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Welcome to Legislative Corner

This page is based on one of the most important core functions of our professional association. The Legislative Corner provides healthcare trends and disseminates this information to the membership. Our goal is to assist nurses to work with legislators and candidates to address the issues that are important to nurses and the communities we serve.

Nurses in Washington
Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI):

The Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) provides nurses the opportunity to learn how to influence health care through the legislative and regulatory processes. Participants learn from health policy experts and government officials, network with other nurses, and visit members of Congress. More information available here.

Register Here!

Calling all Leaders (or future leaders):

Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine is sponsored by the National Academy of Medicine. They are currently open for nominations to this unique opportunity.

You can find out more information from the website for: Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine as well as the RWJF Health Policy Fellowship.

Exciting announcement:

House approves workplace violence bill-

11-20-2019: By a bipartisan 251-158 vote, the House passed HR1309

requiring hospitals and nursing homes – via the Occupational Safety and Health Administration – to create, implement and enforce plans to protect their workers, especially nurses and social service workers, from violent and sometimes deadly attacks by patients or their families.


Workplace violence is an epidemic nationwide, and several nursing organizations have been pushing for laws for protection. The bill will now go on to the Senate for approval. Watch for updates.


H.R. 728 the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2019 has unanimously passed in the House!

This success could not have been possible without all of the hard work and our unified voice as the Nursing Community Coalition! Now, onto the Senate! Stay tuned!

The House Bill would help to ensure a robust and diverse nursing pipeline, especially in rural and underserved areas, by reauthorizing the Nursing Workforce Development Programs

We are deeply appreciates the legislation’s sponsor Representative Dave Joyce (R-OH), along with the original cosponsors, Representatives Doris Matsui (D-CA), Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Kathy Castor (D-FL), David McKinley (R-WV), and Lauren Underwood (D-IL) for their unwavering commitment to the nursing profession. In total, 130 bipartisan members of the House cosponsored H.R. 728, which underscores the understanding among federal legislators that health care access, cost, and quality cannot be improved without investing in the nursing workforce

This success would not have been possible without the steadfast dedication of the House Nursing Caucus and the Co-Chairs, Representatives Dave Joyce (R-OH) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), as well as, the Vice Co-Chairs, Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Rodney Davis (R-IL). It is through their hard work that this legislation was able to pass the House.

If you are a constituent of any of these representatives, please reach out to them with our appreciation.

Legislative Basics

Want to stay up to date of bills in the U.S. Congress related to the subject of Nursing? Visit: Nursing Gov.

GovTrack is a website that publishes the status of federal legislation, information about your representative and senators in Congress including voting records, and original research on legislation and congressional oversight & investigations. We’re one of the oldest government transparency websites in the world.

House of Representatives: Find your Representative

Senate: Find your Senator

Important Links:  Legislative Agenda Relevant to Nursing

Title VIII: Nursing Workforce Development Programs

National Institute of Nursing Research: Nursing Research Development

APSNA has agreed to support the following

  • Title VIII Reauthorization and funding
  • U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act- H.R. 7258/ S. 3729
  • Opioid package- H.R 6- Section 3201- allowing for more flexibility and Section 3003 for 5 year authorization

Members are encouraged to bring to our attention opportunities for advocacy. If you are a member of another organization that has a common mission and there are opportunities to develop coalitions that support efforts to improve the practice of pediatric surgical nursing and the quality of care that our patients and families receive please contact us here. APSNA is a member of the Nursing Community which is comprised of over 60 Nursing Organizations. Bills that are being submitted that have relevance to the patients and families we serve may be submitted to the Nursing Community to enlist their support.

Related Links

The APSNA exhibit program is developed to give exhibitors optimum contact with the leaders in pediatric surgical nursing. A detailed prospectus will be available for download shortly. Our Exhibitor Page is under construction -- check often to obtain more details, along with exhibitors already committed to the event, on our Exhibitor Page.

The Nursing Community

Nursing Now - Healthy Campaign

Nursing Organization Alliance

Nurse in Washington Internship: NIWI

National Council of State Boards of Nursing

NCSBN Policy and Government

House of Representatives: Appropriations Committee

Please contact the Director of Practice and Quality—Kim McHard for any input to this page.