We kicked off 2019 Legislative Day at the Embassy Suites in, Downtown Des Moines, with 250 student nurses and nurse leaders in attendance.
Jann Rickfels, INA President was the first to welcome everyone, then turned the presentation over to Mary Behrens, our keynote speaker. Behrens, a nurse for over 55 years, she has experience in nursing as well as legislative experience working as a representative for Wyoming State. She served on the ANA Board of Directors for 8 years, and is part of the ANA volunteer staff for the ANA Advocacy Institute, which just held its 9th training session in Washington D.C.
Behrens is currently working on a chapter for the 8thedition ofPolicy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care.The Chapter is titled“From Sewage Problems to the statehouse- My life as an elected official.”
Later on, INA Lobbyist Jim Obradovich, gave a presentation on the current legislative issues in nursing and encouraged the audience to reach out to their representatives to discuss those issues.
Public Policy Committee also went over how to effectively communicate with legislators. They went through talking points and house bills, as they "refereed" the action! To finish the day, attendees then made their way to the Capitol building and met with senators and legislators, making an impact on behalf of nursing in Iowa. All in all, it was a successful day with great company!