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Disaster Relief - Message from Tim Porter-O'Grady

September 28, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

An overwhelming number of nurses acted in response to our message about the Texas Nurses Foundation’s appeal for contributions in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Thank you for your generous support. 

With more disasters such as Hurricane Irma affecting our communities this fall, the American Nurses Foundation has now created a broader ‘Disaster Relief’ fund. 

This fund will support nurses in their disaster response and recovery efforts in southeastern Texas, the Virgin Islands, Florida and other states affected by the recent disasters. 

Donate here 

The American Nurses Foundation and the entire ANA Enterprise stand in solidarity with those affected. We encourage you to join with the power of nurses everywhere to help. 

We join you in sending positive thoughts and wishes for strength to nurses and the whole community. Thank you for your help. 


 Tim Porter-O’Grady, DM, EdD, APRN, FAAN 

Chair, Board of Trustees 

American Nurses Foundation


Colorado Nurses Association Board of Directors Election Results

September 25, 2017

Colorado Nurses Association is pleased to announce the 2017 Election Results

Board of Directors

All Board of Director Inquiries may be sent to "[email protected]".

PRESIDENT: Donna Strickland

PRESIDENT-ELECT: Elections 2018


SECRETARY: Carol O'Meara

TREASURER: Linda Stroup


REGION I DIRECTOR: Laura Rosenthal







Director Recent Graduate: Adam Diesi


Nominating Committee:

    Tiffany Curtice

    CJ Cullinan


Colorado eNLC Update

September 19, 2017

Colorado Nurses Association is actively engaged in the proposed legislation for an expedited enactment early in the 2018 legislative session.  The 2018 Colorado Legislative Session begins on Wednesday, January 10, 2018.  Senator Smallwood is currently the active Senate sponsor of the bill to be introduced early in session with hopes of passage prior to January 18, 2018.  In talking with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Colorado RN's licensed prior to July 1, 2017 will be "grandfathered" into the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC).
If you have further questions, we encourage you to review the FAQ's available on the NCBSN website , and/or contact Jim Puente, Director, Nurse Licensure Compact, at [email protected] or Samuel Delp, Program Director State Board of Nursing, at [email protected]

UPDATE: ACA Repeal is Back!

September 19, 2017

Alert! As you have likely heard, renewed ACA repeal efforts have gained steam.  Here is the latest on what is going on and what you can do.


Despite efforts to find bipartisan agreement on stabilizing the Affordable Care Act’s individual insurance markets, President Trump and Republicans in Congress continue to explore opportunities to repeal ACA. Senate Republicans have until the end of the month  to make another attempt on repealing the ACA using the fast track procedure known as reconciliation.

Legislation authored by Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is increasingly gaining traction in the Senate after receiving the endorsement of Senator McCain (R-AZ), a key hold out from the last repeal effort. According to our conversations with the Hill, the bill is now considered a priority by the Congressional Budget Office to score.  However the CBO announced yesterday that they will give a preliminary update next week, but will not release a full score for at least several weeks. The latest iteration was crafted to comply with reconciliation instructions.

In short the bill would:

  • Eliminate ACA's individual and employer mandates.
  • Wipe out ACA subsidize for the purchase of private health plans by millions of low- and middle-income people
  • Eliminate the expansion of Medicaid benefits to millions of poor adults.
  • In its place, Graham-Cassidy would award individual states block grants of money to craft their own health insurance system.
  • Allow states to waive coverage of essential health benefits and a ban on underwriting
  • Net federal spending related to support of health coverage would drop by many billions of dollars.

 Timing and Outlook: 

According to the Senate Parliamentarian, Senate Republicans only have until the end of September to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) using the budget reconciliation bill that passed the House earlier this year. 

Senate Leadership is currently whipping the vote count with Republican lawmakers to gauge its viability. Senator Cassidy recently indicated that 48 or 49 Senators support the proposal. The Senate could take it up early next week. Since the proposal is different from the House passed American Health Care Act (AHCA), it remains unclear if the House would pass this bill but House Freedom Caucus have already indicated some support for the proposal.  

What you can do: Spread the word--share ANA’s alert and social media posts

Out full grassroots list received a click-to-call alert this morning targeting all Senators, and we will be reaching out on our ANA and RNAction Social media accounts to urge nurses to take action and remind lawmakers of our opposition. An accompanying blog post will go up on Capitol Beat later that day to outline the ANA’s opposition to the bill.


Candida auris Health Alert

September 13, 2017

Candida auris is an emerging, multi-drug resistant fungus that has affected hospitalized patients in more than a dozen countries.  Because the yeast is difficult to diagnose, resistant to major antifungals, can linger on fomites, and spreads quickly, it has proven especially problematic.  Access more information and management tools.

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