NATIONAL association of travel Healthcare organizations

Advocacy 

Legislative Priority: National Licensure 

The NATHO Clinical Executive Committee recognized the nursing shortage that has been prevalent for years became an even bigger issue as COVID-19 began to sweep over the country.

This inspired the committee to push harder for the idea of a national licensure model. If this is an idea you back, join us by downloading the Building a Culture of Safety: A National License Model white paper below.

Read it, share it, and advocate for the message.

How can you help?

Look-up Your Lawmaker:

  • To find U.S. Senators who represent you, use the “Find Your Senators” link in the upper left corner of the U.S. Senate website.

  • To find U.S. Representatives who represent you, use the “Find Your Representative” feature on this page of the U.S. House of Representatives website.

Companies can:

  • Include information about the need for a national nursing license and a link to this page in official company internal communications channels. 
  • Invite members of Congress who represent your corporate headquarters and regional offices to meet with corporate/regional leadership. Advocate your company’s support of a national nursing license with them. Provide specific examples of how the current lack of a national license has impacted your company’s ability to mobilize healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and in response to natural disasters.
  • Encourage your corporate communications department to promote the national nursing license model with its media contacts.  Provide statements and interview access with individual healthcare professionals who can share compelling stories about how the current lack of a national license has impacted their ability to mobilize during the COVID-19 pandemic and/or in response to natural disasters.
  • Encourage your corporate communications department to promote the national nursing license model on company social media. Images are provided that can be downloaded and posted for common branding.

Individuals can:

  • Email or call your lawmakers and encourage them to support a national nursing license.
  • Share this information with your colleagues and peers and encourage them to contact their lawmakers. 
  • Download the images provided and post them to social media with a link to this page.
Talking Points

If you have a personal example to share, please share that example with the lawmakers you contact. However, it is not necessary to have an example to share. You may simply use these talking points.  Personal examples should include how the current lack of a national license has impacted you or your company in your ability to mobilize and provide healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic and/or in response to natural disasters.

Please express the following additional talking points with lawmakers. 

  • I strongly encourage you to support legislation enacting a national nursing license.
  • Nursing is integral to the success of any healthcare delivery system, and the ability to move nurses freely from state to state in a crisis is of critical importance.
  • The COVID-19 crisis has taught us that the United States depends on the ability of states to quickly mobilize nurses to hot zones.
  • A national nursing license would remove hurdles that obstruct the ability for licensed healthcare professionals from around the country to mobilize and provide needed medical care in crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and various natural disasters, including hurricanes and tornadoes. 
  • The time for action is now -- the nursing shortage has existed for decades and escalates annually. 

Downloadable Social Media Content

Suggested Language:

      • Facebook/LinkedIn: "After months of COVID-19 and it's far reaching impact on health care systems, staff, and most importantly, patients, it is time for change. We support the idea of a national licensure. Join us in this change."
      • Instagram: "Now is a time for change. COVID-19 has reminded us of the increasingly concerning nursing shortages and the need for a national licensure." 
      • Twitter: "We stand by a national licensure. Join us in this effort and make a difference for nurses, patients, and the country."

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NATIONAL  ASSOCIATION OF TRAVEL HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATIONS

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