The Florida Nurses Association conducted the 2011 Lobby Days conference March 15 and 16 in Tallahassee. At the conference nurses learned about issues related to nursing and healthcare, reviewed pending legislation and met with state legislators. Learning sessions included FNA Legislative Priorities and Strategies, Harnessing Nurses Political Power, State Employee Issues and Lobbying from Home.FNA members mingle during Lobby Days.
This year, issues of nursing interest include ARNP controlled substance prescribing, RN staffing in hospitals and support of the Florida Center for Nursing.Nursing students from across Florida attended FNAs Lobby Days to learn how they can participate in the legislative process.
ANA President Karen Daly and ANA Associate Director of State Government Affairs Janet Haeble were on hand to meet nurses and legislators, as well as address national healthcare concerns.From left, FNA Executive Director Willa Fuller, RN; Jeanette Bevillacqua, RN; and Leah Nash, director, FNA member services and leadership development, at the 2001 Nurses Retreat.
The FNA also hosted the inaugural 2011 Nurses Retreat Feb. 18-20 in Crystal River. The retreat provided the opportunity for nurses to learn about new graduate topics and nursing topics specific to therapeutic healing. The new grad track included sessions such as advancing education, mentorship and resume/portfolio development. Therapeutic healing learning sessions for seasoned nurses included ortho-bionomy, guided imagery and therapeutic touch. Combined sessions also were offered for all attendees with topics such as BodyTalk, Conflict Resolution and Laughter Yoga.