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ike the other case managers with whom
I have had the opportunity to work, I am
passionate about public policy, especially
when it focuses on best practices that have
the potential to better serve clients and
families. This is the case with the National Nurse Act,
a bill that is intended to provide leadership aimed
toward preventing chronic conditions that create a
huge economic, physical and psychosocial toll for
all of us. HR 1651 was introduced in the House on
March 21, 2017, by representatives Eddie Bernice
Johnson (D-TX) and Peter King (R-NY). The Senate
companion bill, S. 1106, was introduced on May 11,
2017 by senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Shelley
Moore Capito (R-WV). This legislation designates the
Chief Nurse Officer of Public Health Service (PHS) to
be known additionally as the National Nurse for Public
Policy. The bill elevates and enhances the position
of CNO to bring visibility to the critical role nursing
occupies in promoting, protecting and advancing the
nation's health. Additionally, this legislation is easy
to understand and can be implemented immediately
without the need for additional allocations.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, the United States is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic. The CDC is reported to have
awarded 28.6 million to help states fight the opioid
overdose epidemic (September 5, 2017). Clearly, our
national nurse is vested in leading the cause to improve
patient safety and combat the epidemic. The CDC is
committed to improving data, strengthening state efforts
and equipping healthcare providers with the data and
tools needed to improve opioid prescribing. The national
nurse is equipped to lead our healthcare providers and
legislators in combating this national crisis.
As of the time of this writing, there are 68 House
co-sponsors and three senators co-sponsoring this bill.
Over 125 organizations have endorsed the National Nurse
Act, including the Case Management Society of America,
the American Nurses Association and the American
Federation of Nurses and Healthcare Professionals.

Jenny Quigley Stickney and Cathy Lodico share a poster on the National
Nurse Act at the Annual CMSA Conference in Austin, Texas last June.

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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
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - 13
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
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - 22
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?
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - 27
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - Past Presidents Corner
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - 29
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - Index of Advertisers
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - cover3
CMSA Today - Issue 1, 2018 - cover4
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