RISNA to Celebrate National Nurses Week with Legislation 201 at the Rhode Island State House

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island State Nurses Association (RISNA) is pleased to announce it will host Legislation 201: What Every Nurse Needs to Know About the Affordable Care Act. The program, which will take place in the State Room at the Rhode Island Capitol, will offer attendees insights into the policy and practice implications of the Affordable Care Act. Legislation 201 will occur as part of National Nurses Week, an annual celebration of the impact that nurses have on the lives of millions of Americans every day.  The week begins every year on May 6 and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale who popularized nursing as a profession.

Legislation 201 will feature three panelists who will address how the Affordable Care Act affects consumers and health professionals alike. The panelists for the event are: Christie Hager, JD, MPH, Regional Director of the US Department of Health and Human Services based in Boston; Jerome Mayer, Associate Director for Federal Government Relations at the American Nurses Association in Washington, DC; and Pamela McCue, MS, DNPc, CEO of the Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College Charter High School, located in downtown Providence. The presenters will offer their perspectives of the ACA, utilizing their respective expertises to inform attendees of implications for consumers, governments, and nurses.

RISNA’s lobbying team, Hon. John Tassoni and Leonard Lopes, will also speak at the event, offering attendees a legislative brief of RISNA’s advocacy activities over the past year. They will also offer attendees insights into how to become effective advocates at the State level.  Donna Policastro, the Executive Director of RISNA, indicated her excitement for the celebrations and underscored the value of the nursing profession to Rhode Island, stating “Nurses Week is the perfect time to highlight the contributions of nurses while hosting an important discussion on the Affordable Care Act. I am thrilled to welcome Ms. Hager and Mr. Mayer to Rhode Island for this important seminar and I am sure the attendees will benefit greatly from their insights.”

Legislation 201 will take place from noon to 5pm on Wednesday, May 7th followed by RISNA’s Legislative Awards Reception at The Providence Marriott Downtown. To RSVP to either event or for more information, visit risna.org.

The Rhode Island State Nurses Association (RISNA), a constituent member of the American Nurses Association (ANA), is the authority on matters concerning the profession of nursing and nursing practice in the state of Rhode Island. RISNA is dedicated to the promotion, advancement, and protection of nursing thereby improving the quality of and access to health care in Rhode Island.

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