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GNA Legislative Platform

CONSUMER ADVOCACY

We endorse programs and funding which promote and enable all individuals to achieve optimal quality of life across the continuum. This includes comprehensive health care, education and a safe environment, as well as the basic needs of nutrition and shelter.

  • Appropriateness of nurse staffing as provided in the American Nurses Association’s Principles for Safe Nurse Staffing.
  • The ability of all patients to select a health care provider of their choice.
  • Continued funding for services provided by the state of Georgia to patients, families and vulnerable populations
  • An appropriately prepared public health system for response to disasters, pandemics and other statewide emergencies
  • Initiatives that support family caregivers.
  • Improving access to health care and improving health outcomes

 

WORKFORCE ADVOCACY

We believe that workplace safety of nurses warrants attention and support of programs designed to prevent job-related injuries, bullying, harassment, violence, illnesses and deaths.  GNA promotes health and safety programs in the workplace.

 

  • Awareness and prevention of workplace violence

  • Safe levels of staffing as provided in the American Nurses Association’s Principles for Safe Nurse Staffing, no-fault error reporting, protection from retribution for nurses reporting unsafe patient and work conditions.

    • Includes Fatigue guidelines just published by ANA

    • Substance abuse awareness and prevention programs, and monitoring for nurses with substance use disorder.

 

THEME

Increasing access to care and improving health outcomes for all Georgians

  • Removal of practice barriers, thereby allowing the professional nurse to practice to the full extent of their education and training.
    • Modernization of the Nurse Practice Act and APRN regulation
  • Promote Mandated Medical Emergency Practice Drills in Georgia Schools
    • With approximately 20 percent of Georgians in schools, on school days, medical emergencies will happen.  A practiced emergency response plan will improve outcomes.
  • Verification and standardization of safe staffing in Skilled Nursing facilities and assisted living centers.
    • With Georgia's aging population base, we want to ensure safe staffing to promote public safety.

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