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Presidents Message October 2019
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PRESIDENT"S MESSAGE OCTOBER 2019
Dear colleagues,

The summer months seem like a distant memory and fall is upon us! It has been a busy and exciting few months at ANA Massachusetts and I’d like to provide an update on what our organization has been focused on.

ANA Massachusetts recently hosted several nursing organizations from across the state at a “Round Table” event held at Regis College. The purpose was to come together following a challenging year for our profession to provide updates on what organizations are working on and to identify any opportunities for collaboration. Representatives from the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA), the Organization of Nurse Leaders (ONL), Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), Massachusetts Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MANA), Massachusetts/Rhode Island League for Nursing (MARILN), Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA) and the Massachusetts College of Nurse Practitioners (MCNP) were in attendance for an evening of rich and productive dialogue. Each organization shared their areas of focus and opportunities to work together were identified. It was a fantastic and successful event.

In the month of October, I testified on behalf of ANAMASS at the State House in support of two bills, House Bill 1944, An Act Relative to Nurse Licensure Compact in Massachusetts and HB1941 and SB1345 An Act establishing a commission on quality patient outcomes and professional nursing practice. ANAMASS also supported the SAVE Act to expand Nurse Practitioner scope of practice. This bill, along with the Nurse Licensure compact, has been included in Governor Baker’s healthcare bill, which highlights tremendous support for nursing. We are very thankful to Governor Baker for his support of nursing as well as our healthcare system.

The ANAMASS Health Policy committee hosted and outstanding half day forum at the State House, offering a comprehensive and balanced approach to the topic of Medicare for All. A panel discussion of experts moderated by Barbara Blakeney proved to be informative and thought provoking. Senator Cindy Friedman, Representative Kay Khan, and Senator James Eldridge also provided remarks during the morning which further enhanced the richness of the event.

ANAMASS members also showed up in style to the Massachusetts Health Commission gala and held a networking event for new members looking to become more engaged in the wonderful work of our organization.

Finally, if you have not already received this information, I urge you to check out ANA’s 3rd edition of Revised Principles for Nurse Staffing. For more information, please visit ANA's website,available here.

As the holidays approach, I hope everyone plans to spend some quality time with friends and family. ANAMASS will continue to be hard at work and I will keep you updated on all we are doing. As always, please reach out anytime. We look forward to hearing from you.

Warmly,


Julie Cronin, RN, DNP, OCN
President, ANA Massachusetts


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