The Professional Organization of Registered Nurses in Iowa

 The Mission of the Iowa Nurses Association is to connect, advocate,

and support for nurses and healthcare in Iowa.

Taking An Organizational Position

Professional nursing organizations (American Nurses Association and the Iowa Nurses Association) identify issues of concern to nursing and health care and bring them to the attention of the public, and take a leadership role in calling for the development of policies that can improve the health of the communities and ensure the provision of quality nursing care. This "collective action" is more powerful than individual action.

The Iowa Nurses Association has an agenda setting process; the adoption of resolutions as gathered, drafted and recommended to the Iowa Nurses Association Annual Meeting of the Membership for passage. The INA Resolutions Committee is charged with reviewing the resolutions passed five and ten years ago; archiving or revising the resolution or keeping it active. New proposals are accepted and considered. Iowa delegates to the American Nurses Association House of Delegates bring back to the state issues debated at the national level. Members identify state issues that are of more local interest. In addition to the Resolution Committee review, the INA Public Policy Committee discusses at the conclusion of the legislative session all unresolved issues for which INA does not have a position statement. The committee may submit to the Resolution Committee, a resolution to further clarify the organization's position on an issue that was debated during the legislative session and bring it for consideration during the state convention held in October.

After the State Convention Annual Meeting of the Membership deliberation and debate of the resolutions, the Public Policy Committee determines which issues are actions that can be taken in Iowa state government. The committee proposes an agenda is proposed to the INA Board of Directors for final approval at their November Board meeting.

Once the Board approves the legislative and policy agenda, the INA staff develops a brochure for wide distribution to educate the public and policymakers of the issues of importance to nursing. Meetings are held with the Governor and Legislative Leadership to identify those issues of highest priority to nursing and communication with other affected organizations is made.

Lobbyist Honors
As an honor for working in the legislative field for over 20 years, INA lobbyists Bob Mulqueen (27 years)  and Jim Obradovich (23 years), were honored this week by the Pioneer Lawmakers Association. This honorary society was established in 1886. In 1931, Governor Dan V. Turner in his welcome address to association members stated: "With your experience both in the legislature and as citizens you can and should exert wide influence in moulding thought toward the enactment of legislation in the General Assembly that will hold the government close to the people". INA has the good fortune to have two lobbyists with 50 years combined experience who still put Governor Dan B. Turner's words into action, "Exert a wide influence in molding thought...and hold the government close to the people". Thank you for your knowledge, insight and direction for our organization. Congratulations, Bob and Jim! Jim's wife, Kathie Obradovich was also honored for 24 years of legislative service.


Among the honorees are four current legislators: Senate Majority Leader Dix and Senator Dotzler, who both came over from the House, and Senator Behn and Representative Dolecheck.

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INA Legislative Connection Issues

Bill Signing

 

On Thursday, April 14, 2016  INA lobbyists Bob Mulqueen and Jim Obradovich joined the bill signing ceremony for SF 2219 requiring the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in apartments and homes. This is an important bill because it protects the  personal safety of those who live and sleep in dormitories and rental units. It requires alarms with a light in rentals used by deaf tenants.