Nursing

Nurses 4 Nancy Fundraiser

Assembly Republican Whip Nancy Muñoz met with nurses across D-21 and the State at Rockin’ Joe’s in Westfield on Saturday, August 5th!  Judith Schmidt, CEO NJSNA, Varsha Singh and Suzanne Drake, volunteers extraordinaire; and Mary Ellen Levine, NJSNA were all in attendance. Assemblywoman Muñoz was delighted to have a chance to meet many members of the most respected profession!

Nurses for Nancy Will Hold a Fundraiser for Assembly Minority Whip Nancy Muñoz

August 5th, 2017 from 9 AM to 11 AM

Rockin’ Joe Coffeehouse & Bistro

20 Prospect Street, Westfield, NJ 07090

Gov. signs Muñoz bills ensuring better delivery of healthcare

TRENTON, N.J. – Three bills sponsored by Assemblywoman Nancy F. Muñoz improving healthcare for New Jersey residents have been signed by Gov. Chris Christie.

The first bill (S2058/A671) adds two nurse educators to the state Board of Nursing, which licenses and regulates the nursing profession. The nurses must be RNs, have a least five years’ nursing experience and have taught registered nurses.

“As the delivery of healthcare continues to change, the way nursing students are educated needs to evolve as well,” said Muñoz (R-Union). “We must constantly rethink teaching methods to better prepare today’s nursing students for the increasing complexity of health care demands. Giving nurse educators a voice on the board will help us provide students with a thorough and comprehensive nursing education.”

The second measure (S2331/A3962) creates a tuition reimbursement program for psychiatrists who work in underserved areas of the state.

“The lack of access to psychiatric care in New Jersey is an alarming problem that has been going on for years and is growing worse. There aren’t enough psychiatrists to meet the demand for their services and, for individuals fortunate to get an appointment, the wait times can be one to two months or longer. That isn’t acceptable,” Muñoz said. “This measure won’t solve the crisis, but it’s a good starting point. Providing tuition reimbursement will allow us to begin to create an environment where behavioral health care providers will want to practice in our state.

New Jersey provides tuition reimbursement programs for primary care physicians and dentists to promote access to primary care services in medically underserved areas. It also administers the nursing faculty loan redemption program that was established to address the current and projected critical shortage of nurse faculty.

The third bill (S1295/A3701) ensures more stringent regulation of licensed respiratory care professionals who perform a variety of therapies and diagnostic tests to aid physicians in determining proper treatment for cardio-respiratory conditions.

MUÑOZ HOSTS KEAN UNIVERSITY ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Assemblywoman Nancy F. Muñoz, R-Union, Morris and Somerset, led a panel discussion today on domestic violence hosted by Kean University’s Center for History, Politics, & Policy. Muñoz organized the roundtable which included leading nursing organizations, practitioners and professors. The group discussed the education and role of nurses in dealing with domestic violence.“I am committed to addressing the issue of domestic violence and its far reaching effects on our society. I understand the unique and important position nurses occupy in our health system,” said Muñoz. “I want victims of domestic violence to know that they can openly discuss this issue with any nurse. The exchange of information and approaches used in counseling victims is a tremendous benefit for both nurses and those they treat.”

The roundtable included the following organizations: New Jersey League of Nursing; New Jersey State Nurses Association; Society of Psychiatric APN’s; New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault; New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women; New Jersey State School Nurses Association; Kean University School of Nursing; Rutgers University School of Nursing; Barnabas Health; and St. Joseph’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center.

MUÑOZ RESOLUTION DESIGNATING JULY 1 AS ‘ U.S. CADET NURSE CORPS DAY’ APPROVED BY GENERAL ASSEMBLY

A resolution sponsored by Assembly Republican Nancy F. Muñoz memorializing the contributions of the women in the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps earned approval yesterday from the General Assembly. Muñoz’s resolution, AJR-84, designates July 1 of every year as “U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Day.”

“The Cadet Nurse Corps paved the way for improvements in educational standards and training,” said Muñoz, R-Union, Morris and Somerset. “By opening the nursing careers to more than 124,000 young women when there was a desperate need for nursing, the program changed the face of nursing in the United States.”

American nursing schools, which previously only accepted white students, were integrated by the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps, which recruited thousands of African-American women nurses.

“During the war, with so many nurses committed to military service, there was a critical shortage of skilled nurses on the home front. Within two years of the formation of the corps, Cadet Nurses accounted for 80 percent of American nursing care. These young nurses were World War II heroes in every sense. We should celebrate their efforts and preserve their memory,” said Muñoz, noting that her mother was a Cadet Nurse, trained in one of the final classes at the end of World War II.

GOV. SIGNS MUÑOZ BILL ALLOWING APNS TO DETERMINE CAUSE OF DEATH

Legislation Assembly Deputy Republican Leader Nancy F. Muñoz sponsors to allow an attending advanced nurse practitioner (APN) to determine their patients’ cause of death was signed into law today by Gov. Christie.

“As the patient’s primary treating health professional, the APN is often with the patient at time of death which is a very emotional time for family members,” said Muñoz, R-Union, Morris and Somerset. “APNs are trained professionals who are licensed to treat, order tests, make referrals to surgeons, diagnose and manage long-term illnesses. It’s not only appropriate, it’s common sense to allow the attending APN to make such a call. This new law will help families move forward.”

The bill, A-1319/S-1152, allows an APN to determine the cause of death and execute the death certification of a patient when the nurse is the patient’s primary caregiver and the collaborating physician is not available.

MUÑOZ BILL ALLOWING APNS TO DETERMINE CAUSE OF DEATH ADVANCES

Legislation Assembly Deputy Republican Leader Nancy F. Muñoz sponsors that will allow an attending advanced nurse practitioner (APN) to determine their patients’ cause of death today won General Assembly approval.

“As the patient’s primary treating health professional, the APN is often with the patient at time of death which is a very emotional time for family members,” said Muñoz, R-Union, Morris and Somerset. “APNs are trained professionals who are licensed to treat, order tests, make referrals to surgeons, diagnose and manage long-term illnesses. It’s not only appropriate, it’s common sense to allow the attending APN to make such a call. Doing so in a timely manner will help the family move forward.”

The bill, A-1319/S-1152, allows an APN to determine the cause of death and execute the death certification of a patient when the nurse is the patient’s primary caregiver and the collaborating physician is not available. The measure cleared the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee last month. It now heads to the Senate for consideration.

MUÑOZ BILL ALLOWING APNS TO DETERMINE CAUSE OF DEATH CLEARS COMMITTEE

As Assembly panel today advanced legislation Assembly Deputy Republican Leader Nancy F. Muñoz sponsors that will allow an attending advanced nurse practitioner (APN) to determine their patients’ cause of death.

“An APN is licensed to treat, order tests, make referrals to surgeons, diagnose and manage long-term illnesses. As the patient’s primary treating health professional, they are often with the patient at time of death,” said Muñoz, R-Union, Morris and Somerset. “End of life is a very emotional time for family members. It’s not only appropriate, it’s common sense to allow the attending APN to make such a call. Doing so in a timely manner will help the grief-stricken family.”

The Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee cleared the bill, A-1319/S-1152, which allows an APN to determine the cause of death and execute the death certification of a patient when the nurse is the patient’s primary caregiver and the collaborating physician is not available.

ASSEMBLY PANEL APPROVES MUÑOZ RESOLUTION DESIGNATING JULY 1 AS ‘ U.S. CADET NURSE CORPS DAY’

Assembly Republican Nancy F. Muñoz sponsors a resolution memorializing the contributions of the women in the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps. AJR-84, approved unanimously by the Assembly Women and Children Committee, designates July 1 of every year as “U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Day.”

Muñoz said her mother was a Cadet Nurse, trained in one of the final classes at the end of World War II. Muñoz followed her footsteps into the healthcare profession. “The Cadet Nurse Corps changed the face of nursing in this county,” said Muñoz, R-Union, Morris and Somerset. “The program paved the way for improvements in educational standards and training, and helped launch more than 124,000 young women into careers at a time when there was a desperate need for nursing.”

“During the war, with so many nurses committed to military service, there was a critical shortage of skilled nurses on the home front,” Muñoz said. “Within two years of the formation of the corps, Cadet Nurses accounted for 80 percent of American nursing care. These young nurses were World War II heroes in every sense. We should celebrate their efforts and preserve their memory.”

American nursing schools, which previously only accepted white students, were integrated by the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps, which recruited thousands of African-American women nurses.

MUÑOZ, MCHOSE MEMORIALIZE U.S. CADET NURSE CORPS WITH RESOLUTION APPROVED BY ASSEMBLY PANEL

A resolution by Assembly Republicans Nancy F. Muñoz and Alison Littell McHose commemorating the life-saving contributions of women in the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps earned unanimous approval of the Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee today. The resolution (AR-129) designates July 1, 2015 as U.S. Cadet Nurses Day.

“The Cadet Nurses Corps changed the face of nursing in this country,” said Muñoz, whose mother was a member of one of the final Corps classes. “World War II was still going on, and she became a nurse through the program.”“Cadet Nurses were World War II heroes on the home front,” said Munoz, R-Union, Morris and Somerset. “During the war, with so many nurses committed to military service, there was a critical shortage of skilled nurses for the nation’s hospitals. Within two years of the formation of the corps, Cadet Nurses accounted for 80 percent of American nursing care. We should celebrate their efforts and preserve their memory.”

American nursing schools, which previously only accepted white students, were integrated by the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps, which recruited thousands of African-American women nurses.

The Corps developed more than 124,000 desperately needed nurses, and was responsible for increasing the educational standards of many of the country’s nursing schools. While war waged overseas, the U.S. Cadet Nurses battled polio and tuberculosis epidemics, and after the war, many continued to work in the nursing field.“The Corps provided opportunity, scholarships and stipends for many young women who could not have otherwise afforded the education,” said McHose, R – Sussex, Warren and Morris. “And without the addition of these young caregivers, the nation’s hospitals would never have been able to meet the patient demands. They were tireless young women who responded to the challenge and exceeded expectations.”