Nursing Community letter to Senators of the 114th Congress

January 22, 2015

Dear Representative,

On behalf of the undersigned organizations comprising the Nursing Community coalition, we would like to congratulate you on your successful election and look forward to collaborating with you in the 114 th Congress. The Nursing Community includes 61 national professional nursing associations that builds consensus and advocates on a wide spectrum of policy issues. Our organizations are committed to improving the health and health care of our nation by collaborating to support the education, practice, and research of Registered Nurses (RNs) and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). Collectively, the Nursing Community represents nearly one million nurses, nursing students, and nursing faculty.

Recognizing that nurses have and will continue to play a significant role in healthcare innovations that improve care delivery, our coalition works to support the following principles:

 A robust and diverse nursing workforce is essential to the health of all Americans.

 Nurses are an integral part of the healthcare team, are involved in every aspect of care, and are committed to the patient, their families, and the community.

 The contributions made by the practice and science of nursing are critical to the delivery of high quality, life-saving, preventive, and palliative health care across all care settings, geographic areas, and social determinants of health.

 The services RNs and APRNs provide are linked directly to the availability, cost, and quality of healthcare services.

 Affordable, accessible, high quality health care, and improved health outcomes depends upon a model that is patient-centered and comprehensive, which can be achieved through the full complement of expertise gained from broad-based, inter-professional partnerships.

 Nursing involvement is essential to the development of all aspects of the new healthcare information infrastructure. Nursing data is key to identifying patient outcomes and is essential to identifying required improvements in the delivery of patient care.

We aim to ensure that high quality nursing services are accessible to individuals across all care settings and in every corner of the country. We stand ready to work with you and your staff to improve care delivery models that support a sustainable healthcare system long-term. The Nursing Community recognizes that this endeavor cannot be achieved without strong support for nursing education, research, and practice programs.

If the Nursing Community can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Suzanne Miyamoto, at 202-463-6930 ext. 247 or SMiyamoto@aacn.nche.edu. We also invite you to view the Nursing Community’s recent efforts at http://www.thenursingcommunity.org/. 2

Sincerely,

Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses

American Academy of Ambulatory Care

Nursing American Academy of Nursing

American Assembly for Men in Nursing

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

American Association of Heart Failure Nurses

American Association of Neuroscience Nurses

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination

American Association of Nurse Practitioners

American Association of Occupational Health Nurses

American College of Nurse-Midwives 2

American Nephrology Nurses' Association

American Nurses Association

American Organization of Nurse Executives

American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association

American Psychiatric Nurses Association

American Society for Pain Management Nursing

American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses Association for Radiologic and Imaging Nursing

Association of Community Health Nursing Educators

Association of Nurses in AIDS Care Association of periOperative Registered Nurses

Association of Public Health Nurses

Association of Rehabilitation Nurses

Association of Veterans Affairs Nurse Anesthetists

Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses Commissioned Officers

Association of the U.S. Public Health Service Dermatology Nurses'

Association Developmental Disabilities Nurses

Association Emergency Nurses Association Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses

Association Hospice and Palliative Nurses

Association Infusion Nurses Society International

Association of Forensic Nurses

International Society of Nurses in Genetics

International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses

National American Arab Nurses Association

National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists

National Association of Hispanic Nurses

National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners

National Association of Neonatal Nurses

National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

National Association of School Nurses

National Black Nurses Association

National Council of State Boards of Nursing

National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers

National Gerontological Nursing Association

National Nursing Centers Consortium

National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties

Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs

Oncology Nursing Society

Organization for Associate Degree Nursing

Pediatric Endocrinology Nursing Society

Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association

Public Health Nursing Section, American Public Health Association

Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates

The Quad Council of Public Health Nursing Organizations

Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society

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