Nurses from throughout the state turned out Feb. 1 in Annapolis, Md., to take part in the Maryland Nurses Associations 2010 Nurses Lobby Day.
Organizers welcomed 144 nurses to the event, said MNA President Patricia Travis, RN, PhD, CCRP.
The event coincided with the current session of the Maryland General Assembly.
After a 90-minute training session at an Annapolis hotel, nurses met with their respective legislators.Maryland state delegate Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, RN, was one of more than 100 state legislators to meet with nurses on MNAs Lobby Day.
The MNA, according to Travis, helped nurses set up meetings with 108 delegates and 42 senators.
Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, RN, a Democratic state delegate from Baltimore, was among the numerous legislators to meet with nurses.
Nathan-Pulliam has been a state delegate since 1995. Republican senator Nancy Jacobs, whose 34th District includes Harford and Cecil counties, also met with nurses from her region.From left, Nayna Philipsen, RN, PhD, JD, CFE, and Maryland Nurses Association President Patricia Travis, RN, PhD, CCRP, greet RNs and the 2010 Nurses Lobby Day in Annapolis, Md.
Maryland nurses showed their support for legislation that includes a bill known as Nurse Practitioner: Authority to Practice, which would eliminate a written agreement that must be filed with the boards of nursing and physicians before an NP starts a job and also have NPs solely regulated by the state board of nursing.
Maryland nurses also learned about state legislation to ban the chemical bisphenol A, or BPA, from baby bottles and sippy cups during a discussion with delegate James Hubbard, a Democrat from Prince Georges County.From left, Karen Minorm, CRNP, and Patty Guthrie work at the check-in tables at the 2010 Nurses Lobby Day.
A bill banning BPA was passed by a 46-0 margin by the Maryland Senate last month. It already had been passed by the states House.
Barbara Biedrzycki, CRNP, contributed to this report.