NDNA & the Legislative Session - Join us Jan 9th at the Capitol!

Posted about 1 month ago in ADVOCACY

Greetings NDNA Members,

Happy New Year!  

Today the 68th ND Legislative Assembly officially began.  I wanted to reach out to let you know where NDNA stands on advocacy issues this session.

Overall, NDNA will be focusing on Healthcare Worker Safety, Health Equity, and Behavioral Health.  We will be monitoring all bills that are in alignment with our mission as a professional nurses association.  Our mission is to advance the nursing profession by promoting the professional development of nurses, fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the safety and well-being of nurses in the workplace, and by advocating on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.

If you are not aware, NDNA is hosting legislative calls biweekly to monitor nursing priorities across the state as we go through the legislative session.  In addition to NDNA's platform, we are also in the support of a Nursing Immigration Office, a Nursing Shortage Grant/Endowment, a Nursing Education Scholarship Fund Matching Program, Daycare Initiatives, and supporting the ND Board of Nursing's Alternative to Discipline Program.  If you are interested in being a part of these meetings, please email director@ndna.org.  Our next meeting is tomorrow, January 4th. 

We can all start right away to urge support of the Healthcare Workers Bill.  It will start in the House Judiciary Committee.  House Judiciary:  https://www.ndlegis.gov/assembly/68-2023/committees/house/judiciary

Feel free to use the below as a general email template to modify and make your own.  We will also be seeking individuals who are willing to share their PERSONAL experiences with workplace violence as well.  We know that legislators are much more moved by personal testimonies! 

As a Registered Nurse residing in Bismarck, and the Executive Director of the North Dakota (NDNA) Nurses Association, I am writing to you to urge you to support the Healthcare Workers bill to amend and reenact section 12.1-17-01 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to assault on a healthcare facility employee; and to provide a penalty.  

The mission of the North Dakota Nurses Association is to advance the nursing profession by promoting the professional development of nurses, fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the safety and well-being of nurses in the workplace, and advocating on healthcare issues affecting nurses and the public. 

While workplace violence is not uncommon, it is 5 times more prevalent in the healthcare industry. “According to the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Emergency Nurses Association, almost half of emergency physicians and 70% of emergency nurses reported being physically assaulted on the job” (Skog, 2022, para. 1).  Also, in a recent 2022 survey of 2,500 hospital nurses, 48% reported having experienced violence in the workplace, a 31% increase since the year before. (Mensik, 2022, May 5, para. 1). 

The American Nurses Association (ANA) position statement reads, “a safe work environment promotes physical and psychological well-being. If members of the health care team do not feel safe, the work environment is left vulnerable, and everyone’s safety is compromised.”   

Amending the current statute in the North Dakota Century Code is an important protection for all healthcare workers, including nurses. I respectfully ask that you support this legislation.

Sincerely,

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NURSES DAY IS JANUARY 9TH!

NURSES DAY!  To kick off this session and get nurses involved, NDNA is hosting a "Nurses Day at the Legislature" on Monday, Jan 9th, from 9:30-2:30!! All student nurses and nurses are invited and encouraged to attend.  Join us for empowering and amplifying nursing’s voice at the Capitol!  REGISTER NOW

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We will keep the "Advocacy" tab on our website updated with legislative news as the session progresses - so stay tuned!!

Sherri Miller, BS, BSN, RN

Executive Director, NDNA