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October 2009

Release Date: Oct. 14, 2009ASU Logo

ASU to Host Texas Nurses Association Forum

Local and area nurses and the public are invited to get an up-close look at new legislative issues facing Texas nurses at the 2009 Texas Nurses Association (TNA) Legislative Update on Thursday, Oct. 22, on the Angelo State University Campus.

Dr. Jim Willman, TNA director of governmental affairs, will make a presentation on several new laws enacted by the Texas Legislature during its recent session, and how they affect the state’s nurses. The event is open free to the public and will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in the ASU Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont Drive.

Topics to be discussed include the current nursing shortage, hospital staffing regulations, licensing and disciplinary changes, mandatory overtime, advanced practice nurses, medical errors and whistle-blower protections.

Also slated for possible discussion is the case of two Winkler County nurses who were fired and are being criminally prosecuted after reporting patient care concerns about a local doctor. The Texas Board of Medicine, the American Nurses Association and the Texas Nurses Association have intervened and the nurses have counter-sued for illegal retaliation and violations of due process and civil rights.

All nurses who attend the presentation are eligible for one contact hour of continuing nursing education credit.

For more information, call Dr. Martha Sleutel or Dr. Molly Walker in the ASU Nursing Department at 942-2224.