Louisiana State Nurses'Association (LSNA)
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2010 Legislative Brunch

On March 6, 2010, District IV of the Louisiana State Nurses Association (LSNA) held their first Legislative Brunch at A La Carte restaurant in Lafayette. The purpose of the event was to have the questions and concerns of nurses in the district answered by legislators responsible for shaping health care and nursing policy, present a forum to become familiar with local area lawmakers, and take the initial steps necessary to build a collaborative relationship between the two groups. Of the twenty legislators invited within the seven parish district including Lafayette, Vermilion, Iberia, Acadia, St. Landry, Evangeline, and St. Martin Parishes, one representative attended. Over thirty nurses from the district were in attendance for the program.

 

The event began with Mrs. Lisa Deaton, the LSNA Health Policy Chairperson, speaking to the district nurses about upcoming legislation filed for the 2010 session relating to nursing and healthcare. There were over ten pieces of legislation filed by District IV legislators discussed. She also spoke to two pieces of legislation that the LSNA is working actively to get filed and considered this session. One concerns amending the Nurse Practice Act to include new practices for nurses relative to administering an anesthetic agent in pain management patients. The other involves workplace violence involving nurses and healthcare workers.

 

Representative Fred Mills from Parks, Louisiana, a pharmacist and member of the House Health and Welfare Committee then spoke to the audience. He discussed his background in the House of Representatives, spoke to the upcoming legislative session and what challenges he predicted it would bring, and answered questions posed by the nurses in attendance. He gave insight into what steps were necessary in proposing effective and successful legislation, and urged the group to foster active participation and collaboration within its’ membership. He stated that nursing as a workforce, has the potential to be one of the most influential constituencies, if we are well organized and cohesive as a group.


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