Pictured, from left, are Winnie Dolph, MSN, RN, LPNAN advisor and Vice President of the Nebraska Nurse's Association, with students Paula Konruff, Brandy McConnell, Amanda Hasty and Chelsea Worth.
Four student nurses in Mid-Plains Community College’s Licensed Practical Nursing program and LPNAN advisor Winnie Dolph joined more than 350 nurses at a “Day at the Legislature” sponsored by the Nebraska Nurses Association on Feb. 14 in Lincoln.
Students learned about Healthcare Reform and its impact on nursing, the public and hospitals. They also learned how to introduce a bill into the legislature, what bills are before the Unicameral that affect nursing and why it is important to keep track of bills.
According to Dolph, the students also heard from an advanced practice RN who works in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) who introduced a bill allowing APRN’s to be able to order respiratory tests since it was within their scope of practice.
“She talked about how she wrote the bill and which senators she talked to during the procedure to get backing for the bill,” Dolph said. “The bill did pass and is now in effect.”
Dolph said the nursing students had lunch with their senators, however Sen. Tom Hansen was ill and wasn’t able to attend. The students then went over to the Capitol building for a tour.
“All four of our students were very impressed with the Capitol and with the Day at the Legislature,” Dolph said, adding, “None of the students realized that Nebraska is the only state with a Unicameral.”