Jed DeKalb, Chief State Photographer
Nurses Gain Insight Into Health Policy, Legislative Process
Gov. Bill Haslam welcomed more than 1,150 nursing students, faculty and nurses to the Tennessee Nurses Association (TNA) annual Legislative Summit on April 12 at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville.
Nursing students, registered nurses, and nursing faculty from 22 schools of nursing across the state attended the event to learn about becoming more involved in health policy development and the legislative process. Susan Cooper, MSN, RN, Commissioner of the Department of Health, also delivered greetings. The keynote speaker, Karen Daley, PhD, RN, MPH, FAAN, president, American Nurses Association, presented “Health Care at a Turning Point: Seizing the Opportunity.”
Prior to afternoon appointments with Tennessee legislators, Wilhelmina Davis, TNA’s manager of Government Affairs, provided an update on health-related bills introduced in the current General Assembly session. Attendees learned about bills of interest and had the opportunity to discuss the impact of the proposed legislation on the profession of nursing. The attendees received information on how a bill is passed into law, the basics of becoming involved in health policy development, and how to effectively contact legislators.
"Spending time at the legislature is always an eye opening experience for students and nurses alike," said Sharon Adkins, MSN, RN, executive director, TNA. "It is exciting to see their enthusiasm when they realize the role they can play in policy development."
Founded in 1905, TNA is the only full-service professional organization for the state’s 80,000 registered nurses.