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Colorado Society of Advanced Practice Nurses

Advocacy Opportunity for SIG 30 Members

Posted almost 2 years ago by Stacey Wall

The GAPP committee (Government Affairs and Public Policy) works within the values and framework of the Colorado Nurses Association. The committee actively reviews bills introduced during the legislative session and monitors legislative activity throughout the year. According to the CNA/ GAPP website, it also "drives public policy pertinent to nursing and professional issues...and also informs efforts to revise or review the State of Colorado Nurse Practice.

In order to make GAPP more effective, GAPP has recommended forming CNA Advisory Work Groups. The three work groups will be (1) APRN issues (2) Workplace Advocacy, and (3) Integration of and Access to Care.

CURRENT OPPORTUNITY for SIG 30 members to collaborate with SIG 31 members to be part of this work group. The goal for the APRN work group is to provide expert opinion on APRN issues and present to the GAPP committee. Additional goals include increasing the efficiency of GAPP meetings by having the APRN issues identified and reviewed prior to the meeting, increasing SIG 30/ 31 member engagement, and ongoing legislative influence. The APRN work group is currently being developed with expected meetings by phone with further details to be determined by the work group members. Involvement in the work group does not mandate participation in GAPP meetings. Please contact Stacy Wall, SIG 30 President, Connie McMenamin, SIG 30 Legislative Liaison, or Caiti Collins, SIG 31 President. (Contact us on the ENP site). Please consider this exciting and fun opportunity to get involved and learn the process.

On a similar note, ADVOCACY BOOTCAMP, is being offered by CNA on November 3, 2016. It is a webinar format. It is free for CNA members and $35.00 for non-members. Go to the CNA website for more details. (1.5 CE's and scheduled for 12-1:30).

Thank you for your membership support!

Stacey Wall, President SIG 30