Category: Statements

Clinical Nurse Specialists Call for Greater Investment in Opioid Crisis

“Last week, President Trump took an important step to address our country’s opioid crisis by allowing public health agencies to redirect existing health resources. By declaring the crisis a public health emergency, the administration sets a tone for national discussion about addiction to opioids. By declaring the crisis a public health issue, the administration is recognizing that addiction is a chronic neurological disorder and needs to be treated as other chronic conditions are.

However, to fully combat the magnitude of this epidemic a significant financial investment is needed so that our nation can expand access to treatment, develop a national prevention strategy and broaden the pool of those eligible to prescribe medications to treat substance use disorders.

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Nurse Leader Commends Reps. Tonko, Luján for Bill to Empower Clinical Nurse Specialists to Prescribe Medication for Opioid Addiction

“America’s opioid epidemic claimed an appalling 64,000 lives in 2016, and just one in five patients who needed treatment received it. With the number of lives lost to opioid addiction growing, the country urgently needs Congress to pass the Addiction Treatment Access Improvement Act – badly needed legislation that can make medication-assisted addiction treatment available to many more people who are in grave danger.

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Clinical Nurse Specialists Echo Nurses’ Need for Balance of Mind, Body and Spirit During National Nurses Week

“The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists is pleased that this year, National Nurses Week is focusing inward on the health and wellbeing of nurses, the largest group of health care professionals.

This year’s theme, Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit, and the designation of 2017 as the Year of the Healthy Nurse is a welcome reminder that nurses need to prioritize their own health to best help model positive health and wellness behaviors.

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The American Health Care Act Threatens Health Care Affordability, Access and Delivery

“By passing the American Health Care Act today, the U.S. House of Representatives are threatening health care affordability, access and delivery for millions of Americans.

As members of the advanced practice nursing community, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists is deeply troubled that the new legislation would allow insurance companies to charge more to those with preexisting conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes or previous injuries, like back or other joint surgery. Also concerning is that the bill would give states the ability to opt out of covering essential health benefits, such as emergency services, maternity and newborn care, mental health and substance use disorders services, prescription drugs, and wellness services and chronic disease management.

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Cuts to Nursing Workforce and Health Programs Would be ‘Shortsighted and Potentially Devastating’

Statement on President Trump’s 2018 Budget Blueprint:

“Last week President Trump proposed shortsighted, potentially devastating cuts to nursing workforce programs in his FY18 budget blueprint. As members of the advanced practice nursing community, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists is troubled that these contractions would drastically reduce the health care workforce’s capacity to serve their patients and communities. The funding cutbacks will exacerbate a shortage of highly educated nurses, just as our country is aging and the need for care is growing.

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Clinical Nurse Specialists Call Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act ‘Good Start’ but Say It Falls Short

“As a member of the Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) supports all meaningful efforts to reduce and prevent opioid addiction. We see the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), signed on Friday by President Obama, as a good start, but this law falls far short of what is really needed.

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