Academic journal article Perspectives in Psychiatric Care

News from the Network of New York Clinical Nurse Specialists in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing

Academic journal article Perspectives in Psychiatric Care

News from the Network of New York Clinical Nurse Specialists in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing

Article excerpt

A face-to-face meeting on January 27, 1999, and a conference call on March 2, 1999, occurred between the NYSNA and representatives of the Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and the Network. The effort to develop an agreement on language for mandatory third-party reimbursement legislation and strategy to promote passage continued. During the January meeting the following was discussed:

* The difficulty and risk defining advanced practice nursing (APRN) within the insurance law; dilemma of defining APRN outside of the education law and allowing another state agency to interpret nursing practice.

* Whether to use the APRN title or define the four APRN titles (NP, NA, Nurse Midwife, CNS).

* Which bill to use as a model for legislation (current NYSNA bill, which requests mandatory third-party reimbursement for all RNs, or NP bill).

* Which group/representatives will draft/revise current bill language.

* Risk that definition of CNS may not satisfy current RNs functioning as CNSs in a variety of clinical settings.

Amy Wysoker (Chair of the AP Functional Unit) stated at the meeting that the NYSNA Advanced Practice Functional Unit would consider which strategy would be most effective (which bill, which titles(s) to include). NYSNA representatives again stated that the organization would support development of a mandatory third party reimbursement bill for APRNs.

During the March conference call slight progress was made on how to proceed regarding the above questions. The Coalition of Nurse Practitioner representatives were recently elected/appointed and did not have knowledge of the past and current work that had been completed by members of the AP group. …

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