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Your link to shaping the future of nursing and health care for Colorado.

One of the core missions of the Colorado Nurses Association is to influence the daily practice of nursing through working with legislators and shaping healthcare policy. The Government Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP) Committee is just one way that Colorado Nurses Association is able to advocate for you and the needs of your patients.

GAPP members work to develop and introduce legislation that support patient care and improve the practice of nursing throughout the State. GAPP reviews and responds to proposed statutes that impact nursing, and meets with key stakeholders in the health policy arena to highlight and advocate for the issues that affect your ability to deliver care.

In 2008, Colorado Nurses Association and GAPP will be working on new ways to help link you to updated information on the events that impact patients and our practice. The legislative webpage link will host a chart of the bills for current focus and identify the position that Colorado Nurses Association is taking on the legislation. Summaries of key CNA activities will also be posted and will include the Governor's Nurse Workforce and Patient Care Task Force, Advanced Practice legislation, CNAHCA--Healthcare Reform Task Force, and preparations for the Sunset review of the Nurse Practice Act. Please look for these new additions to the webpage.

Do you desire a more active role? The GAPP committee is open to any current member, and two levels of involvement are available:

~Full Committee Membership--Meetings on the 2nd/4th Wednesday evenings from 6-8PM. Phone call in is available for members.

~Bill Reviewer--review proposed bills that impact your specialty to help guide the position that Colorado Nurses Association takes at the Capitol.

Please contact GAPP Chair--Tay Kopanos, DNP, NP at ColoradoNP@msn.com to get connected.
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Title Annotation:Government Affairs & Public Policy Committee
Publication:Colorado Nurse
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U8CO
Date:Dec 1, 2007
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