
Facilitating Change When Change is Hard-The Work of Professional Health & Wellness Coaches
Does Discharge Planning Really Begin at Admission? (Part 3 of 3)
The Massachusetts Revolution for a Resolution to Obtain MSL
CMSA Corporate Partners
Association News
Index of Advertisers

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