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Editorial
Campaign School for Nurses & Midwives
at Duke University's Sanford
School of Public Policy in Durham,
North Carolina. The event consisted
of 2 days of networking opportunities,
nurse-legislator speakers, and various
educational resources for nurses from
all over the country.
However, nurses need not go that
far to make a difference. One example
of just how impactful an engaged nurse
can be appeared in the February 2023
issue of OR Manager, which covered
an effort by Tracy Hoeft-Hoffman, MSN,
MBA, RN, CASC, to implement 23-hour
recovery rooms after becoming the
administrator of Heartland Surgery
Center, an ambulatory surgery center
(ASC) in Kearney, Nebraska. After years
of failed negotiations with regulators,
Hoeft-Hoffman spearheaded an effort
to present research to the state legislature
and eventually to Nebraska Senator
John Lowe, who agreed to take the
matter to Congress. The final bill allowing
23-hour, 59-minute stays in ASCs
became law in November 2020.
Do you have a similar story to tell?
We would love to hear it. We also are
interested in any ideas for how nurse
leaders can prepare for the 2024
election. Are there specific strategies
healthcare organizations can employ
to facilitate staff getting to the polls
on November 7? What about travel
nurses? What about the patients?
If you are attending the OR Business
Management Conference this month,
find me and say hi! If not, email me at
mdanford@accesintel.com. ORM
-Matt Danford
Reference
Spader C. Making real change: How
nurse leaders can collaborate
with legislators. OR Manager.
2023;39(2): 1, 23-25.
Resources
The following are a few examples of
initiatives and organizations aiming to
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advocate for and increase civic engagement
among US nurses:
* AORN. During the past few years,
the organization has made progress
on issues of specific concern to
perioperative care providers, including
surgical smoke evacuation (regulations
have now been enacted in
15 states); ensuring circulators are
always RNs; and advocating for adequate
nurse-to-patient ratios. www.
aorn.org/get-involved/governmentaffairs
*
The American Nursing Association
(ANA) has a broader focus, as well
as a political action committee that
lobbies Congress directly.
www.rnaction.org
* Vote-ER is dedicated to boosting
civic engagement throughout the
healthcare system. In 2020, the
organization partnered with ANA
to provide nurses with " Ready to
Vote? " lanyards featuring QR codes
leading to voting resources for
colleagues and patients. www.voter.org
*
Nurses Who Vote, a non-partisan
organization founded in 2018, aims
to ensure that at least 2.5 million of
the 4.2 million professionally active
US nurses vote in 2024.
www.nurseswhovote.org
* The Nursing Community Coalition
(NCC) is a consortium of more than
60 nursing organizations that works
directly with government agencies
and lawmakers.
www.thenursingcommunity.org
Other politically active organizations
include the American Association of
Nurse Practitioners (www.aanp.org);
Association of Critical Care Nurses
(www.aacn.org); Oncology Nursing
Society (http://voice.ons.org); National
Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
(www.napnap.org); National
League for Nursing (www.nln.org); and
the American Organization for Nursing
Leadership (www.aonl.org). State and
local groups might also offer resources.
EDITORIAL
ADVISORY BOARD
* Amy L. Bethel, MPA, BSN, RN, NE-BC, Education
Coordinator, OR Business Management
Conference, Des Moines, IA
* Heather David, MSN, CRNP, AGACNP-BC, CSSYB,
Patient Safety Analyst III, ECRI, Plymouth Meeting,
PA
* Brian S. Dawson, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM, System
VP, Perioperative Services, Common Spirit Health,
Denver, CO
* Claire Everson, RN, CNOR, CCAP, Clinical Educator
and Consultant, Bloomfield Hills, MI
* Diane Fecteau, MSA, RN, CASC, NE-BC, Executive
Director, Maine Medical Center Scarborough Surgery
Center, Scarborough, ME
*
Ayumi Fielden, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, CPAN,
Professional Practice Leader, Houston Methodist
Hospital, Houston, TX
* Cynthia Hess, MSN, RN, FNP-C, RT(R)(CT)(ARRT),
Director of Nursing, Northeast Missouri Ambulatory
Surgery Center, Hannibal, MO
* Tracy Hoeft-Hoffman, MBA, MSN, RN, CASC,
Administrator, Heartland Surgery Center, Kearney, NE
* Beverly Kirchner, BSN, RN, CNOR, CASC, Chief Compliance
Officer, SurgeryDirect, Highland Village, TX
* Natasha Luster, MSN, RN, CNOR, Director of
Surgical and Cardiology Services, Wilson Health,
Sidney, OH
*
Casey Orth-Nebitt, MSN, RN, CNOR, Director of
Surgery, Buena Vista Regional Medical Center,
Storm Lake, IA
* Kaye Reiter, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Perioperative
Executive, Denver, CO
* John Rosing, MHA, FACHE, Executive Vice
President and Principal, Patton Healthcare
Consulting, Naperville, IL
* Shawn A. Sefton, MBA, BSN, RN, President, Sefton
Healthcare Advisors, Boston, MA
* Mark R. Staun, Esq., Hartley Law Group PLLC,
Charleston, WV
* Rosemary Welde, MBA, BSN, RN, BCC, Healthcare
Consultant and Coach, Belmont, CA
* Monica Young, MBA, RN, DNP, FACHE, CNOR,
CASC, NEA-BC, VP, Perioperative Services, Thomas
Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
If you would like to get more involved with
OR Manager, please contact Tarsilla Moura,
senior editor, at tmoura@accessintel.com.
We would love to hear from you!
www.ormanager.com
https://www.aorn.org/get-involved/government-affairs https://www.rnaction.org https://www.voter.org https://www.nurseswhovote.org http://www.thenursingcommunity.org https://www.aanp.org https://www.aacn.org https://voice.ons.org https://www.napnap.org https://www.nln.org https://www.aonl.org http://www.ormanager.com

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