Federal News

July 22, 2016

ENA Joins Nursing Organizations in Support of Full Practice Authority for APRNs in the VA

On behalf of the 61 undersigned national professional nursing organizations representing the Nursing Community coalition, we write to reiterate our steadfast support for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) Proposed Rule (Federal Register Document Number 2016-12338, RIN 2900-AP44) published on May 25, 2016.

July 12, 2016

ENA Joins Nursing Organizations in Sending Letter in Support of Title VIII Reauthorization Bill Introduced in Senate

On behalf of the 51 undersigned organizations representing the Nursing Community coalition, we write in full support of the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2016, which will reauthorize the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Nursing Workforce Development programs (authorized under Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act [42 U.S.C. 296 et. seq]) through fiscal year 2021.

July 7, 2016 Legislation News

House Overwhelmingly Passes Comprehensive Mental Health Bill

ENA praised the U.S. House of Representatives for overwhelmingly passing comprehensive mental healthcare reform, H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. The bill would make more psychiatric hospital beds available, integrate and connect physical and mental health care providers and provide resources to communities for suicide prevention. In addition, it would allow more patients to be treated in our healthcare system instead of being incarcerated, expand crisis intervention team training for law enforcement and allow families to work with doctors and mental health professionals as part of the care delivery team.

May 10, 2016 Day on the Hill Legislation News

Emergency Nurses Association Urges Lawmakers to Pass Mental Health Reform and Support EMS Administration of Life-Saving Medications

Emergency Nurses Association members are on Capitol Hill advocating for legislation that directly impacts emergency nursing. More than 120 ENA members from across the U.S. are in Washington, DC, urging Congress to support comprehensive reforms to our nation’s mental health system, and legislation that will allow emergency medical services personnel to continue to operate under standing orders to administer controlled substances. May 11 is the association’s annual Day on the Hill event.

April 20, 2016 Legislation News

Emergency Nurses Association Praises Senate for Including KITS in FAA Reauthorization Bill

ENA praises the U.S. Senate for including provisions of the Airplane Kids in Transit Safety (KITS) Act of 2016 in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill. The Senate passed the FAA bill yesterday. The KITS Act would require the FAA to update emergency medical kits on airplanes to ensure they contain appropriate medication and equipment to meet the emergency medical needs of children, including an epinephrine auto-injector.

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