Announcements: Need to Know

Announcements: Need to Know

Coalition for Patient Rights

In response to divisive efforts by the American Medical Association(AMA) and other physician groups to limit the ability of licensed health care professionals to provide care to millions of patients, the newly formed Coalition for Patients’ Rights (CPR) urged all health care professionals to work together to counter the AMA’s actions. In a joint statement endorsed by the American Nurses Association and 23 other health care groups that comprise the coalition, the CPR expressed concern about the negative impact on patients if their ability to seek care from advanced practice nurses, psychologists, nurse midwives, chiropractors, and many other licensed qualified health care providers is limited. For more information about the Coalition for Patients’ Rights, please visit www.patientsrightscoalition.org.

The Arizona Nurse Practitioner Summit

The Arizona State Board of Nursing will present Maintaining Scope – Expanding Competencies Friday, September 29, 2006, at The Conference Center Rio Salado College, For information please visit www.azbn.gov.

Election 2006: Game On!! 1.44 Voters is a Nurse

Arizonans will be electing one senator and eight Congressmen for national offices and for state office, Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State Treasurer, Superintendant of Public Instruction, State Mine Inspector, several Corporation Commissioners, 30 State Senators and 60 State Legislators. There will also be local races, initiatives (issues submitted by citizen petition) and referendums (questions submitted by the Legislature). Voters will also help to elect one U.S. Senator, one U.S Congressman, one AZ Senator and two AZ Legislators. Visit www. congress.org and click on 2006 for more information. Watch the hotline on at www.aznurse.org for a list of candidates endorsed by AzNAPAC.

New Publication Replaces American Journal of Nursing

Beginning October 2006, the ANA will replace the American Journal of Nursing with a new publication, American Nurse Today. This new publication is intended to be a fresh voice in nursing that will promote career advancement, patient care and the profession.

RN Program Admissions, Graduations Up in 2005

A recently released Arizona State Board of Nursing (ASBN) study reveals both good and bad news about Arizona’s nursing shortage. Arizona’s registered nursing program admissions and enrollments as well as numbers of graduates and nurses taking the NCLEX exam increased substantially in 2005. Nursing program enrollment increased 24 percent in 2005, the fourth straight year since 2001. Overall enrollment has increased by 63 percent over the past five years, representing 1,767 nursing students. Graduates from all nursing programs increased 13 percent in 2005. The numbers of potential nursing students either waiting to enter programs or being denied admission into nursing programs also are increasing. The annual report is based on the board’s “systematic and routine collection of nursing program data,” with the goal of assisting the board, nurses and the public in understanding nursing education and enrollments and in setting realistic goals. The report also includes data on graduation rates, NCLEX exam performance, characteristics of graduates and other information. To download a copy of the report, visit www.azhha.org. (AzHHA Weekly Newsletter)

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