KSNA 2020-2021 Legislative Platform

As the largest group of health care professionals in any health care unit, nurses have a vital interest in enlightened legislation.  The Kansas State Nurses Association provides leadership for the nursing profession and promotes quality health care for consumers through education, advocacy, and influencing of healthcare policy.

 Nursing Practice and Education

As the professional association for registered nurses, KSNA supports:

  1. Recognition of the KSBN as the sole regulatory authority for professional nursing practice and the provision of adequate funding for the agency.
  2. Representation by KSNA, or their designees, on all interdisciplinary bodies concerned with planning, implementing and evaluating health care services.
  3. Ensuring the composition of the KSBN includes members whose professional qualifications relate to the functional responsibility of the state regulatory agency for nursing practice and nursing education.
  4. Promoting the role and protecting the practice of registered nurses. Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training.
  5. Efforts aimed at addressing an adequate supply of nursing work force include expanding state funding to educate more nurses at all levels of nursing and encourage recruitment and retention in nursing by employers.
  6. Funding for research to maximize nursing’s contribution to health, nursing education programs, nursing faculty salaries, and advanced education for nurses.
  7. Programing efforts that encompass education, prevention, and treatment/interventions related to the opioid crisis.

Workplace Advocacy

As the professional association for registered nurses, KSNA supports:

  1. The right of nurses to official representation on employment matters affecting them as employees and as professional practitioners.
  2. Maintenance of laws germane to the practice of nursing.
  3. Nurse driven staffing ratios that ensure quality patient care.
  4. Enactment of legislation that protects the economic and employment rights of nurses, including their right to advocate for patients.
  5. Policy initiatives to provide education for health care providers in awareness of violence potential, de-escalation methods, actions to take in a violent incident

Consumer Advocacy:

As the professional association for registered nurses, KSNA supports:

  1. Policy that ensures equal access to all health care services and nursing care across the life span for individuals in the state of Kansas.
  2. Establishing, implementing, and maintaining safeguards for the rights of all citizens, especially children, senior citizens, the disabled, and the economically and socially disadvantaged.
  3. Efforts aimed at physical and mental health promotion, early intervention, treatment, and referral.
  4. The ability of individuals to select an appropriate health care provider of their choice.
  5. Initiatives to eliminate substance abuse including tobacco, alcohol, legal, and illegal drugs.
  6. Legislative efforts to fund education and prevention programs and treatment/intervention therapies related to the opioid crisis.

Occupational and Environmental Health

As the professional association for registered nurses, KSNA supports:

  1. Legislation and regulation that promotes workplace safety and promotes occupational and environmental health.
  2. Resources to increase the capacity of nurses to prepare and respond to disasters.
  3. Research and education for the prevention and treatment of occupational and environmental health issues, through evidenced-based health policy initiatives.
  4. Efforts to provide a safe, non-threatening collegial work environment by instituting policy preventing bullying behaviors.

Financing Health Care

As the professional association for registered nurses, KSNA supports:

  1. Funding to provide health care, mental health services, food, and shelter to persons in need.
  2. Funding for state health plans, public health, and public health nursing services.
  3. A health care system that provides quality care, quality of life, and patient safety.
  4. The use of evidence-based cost containment incentives to provide an affordable health care delivery system for all citizens