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ANA-Vermont Legislative Platform

PRACTICE OF ALL REGISTERED NURSES IN VERMONT

ANA-Vermont supports:

  • The protection of the public and the integrity of the nursing profession by assuring that only licensed registered nurses (RNs) are the qualified providers in delivering professional nursing care.
  • Individual professional licensure of all RNs and opposes the granting of licensure waivers and institutional licensure.
  • Recognition of the Vermont State Board of Nursing (VSBON) as the regulating body for the practice of RNs including all advanced practice registered nurses (APRN)
  • Elimination of practice barriers and opposition to legislation restrictive to nursing practice
  • Evaluation of proposed legislation and regulatory issues and their effect on nursing practice and the quality of health care delivery
  • The full scope of practice permitted under Vermont's Nurse Practice Act for RNs
  • Mechanisms for recognizing and expanding nursing practice
  • Opposition to inappropriate personnel substitution for licensed RNs
  • Opposition to legislation which impinges on the ethical practice of nursing as defined by the Code for Nurses
  • Peer assistance programs in Vermont for impaired registered nurses
  • The availability of affordable professional liability insurance for registered and advanced practice registered nurses
  • Reimbursement from all payor sources for services rendered by licensed registered nurses.
  • The ability of RNs to achieve equitable compensation and benefits.
     

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ACCESS TO QUALITY HEALTH CARE

ANA-Vermont supports:

  • A health system that provides equitable, affordable access of all persons to quality acute, preventive, and chronic services
  • Direct access to services provided by professional nurses
  • Access to a full range of qualified health care providers in a wide variety of delivery arrangements
  • Regulations that require health insurance providers to truthfully and adequately educate consumers regarding coverage
  • Regulations to prohibit insurance carriers from limiting information shared between health care provider and client
  • Provision of a continuum of quality community based long term care services to include non-institutional health care options and informal care givers
  • Consumer self-determination and choice

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HUMAN RIGHTS

ANA-Vermont supports:

  • Health care as a human right
  • The basic right of all people to equity under the law regardless of race, creed, color, gender, age, physical disability, lifestyle or sexual orientation
  • A health care system in which services are provided in a manner that recognizes, values, and accommodates the differences among people
  • The right of each individual to make informed choices about all aspects of his/her health care
  • The right of women to self determination and personal choice including the alternative of abortion
  • Access to a full range of reproductive services for all persons, including adolescents, regardless of economic status
  • Civil and human rights, and access to quality health services for people with HIV or AIDS
  • Access to quality health services for those whose health care needs have been neglected or under served, including, but not limited to persons:
    1. In rural areas
    2. Denied insurance due to preexisting conditions
    3. Deprived economically
    4. Without insurance due to employment changes
    5. Children and pregnant women
  • Appropriations providing all persons with adequate housing, nutrition, education, and a safe environment

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HEALTH PROMOTION

ANA-Vermont supports:

  • Holistic, preventive, acute, and long-term health care services as part of a health system that encourages disease prevention and health promotion for all members of society
  • A safe environment through support of clean air and water, and management of waste including medical, nuclear, and chemical, and pesticidal.
  • Prevention and treatment of substance abuse
  • A united effort against the health hazards of tobacco use
  • Screening programs for early detection and treatment of disease
  • Mandated access to school nurses by students in public education and inclusion of school nurse health screenings as part of the initiation of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
  • Programs for abatement of violence including education, prevention and recovery
     

WORKPLACE ISSUES

ANA-Vermont supports:

  • Protection of the health and safety of all RNs in their practice environment
  • Prohibition of gender-based wage discrimination
  • Prohibition of age discrimination in the workplace
  • Provision of adequate treatment and rehabilitation for nurses with illness or injuries sustained on the job
  • The right of RNs to establish professional provider bargaining groups permitting access to health planning group activities in Vermont
  • Inclusion of nurses in all relevant policy planning and implementation
    Nurses right to organize and bargain collectively
  • Maintaining and strengthening labor, antitrust, and anti-discrimination laws
  • Protection of "whistle blowers"

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