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WSNA SAYS WASHINGTON NURSE INVITED TO DISCUSS HEALTH-CARE REFORM WITH HILLARY CLINTON

 SEATTLE, March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Seattle's Shari Fowler, RN, was invited to Washington, D.C., recently for a health-care reform meeting with Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA) said today. Clinton heads the president's health-care reform programs; Fowler is chair of the American Nurses Association's (ANA) Institute on Collective Bargaining and a cabinet member of the WSNA.
 Along with about 30 other ANA volunteers, including ANA President Virginia Trotter Betts, JD, MSN, RN, Fowler answered questions relating to health-care reform and nursing. Fowler said Clinton praised "ANA's Nursing Agenda for Health Care Reform" in her opening remarks, saying she reviewed it and found it very educational. She also said nurses were they key to health-care reform, and wanted to know more about ways public health nurses contribute to America's health and wellness.
 According to Fowler, Clinton agreed with the nurses that successful reform must address access, quality and cost containment simultaneously. In addition, it is imperative to remove anti-competitive barriers that prevent mid-level practitioners (such as nurse practitioners and midwives) from working to their full potential.
 Clinton and her advisors indicated that nurses will be invited to participate in future hearings on health-care reform that will be held in various cities, and that nurses will be asked to participate on health professional advisory panels.
 "I think she's serious about health-care reform," said Fowler. "She believes nurses are crucial to the success of any reform plan."
 Founded in 1908, WSNA is the professional association of and for registered nurses (RNs). Representing about 14,000 RNs, WSNA is also the state's oldest and largest nurses union. The association is dedicated to improving the professionalism of nursing, as well as the health-care environment for Washington citizens. WSNA is part of the American Nurses Association.
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 /CONTACT: Shari Fowler, RN, of Chemnick, Moen & Greenstreet, 206-443-8600; or Dennis Burnside of the Washington State Nurses Association, 206-443-9762/


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