A delegation of over 20 ONA members went to Washington DC in mid-June for the ANA House of Delegates (HOD) on June 16-19, 2010. Here is a brief summary of some of the issues discussed in the HOD as well as the awards and election results from the event.
ANA Lobby Day June 16
About 300 RNs went to Capitol Hill to lobby on priority issues of acute care staffing, NP authority to order home health, safe patient handling and nurse staffing. Oregon’s delegation split into two groups with one group meeting with Senator Ron Wydens staff, Senator Wu, and Representative Blumenauer; the other team met with (who) , (who) and Senator Jeff Merkley. Both teams presented and asked for support on ANA’s national nurse staffing legislation (S. safe patient handling, and The results: Senator Merkley has not indicated his support to sponsor S.2814 to give advanced practice nurses authority to admit their patients to home health. Susan King was invited by ANA to meet with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and discuss the same priority issues.
ANA House of Delegates
Bylaws After much controversy and debate in 2008, ANA’s bylaws will contain language supporting a state’s rights and decision to engage in collective bargaining. ANA will remain a labor organization.
Karen Daley was elected as ANA president, Karen Ballard was elected as first Vice President, Kim Armstrong was re-elected to Second Vice President, Oregon's Teresa Stone Secretary. Barbara Crane was re-elected to a staff nurse director position, Rose Marie Martin was elected to a staff nurse director position. These elected candidates were supported by ONA delegates.
||Billy Lindros of Eugene received the ANA Shirley Titus Award, which recognizes contributions to the ANA economic and general welfare program for nurses.|
Action reports including those related to CMA’s were discussed and approved including one that reaffirmed the ANA position that undocumented immigrants should have access to health care services, an amended report on safety and effectiveness of reprocessed single use devices, one on hostility and bullying in the workplace, health literacy, social networking and the nurse, and mentoring programs for novice nurses.
President Barak Obama Address
President Barak Obama attended a portion of the meeting and made a stirring presentation about health care reform including the following quotes:
"Because you know the [healthcare] system so well you have been the fiercest advocates for reform…Nurses have the force of will and common decency. It is my goal to ensure that our health care system is worthy of you….”
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