The Regional Health Policy Advocacy (RHPA) Award!
Initiated in 2009, the RHPA Award will recognize one chapter in each region for it's contributions to health policy advocacy. And every member can easily participate in winning this award and help in shaping the national healthcare debate.
A chapter earns RHPA points for every activity completed on the 2009 RHPA Award Criteria (see link below). Many of these activities can be performed by individual members. However, our chapter Health Policy Representative, Debra Kaiser, must know what you have done.
Click on the link below, to see what activities that you as an indvidual chapter member can perform, and once completed, e-mail Debra Kaiser and describe the activity completed and when. Completed activities are retro-active to January 1, 2010. So, if you wrote a letter/e-mail to your congressman last month, e-mail Debra the name of the legislator contacted, the date and the topic to earn RHPA points!
2009 Regional Health Policy Advocacy (RHPA) Award Criteria
If you have any questions about the RHPA Award Criteria or points, please contact Debra Kaiser or any chapter officer.
Follow this link to the ANNA's Legislative Action Center (CapWiz) Legislative Action Center for current issues on the national level, important to the nephrology community:
ANNA's CapWiz Legislative Action Center
Once there, click on "Take Action" and send an e-mail to your elected officials. It's easy and any e-mails/letters sent through this site automatically help our chapter collect points toward the "Regional Health Policy Advocacy" and "Chapter of the Year" awards.
This link leads to the Illinois General Assembly website, to keep track of all the legislative activities occuring in the State of Illinois:
Illinois General Assembly
SIGNIFICANT ILLINOIS NURSING RELATED LAWS:
Nurse Staffing by Patient Acuity (PA 95-0401)
Nurse Staffing by Patient Acuity - Administrative Rules.
Requires every Illinois hospital to implement a written staffing plan aligning patient care needs with registered nurse expertise. Also, every hospital must implement a patient acuity tool to provide guidance in determining additional nursing staff needs in relation to ever-changing patient care acuity. Further requires the establishment of a Nursing Care Committee, comprised of 50% direct care staff nurses to participate in the determination of the written staffing plan, the acuity tool and semi-annual review of the plan's efficiency. This act became effective January 1, 2008.
Nurse Practice Act (PA 95-0639)
Nurse Practice Act - Administrative Rules
Key provisions include: Prohibits retaliation of any nurse who reports unsafe, unethical or illegal healthcare practices or conditions; prohibits a nurse from being deemed a supervisor when delegating nursing activities; Creates a new section specific to nursing delegation that includes -
definition of nursing activity, definition of a task and designation of who can delegate what to whom including medication administration. Combines the APN Board into one Board of Nursing composed of LPNs, RNs and APNs (No physicians); mandates 20 hours of continuing education for RNs and LPNs per licensure cycle; Requires proof of passage of NCLEX before being able to practice as a "license pending nurse." For APNs - replaces the term "Medical Direction" with collaboration and consultation. This act became effective October 5, 2007.
Prohibit Mandated Overtime Law (PA 94-0349)
Prohibit Mandated Overtime Law - Administrative Rules.
Amends the Hospital Licensing Act to prohibit mandatory overtime by nurses and hospital retaliation against any nurse refusing to work mandated overtime. Defines "nurses," "mandated overtime," "unforeseen emergent circumstances," limits to mandated overtime and consecutive hours of off-duty time required following mandated overtime. This act became effective July 28, 2005.
Hospital Report Card Act (PA 93-0563)
Hospital Report Card Act - Administrative Rules.
A hospital-specific act that mandates public disclosure regarding Nursing Coverage and Patient Outcomes. Specific nursing coverage items include: reporting in standardized units reflecting RN, LPN & assistive nursing personnel hours/pt. day, average daily census, average daily hours, vacancy rates, and turnover rates. Specific patient outcomes reported include: surgical site infections, ventilator-associated pneumonia and central line related bloodstream infections. This act became effective January 1, 2004.