On Wednesday, April 24, 2013, the enhanced National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (CLAS) were released. A series of events were held in Washington, DC in order to celebrate and highlight their release. These events included:
ANA’s annual lobby day provides a unique opportunity for all nurses, from student nurses to APRNS, to speak with one collective voice on the issues that matter most. Whether you are in DC or across the country, mark this day as your chance to reach out to your elected officials and tell YOUR story about key issues such as safe staffing, Title VIII funding, safe patient handling, and home health. This is a great day for veteran nurses to share their expertise and experience with Members of Congress and for new nurses or students to dive into the advocacy world and see what it’s all about. No matter what stage in your career you may be, or what political party you ascribe to, we need your voice!
Marilyn Tavenner, MHA, BSN, RN, cleared the first hurdle on her path to being the first Center for Medicaid and Medicare Administrator in six years. On April 23rd, she was approved, by a strong margin, by the Senate Finance Committee. Unfortunately, the last step, a vote by the full Senate, has been held up due to “a hold” being placed on her vote by Senator Harkin (D-IA). Ms. Tavenner was nominated to head CMS by President Obama in early February. Tavenner joined CMS in February 2010 and became acting administrator in December 2011.
The ANA-PAC Board of Trustees will elect five new members during their meeting in June. The term of office for members of the ANA-PAC Board of Trustees elected during this time frame begins on July 1, 2013 and runs until June 30, 2015. Applications must be received by Friday, May 31, 2013.