Breaking News: Interstate Compact Hearing on April 11th

7 Apr

Nurses: We just received word that the Interstate Nurse Licensure Compact will receive a hearing in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Monday, April 11 at 1:00 PM in Room 15 of the Capitol (lower level). This bill has already been heard in the House HHS Committee, so this is our last chance to weigh in.

This bill is being pushed by hospital systems who want the ability to quickly and easily move large numbers of nurses across state lines. They want to lower our standards, take away the state of Minnesota’s ability to regulate nurses, and give it to an unelected, unaccountable group of Board of Nursing executives. This bill is not good for patients, and it’s not good for nurses. We cannot sit quietly by and let this happen.

We urge you to come to the hearing if you are able, wear red and stand with other MNA nurses who oppose this bill that will put patients at risk and undermine our practice. If you can attend, please RSVP to Geri Katz at 651-414-2855 or

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8 Responses to “Breaking News: Interstate Compact Hearing on April 11th”

  1. sharon adkins msn, rn April 14, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    It is deeply disappointing that the MNA publish such inaccurate and unfounded information about nursing practice in other states. Tennessee has the highest NCLEX pass rate in the nation (93.43%) and was the state that led in early adoption of the nurse practitioner role. The nurses of Tennessee are highly qualified health care providers who deliver safe, effective care to the citizens of our state. Your comments do a disservice to the entire profession.

    • mnnurses April 14, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

      Hi Sharon – I appreciate your comments and concerns and in no way, shape or form do we want to try and put down nurses in other states. I should clarify, this was attempted as an example of differing state standards, as the legislator promoting the Compact was stating all nurses in every state pass the same test and have the same standards, and that is inaccurate.

    • Wendy M. Nehring, RN, PhD, FAAN, FAAIDD April 15, 2011 at 10:51 am #

      As Dean of the largest nursing program in the state of Tennessee, I would like to echo Sharon’s comments. The caliber of nursing education in the State of Tennessee is on par with the rest of the nation. We produce some of the most qualified nursing students in the country and our programs are nationally recognized. For example, the largest concentration of nurse-managed clinics who have been sustained over 25 years and serve as national models come from Tennessee. Vanderbilt Hospital is also recognized as one of the best hospitals in the nation. It is important to present a strong case in addressing an issue that is close to your heart, but the argument is greatly weakened when others are demeaned.

      • mnnurses April 15, 2011 at 11:09 am #

        Wendy I completely agree and want to apologize – we are all nurses and we are all in this together! You are correct – we can be passionate in our arguments without having to demean anyone else, especially fellow RNs. Thank you for your feedback and know that Minnesota Nurses support and appreciate those of you in Tennessee 100 percent! We have already had some internal staff discussion about using these types of documents/arguments with our legislators moving forward and how to better do this. Your feedback makes a difference and we want you to know that we really appreciate it!

  2. Julie D. April 15, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

    I think that maybe there should be more of an apology than just in response to those of us who are responding. I was educated in Mississippi and currently work as a nurse in TN. (I worked in Mississippi for 10 years.) Our compact allowed me that option! I have been able to provide care….quality care for a very diverse population of patients. So it is quite offensive of the Minnesota nurses not wanting to “lower” themselves to our standards! I would NEVER think of supporting our compact by asking if we want to lower our standard to those of Minnesota! In my opinion it is unprofessional to use that in your lobbying.

    • mnnurses April 15, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

      Julie thank you for sharing and please know that we do mean and hopefully this too can serve as an apology to everyone. We appreciate your understanding!

  3. Stacy TJ Reynolds August 4, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

    I am a Registered Nurse in the State of Georgia. We are not a compact state, but we are in a nursing shortage. When there is a lack of qualified nurses, it is our patients who suffer. I cannot imagine how a cooperative with other states that would allow ease of transition from one state to another for nurses to practice would be percieved as “lowering the standards”. I have read MNA’s comments to the nurses who replied from Tennessee, and I am refreshed to see that there may have been a change of opinion that non-Minnesota nurses are somehow inferior. I hope for the sake of patients in Minnesota that there has been some sort of eqitable compromise between MNA and the legislature. Best of Luck in all your endeavors and let’s stick together. Good nurses are not defined by geography.

    • mnnurses August 5, 2011 at 9:09 am #

      Stacy – thanks for weighing in on this issue, and yes, we do need to stick together! Agree with your post 100 percent!

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