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Coalition News October 2017

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From The President - October 2017

As we move into fall, your KCNPNM board of directors wanted to take a moment to discuss how we are using your dues. The Coalition has experienced growth each year of our existence. Growth is what we should see, especially as the numbers of APRNs licensed in KY has steadily grown. It’s that growth that has improved our voice in the healthcare community and has placed us at the table with the individuals who make health policy happen. There is significant strength with our numbers. Unfortunately, having our voices heard does not come without a cost. The mission of the Coalition is to empower Kentucky Advanced Practice Registered Nurses in providing quality, accessible and compassionate healthcare through education, leadership and advocacy. Our vision for the future is that Kentucky APRNs will be recognized as full partners and leaders in the development of health policy, provision of quality health care, and advocacy for the people of the Commonwealth. The vast majority of our dues go toward those goals.


We’ve surveyed our members, we’ve done focus groups with them, and then sent that information onto the BOD to deliberate. At the end of those deliberations, here is what we are doing with and for the members of KCNPNM: We are excited to be working on bringing online CE to you. Some programs will be free to members while others will be at a low cost with at least a 33% membership discount. The plan is to bring Kentucky-specific content wherever possible. Simultaneously, we will be undertaking a public awareness campaign on the Opioid Abuse Epidemic. Leadership is committing additional funds and other resources to continue our work on legislation which would remove the requirement for APRNs to hold a CAPA-CS in order to prescribe controlled substances. We will be engaging professionals to do a lot of the heavy-lifting. We are receiving proposals from public relations firms. Already on deck are Sheila Schuster and McCarthy Strategic Solutions to lobby our state representatives and state senators. We have a graphic designer on stand-by. The BOD and Legislative Committee are strategizing. We have an Executive Director coordinating myriad activities around the state. Our visibility and our lobbying power will make a significant impact on our practice autonomy. Even as I write this letter, our opposition works on their campaign to prevent us from accomplishing our goals. Our lobbying team works overtime to give us the best access and seats at the table when issues need to be discussed.


Legislative initiatives are costly. Committing tens of thousands of dollars would be a complete waste if it weren’t backed up by good old-fashioned grassroots advocacy. That’s where you, Kentucky’s APRNs, have to chip in – face-to-face or on the phone/ social media – with your legislators. As they say, “early and often!”


Jessica L. Estes DNP, APRN -


October 2017 Issue of Coalition News

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