February 12, 2015
The General Assembly is in full swing and our lobbyist, Becky Bowers-Lanier, is clearly advocating for the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) role. She saw the exclusion of the psychiatric CNS from Senate bill 1410 regarding crisis intervention and quickly had the language changed to include them. Interestingly, the legislature is entertaining scope of practice for other health disciplines; you may want examine Senate bills 776 and 1244 on the Legislative Information System website (https://leg1.state.va.us/lis.htm). Additionally, several of our members participated in VNA Legislative Day and are learning about the policy making process. As for me, I have made plans to meet with my legislators after the conclusion of the General Assembly to offer nursing’s perspective on the health problems facing Virginians. I encourage you to do so as well.
The APRN work group, organized through VNA’s Virginia Action Coalition” Access to Care” continues to meet either virtually or in person to develop mutual trust. This bodes well as we form plans to actualize The Future of Nursing recommendation of “practicing to the full extent of their education and training.”
As you make plans for the spring, I hope you’ll include the First Annual VACNS conference, which will be held at Centra Health Lynchburg General Hospital on Friday, April 24, 2015. We have two wonderful speakers: our keynote speaker is Ann Hamric PhD, RN, who has entitled her presentation “The Clinical Nurse Specialist as Ethical Leader: Moral Distress and Ethical Practice Environments,” and Maureen Cahill MSN, RN, from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, who will speak on the inclusion of the CNS role in the implementation of the APRN Consensus Model.
Lastly, I am asking for your vote as I seek a position on the Board of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists!
This should be an exciting and fulfilling year at VACNS!
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” Neale Donald Walsch
Institute of Medicine. (2010). The future of nursing: Leading change, advancing health. Retrieved from http://www.iom.edu/~/media/Files/Report%20Files/2010/The-Future-of- Nursing/Future%20of%20Nursing%202010%20Recommendations.pdf
National Council of State Boards of Nursing. (2015). APRN consensus model: The consensus model for APRN regulation, licensure, accreditation, certification and education. Retrieved from https://www.ncsbn.org/736.htm