2017: A Year in Review
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Posted by: Katie Maher
2017 was another monumental year for PCNP! Between rallying for full practice authority, introducing a new educational opportunity for students and recently graduated NPs, and keeping up with educating and communicating with our members, PCNP has had a busy and productive year. Read about some of the exciting things that happened in 2017.
Thank You for Your Support of the PCNP PAC
PCNP's PAC fund helps our organization with the means to support crucial lobbying efforts to ensure a better future for all NPs in Pennsylvania. Special thanks to all of our members who have contributed to the PCNP PAC Fund this year. We have raised a total of $28,000 for the PAC Fund in 2017 that provides support in our continued push for full practice authority. There is still work to be done. PCNP has an upcoming meeting with the Professional Licensure Committee in early 2018. Please consider making a donation of $20.18 to begin the new year and help fight for full practice authority. Make your donation today!
Sen. Bartolotta Introduces SB25
Sen. Camera Bartolotta introduced Senate Bill 25 to improve healthcare quality, increase access, and lower costs for millions of patients. "We are grateful to Sen. Bartolotta for taking the lead on behalf of patients. Many families have come to rely on nurse practitioners for essential healthcare services such as pediatrics, geriatrics, behavioral health, acute care and more." said PCNP President Lorraine Bock. "Everyone agrees that Pennsylvanians deserve the highest-quality care, but current state law limits nurse practitioners' ability to provide it." SB25 would modernize state law by removing a mandate that nurse practitioners obtain written business contracts, called collaborative agreements, from two physicians in order to have a valid license.
Rep. Topper Introduces HB 100
In a continued effort to pass full practice authority in Pennsylvania, Rep. Jesse Topper introduced House Bill 100, the companion bill to Senate Bill 25. "We are extremely grateful to Representative Topper for his continued support for patients. He has been an advocate for quality healthcare in his district and across the state throughout his career," said Lorraine Bock, PCNP President. "Everyone agrees that Pennsylvanians deserve the highest quality care no matter where they live. It's time for our state law to catch up." HB100 will expand access to quality healthcare by eliminating an outdated mandate that nurse practitioners acquire business contracts before they can serve patients. This mandate artificially inflates cost and red tape required for NP practice.
Inaugural Student Symposium
PCNP held its first Student Symposium on Saturday, March 25 at the Penn Stater Hotel in State College. More than 60 students and recent graduates gathered to learn about transitioning into practice, with sessions about collaborative agreements, certification, malpractice, interviewing skills, and more. Thank you to all who attended our first successful conference of this kind! Save the Date for our second Student Symposium on March 24, 2018.
Lobby Day 2017 - Success with the Senate
On Tuesday, April 18, more than 200 nurse practitioners, co-sponsors, and students came together for an overwhelming show of support of SB25 and HB100. An hour after NPs rallied on the Capitol steps, SB25 passed the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee 13 to 2! "We just need to allow nurses to treat patients to the fullest extent of their knowledge, training, and education," Sen. Bartolotta said in a statement. The senator reiterated that nearly 35 percent of Pennsylvanians live in areas without adequate access to a primary care physician.
Thank You to Everyone Who Attended PCNP's 15th Annual Conference
Nurse Practitioners navigated the winds of change in November at the beautiful Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, PA. Attendees networked with fellow NPs while attending educational workshops and sessions. It was an excellent event for NPs to receive necessary ongoing education while learning about the latest going on with the organization and in the commonwealth. Save the date for PCNP's 16th Annual Conference Nov. 1-3, 2018, at the Kalahari Resort & Conference Center in Pocono Manor, PA.
At the conference, a new era started with the Executive Committee. Our fantastic President Lorraine Bock, CNP, FNP-C, ENP-C, FAANP, passed her gavel to PCNP's new President, Adele Caruso, DNP, CRNP! Additionally, Cheryl Schlamb, DNP, CRNP and Lynn Phillips, DNP, FNP-BC, CRNP were sworn in as Vice President and Secretary of PCNP, respectively.
The 2018 Executive Committee (L to R):
Vice President: Cheryl Schlamb, DNP, CRNP
Secretary: Lynn Phillips, DNP, FNP-BC, CRNP
Treasurer: Don Ducher, CNP, ANP-BC, CCRN, CRNP
President: Adele Caruso, DNP, CRNP
Past President: Lorraine Bock, DNP, FNP-C, ENP-C, FAANP
Congratulations to all! Thank you so much to our officers leaving their positions for all their hard work and contributions to PCNP as well: outgoing Past President Mary Verderame, MSN, CRNP and outgoing Secretary Danielle Gibbons, MSN, CRNP.
National Nurse Practitioner Week
PCNP celebrated the nurse practitioner professional with National Nurse Practitioner Week Nov. 12-18. This week offers opportunities to bring recognition to the NP role and increase awareness of the exceptional care given to patients. Gov. Tom Wolf signed a proclamation declaring it National Nurse Practitioner Week. Additionally, the House of Representatives has designated the week in Pennsylvania in recognition of the countless contributions that nurse practitioners have made over the past half-century and will continue to make to the health and well being of the residents of this commonwealth.