Legislative Session 2018 - Sine Die Final Update
Good Morning UAPRN,
It is difficult to report this morning that none of the four bills related to nursing passed this session. Although these bills were passed by one or both chambers, ultimately time ran out before differences in bill language could be resolved. Please know that the APRN, Healthcare Workforce, Board of Nursing and the PTIP bills did not go down without a fight. In the next few weeks our leadership and lobbyists will debrief to devise a new strategy to move forward.
The good news is that progress was made. Many legislators are now more aware of the untapped potential of APRNs to improve healthcare in Georgia. Legislative work is a long game. Although we are disappointed in this session, future prospects are great. Our grassroots movement is growing and flourishing because of you.
We want to acknowledge the insanely voluminous and tireless work of our CAPRN leader Dr. Molly Bachtel as well as all legislators that supported our efforts. Please send them a personal thank you. They will be encouraged to continue this work with us!!
So where do we go from here? Most certainly we must remain positive and encouraged. Legislative advocacy is not easy and takes a long time for positive progression. UAPRN is committed to this work indefinitely!!!! We will continue to fight for the citizens of Georgia who deserve optimal healthcare. Additionally, we fight for APRNS to be able to practice at the highest levels of our education, certification and experience. We deserve it!!
Increase your engagement. Stay encouraged and encourage everyone around you to join/support UAPRN and CAPRN. Be inspired and inspire others to be their very best. Although we will continue to face opposition as it threatens and makes others uncomfortable, do not be deterred. We are well on our way moving forward together!!
Your Humble and Always Encouraged UAPRN State President