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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/164242
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Achieving CNS Title Protection In Pennsylvania
Author(s):
Duffy, Melanie
Author Details:
Melanie Duffy, RN, MSN, CCRN, Pinnacle Health System, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, email: nacnsorg@nacns.org
Abstract:
Problem: The Clinical Nurse Specialist is an integral member of the healthcare team. However, as the local, state, and national political climate changes, the CNS is faced with increasing barriers to practice. Purpose: The CNS is in a unique position to network with colleagues to influence political decisions that affect advanced practice nurses. The CNS is well educated and able to articulate the functions of the role that can and should determine practice from a legal perspective. Significance and Justification: Pennsylvania's Nurse Practice Act does not specifically address CNS practice. The lack of statutory and regulatory recognition poses a problem for the independent practitioner. Act 209 of the Insurance Law of PA guarantees reimbursement for practice. Third party reimbursement for services is becoming more difficult to obtain as fewer and fewer insurances cover services from an unrecognized healthcare provider. Conversely, the public pays a high price due to limited access to preventive care and health promotion provided by the CNS. Since the CNS is not recognized in the state, anyone can use the title without having the appropriate educational background. Practice Innovation: A group of advanced practice nurses began to meet in 1995 to effect legislative and regulatory change in PA. Nurse Practitioner issues were addressed first then problems facing the CNS were tackled. Title recognition for the CNS is the most pressing problem. Once the role of the CNS is recognized, specific rules and regulations governing practice can be written. House Bill 1721 granting title recognition to the CNS was introduced into the PA House of Representatives in June, 2003. A grass roots effort was launched to gain political cosponsors and support for the Bill. Evaluation: The politically active CNS's will encourage colleagues throughout the state to begin a letter writing campaign to state representatives to support House Bill 1721. Concomitantly, personal visits to individual legislators will be planned for the Summer, 2003, to explain the role of the CNS and gain support for the Bill. Implications for Practice: The importance of legislative recognition of the CNS cannot be underestimated. The Master's-prepared practitioner will legally be able to use the title, "Clinical Nurse Specialist." Insurance reimbursement will be easier to obtain. Access to quality healthcare will be available to underserved populations as well as to people in an inpatient hospital setting.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2004
Conference Name:
2004 NACNS Conference, Renaissance in CNS Practice: Transforming Nursing in the 21st Century
Conference Host:
NACNS - National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
Conference Location:
San Antonio, Texas, USA
Description:
Conference theme: Renaissance in CNS Practice: Transforming Nursing in the 21st Century, held on March 11 to 13, 2004 in San Antonio, Texas, USA
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleAchieving CNS Title Protection In Pennsylvaniaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorDuffy, Melanieen_US
dc.author.detailsMelanie Duffy, RN, MSN, CCRN, Pinnacle Health System, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, email: nacnsorg@nacns.orgen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/164242-
dc.description.abstractProblem: The Clinical Nurse Specialist is an integral member of the healthcare team. However, as the local, state, and national political climate changes, the CNS is faced with increasing barriers to practice. Purpose: The CNS is in a unique position to network with colleagues to influence political decisions that affect advanced practice nurses. The CNS is well educated and able to articulate the functions of the role that can and should determine practice from a legal perspective. Significance and Justification: Pennsylvania's Nurse Practice Act does not specifically address CNS practice. The lack of statutory and regulatory recognition poses a problem for the independent practitioner. Act 209 of the Insurance Law of PA guarantees reimbursement for practice. Third party reimbursement for services is becoming more difficult to obtain as fewer and fewer insurances cover services from an unrecognized healthcare provider. Conversely, the public pays a high price due to limited access to preventive care and health promotion provided by the CNS. Since the CNS is not recognized in the state, anyone can use the title without having the appropriate educational background. Practice Innovation: A group of advanced practice nurses began to meet in 1995 to effect legislative and regulatory change in PA. Nurse Practitioner issues were addressed first then problems facing the CNS were tackled. Title recognition for the CNS is the most pressing problem. Once the role of the CNS is recognized, specific rules and regulations governing practice can be written. House Bill 1721 granting title recognition to the CNS was introduced into the PA House of Representatives in June, 2003. A grass roots effort was launched to gain political cosponsors and support for the Bill. Evaluation: The politically active CNS's will encourage colleagues throughout the state to begin a letter writing campaign to state representatives to support House Bill 1721. Concomitantly, personal visits to individual legislators will be planned for the Summer, 2003, to explain the role of the CNS and gain support for the Bill. Implications for Practice: The importance of legislative recognition of the CNS cannot be underestimated. The Master's-prepared practitioner will legally be able to use the title, "Clinical Nurse Specialist." Insurance reimbursement will be easier to obtain. Access to quality healthcare will be available to underserved populations as well as to people in an inpatient hospital setting.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:44:41Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:44:41Z-
dc.conference.date2004en_US
dc.conference.name2004 NACNS Conference, Renaissance in CNS Practice: Transforming Nursing in the 21st Centuryen_US
dc.conference.hostNACNS - National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialistsen_US
dc.conference.locationSan Antonio, Texas, USAen_US
dc.descriptionConference theme: Renaissance in CNS Practice: Transforming Nursing in the 21st Century, held on March 11 to 13, 2004 in San Antonio, Texas, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.en_US
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