Welcome to the MI-CNS Website!
This is the home page of the Michigan Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (MI-CNS), an affiliate of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. Founded in 2009, the organization is growing; members include practicing CNSs from across the State of Michigan and CNS students enrolled in programs around the State.
Please visit the MI-CNS site regularly for updated information on the practice of clinical nurse specialists in the State of Michigan.
Upcoming Meeting of MI-CNS - March 26, 2013 Mark your calendars for the next meeting of MI-CNS: Tuesday, March 26th, 6:30 – 8:00p, at University of Detroit-Mercy. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available....
Members: Watch your email messages for the MI-CNS Bylaws! Check your email for a message from President Vollman regarding the MI-CNS Bylaws. You will be asked to review and vote on the Bylaws. Your vote is important.
APRN Legislation Update - December 2012
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE SB 481/HB 4774 The APRN task force and their organization members have been working hard this year to get the bill through the Senate Health Policy Committee. We were successful in getting two workgroup meetings and representing our position well in the Senate. We anticipated that the bill would get voted out in lame duck session, but unfortunately organized medicine now says that they have alternative language, and State Senator Jansen being an honest and respectful legislator is willing to hear their language.
Since 2013 will be a new legislative term, both bills will need to be reintroduced, so Senator Jansen plans on reintroducing our bill in January. While the delay is disappointing, we have made major strides in working with the Senators and anticipate it getting through relatively early next year, so we need to continue to work on the legislators in the House of Representatives. We will need a new sponsor since State Representative Lesia Liss lost her bid for reelection after district boundaries were changed in the redistricting, but we have several co-sponsors of the bill that expressed interest to be the bill’s sponsor next year.
Behind the scenes we continue to meet with other stakeholders to garner their support of this bill, and we have since gathered a lot of support and have many supporters outside of nursing. Please continue to meet with your legislators and build your relationship with them. Remember, in politics relationships and patience is what will win this race. Have a happy holiday - we look forward to a fruitful New Year! - Nancy George, Chair, APRN Coalition
*APRN Legislation: Testimony Presented to Senate Health Committee June 6!* On June 6, Denise O'Brien, representing MI-CNS, presented testimony during the Senate Health Committee meeting. Limited to 1 minute of speaking time, Dr. O'Brien focused on the need for Michigan CNS title protection. Senator Mark Jansen,from Senate District 28 representing the Kent County Area (in and around Grand Rapids, sponsored the Senate bill and introduced the testimony. Representatives from the APRN Coalition, MICNP, nurse midwives, and a physician also spoke in support of the legislation. A similar bill has been introduced in the House. The sponsor of the House Bill is Representative Lesia Liss from House District 28 representing Center Line and Warren. The Bill Numbers are HB 4774 and SB 481. The bill language has been posted on the Michigan legislature’s website.
The language of the bill includes the following main points: - A definition of APRNs which includes definitions of Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwife and Clinical Nurse Specialist. - The granting of an APRN license by the Board of Nursing - Including APRN to the list of licensed providers able to prescribe independently - Including APRN to the list of licensed providers able to prescribe physical and speech therapy independently.
The Michigan Legislature is now on summer break. PLEASE take this opportunity to contact and schedule meetings with your Representative and Senator to educate them on your role, discuss the bill(s) and ask for their support. If you have already done so, thank you and consider another visit to remind your legislators of the continuing need for their support.
Information is available on the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners web site (micnp.org) for your review under the Legislative Efforts tab. This area will be updated as new information is available.
MI-CNS leaders continue to participate in the APRN Coalition, working to create legislation to support title protection for Clinical Nurse Specialists in Michigan.
Next meeting of the MI-CNS will be in March - check back for more details and watch your email messages!
The Michigan Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (MI-CNS) was founded in June 2009, becoming an officially recognized affiliate of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) in September 2009.
MI-CNS is an active member of the Coalition of Michigan Organizations of Nursing (COMON).
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