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Lobbying for Quality Patient Care Presented by: New York State Nurses Association Practice and Governmental Affairs Program
Lobbying for Quality Patient Care Learning Objectives: At the completion of this presentation, the nurse will be able to: 1. Define politics, power and lobbying. 2. Participate in basic lobbying activities to advocate for quality patient care. 3. Describe NYSNA’s structure and organizational units for implementing The Legislative Program.
Politics - Power - Lobbying Politics: ◦ Involves power, influence, and authority in interpersonal and intergroup relationships within a defined jurisdiction or territory (Archer & Goehner, 1982) ◦ The allocation of scarce resources (Kalish & Kalish, 1982) Power: A means to achieve your ends.
Political power: The ability to translate any type of power into votes by constituents or actions by a policymaker Money: financial resources People: mobilization of constituents Mission: commitment to the issue Will: focus, perseverance & patience Informational: substantiates your position Media: coverage at all levels. Excerpted from The Non-Profit’s Guide to New York State Policy Makers, published by The Council of Community Services of New York State, Inc.
Politics - Power - Lobbying Lobbying: Activities designed to influence the decisions made by individuals in positions of authority. Basic lobbying activities: Written communication using letters or emails Lobbying visits to the legislator in his or her district office Attendance at NYSNA Lobby Days at the capitol Participation in legislative receptions.
How a Bill Becomes a Law Idea for bill is presented to a potential sponsor Bill is drafted and assigned a bill number Bill is reviewed by committee(s) Bill is debated and voted on by one house. If passed it is sent to the other house Bill is reviewed by committee(s) in second house Bill is debated and voted on by 2nd house. If passed, it is sent to the Governor. Bill is reviewed by Governor Bill is signed into law Bill is vetoed and dies Veto is overriden by 2/3 majority in both houses - bill becomes law or
Lobbying: Getting Your Message Across Effective communication is key Letter writing Electronic mail Lobbying visits
Lobbying: Getting Your Message Across Timing is important too When the bill is introduced When the bill is assigned to committee When the bill is coming to the “floor” After the vote
Effective Communications: Letter Writing One subject per letter Specify your support or opposition to the bill and refer to the issue by bill number. State your position courteously, concisely and back it up with specific statistics or situations. State your request for action clearly. If you are a constituent of the legislator, say so. Sign your name with RN. Send copies of your letter to key legislators and NYSNA
Addresses Governor State Capitol Albany, NY 12224 NYS Senate Honorable ______ NYS Senate Albany, NY 12247 NYS Assembly Honorable ______ NYS Assembly Albany, NY 12248 US Senate Honorable _________ U.S. Senator United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 US House of Representatives Honorable _________ Member of Congress U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515
Effective Communications: Emails Use the bill number in the “subject” heading of your message. Include your “snail mail” address as well as your email address. Sign your full name with RN. Forward your email to NYSNA at firstname.lastname@example.org Keep a copy of the email for yourself. Email addresses: last email@example.com or last firstname.lastname@example.org
Effective Communications: Legislator Visits Know your issue. Know your legislator. Invite interested colleagues. Call in advance for an appointment. Arrive on time. Keep the meeting brief Ask for the action you want
Ask for What You Want To sponsor or co- sponsor a bill To late sponsor a bill To support (or oppose) the bill in committee To speak about the bill in party conference To talk to the Majority Leader or Speaker To speak to the media in favor of a bill To vote for (or against) the bill
After the Lobbying Visit Write a follow up letter Complete an NYSNA Legislator Visit Assessment Tool Monitor for the action you requested. Politely hold the legislator accountable to the promises made.
Lobbying Tools From NYSNA Lobbying Packets ◦ Memoranda on specific bills ◦ Talking points Action Alerts Leg Line: 1-800-724-INFO Web Site: www.nysna.org
The NYSNA Legislative Program Consumer Advocacy and Health Promotion Educational System for Nursing Environment in Which Nursing is Practiced Government Accountability for Health Care Policy and Assuring Quality of Care
NYSNA Council on Legislation Nine members appointed by the NYSNA Board of Directors Nurses with expertise in legislative and political affairs Develops the Legislative Program for recommendation to the Board and the Voting Body Determines degree of support or opposition for a given piece of legislation
The Legislative District Coordinator (LDC) Network Over 100 registered nurses who are contacts for members of the NYS Legislature The LDC is a resource for the legislator concerning health care and nursing Assist NYSNA-PAC in the endorsement of both incumbent and challenger candidates For more information about participating, contact the NYSNA Practice & Governmental Affairs Program
NYSNA Political Action Committee (The PAC) Established in July of 1992. Leadership is vested in an eleven member board of trustees. Supports candidates for state office who will help advance our legislative goals. Funded by RN contributions. Brings our strong, unified voice to the halls of power and decision-making.
What Else Can I Do to Get Involved? NYSNA Legislative Workshop and Reception NYSNA Albany Lobby Day NYSNA Local Lobby Day Organize a “Keep Pace with a Nurse” legislator activity Contribute to the NYSNA-PAC
YOU Can Advance Nursing’s Agenda! Be informed Get involved Stay involved Involve others Vote
Some useful websites http://www.ncsbn.org/ National Council of State Boards of Nursing http://www.ncsbn.org/ http://www.nursingworld.org/ American Nurses Association http://www.nursingworld.org/ http://www.kaisernetwork.org/ Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation – health policy website http://www.kaisernetwork.org/