Monthly Capitol Visit
The Missouri Nurses Association is partnering with AMNP, MOANA, and nursing groups around the state to host weekly days at the capitol. We know the more nurses walk the halls and share their stories with legislators, the more effective we can be in our advocacy.
The 2023 legislative session is now underway and we are excited for the opportunity to advance our legislative priorities, but we need you. Please consider signing up for one (or more) day at the capitol. Hearing directly from nurses in one of the best ways to engage with elected officials.
These are casual, free events. There will be staff and brief training at each event so these are great for people who have never been to Jefferson City as well as for the experienced nurse advocate. The day will include a legislative briefing, key messaging points, and time to meet with legislators.
For your convenience, MONA is offering visits at the Capitol on the following dates:
- January 18 – MONA APRN Day at the Capitol
- February 15 – Multiculturalism in Nursing Day at the Capitol
- February 22 – Surgical Smoke Day at the Capitol
- March 22 – Advocacy Day at the Capitol
- April 18 – MONA APRN Day at the Capitol
- April 26 – MONA, MOANA, and AMNP Nurses Day at the Capitol
Here is a tentative agenda for these days:
- 11:00 am – Lunch at Madison’s Café: 216 Madison St, Jefferson City, MO 65101
We arranged a special menu for about $15 a person including a non-alcoholic beverage. In order to keep the event free, we ask that you pay for your own meal if you choose to have one.
- 11:30 am – Welcome Address, Legislative briefing & key messaging points- Madison’s Café: Heidi Lucas, State Director; Jack Seigel, Outreach Manager; and Kyna Iman, MONA Lobbyist
- 1:00 pm – Walk to the Capitol for meetings with legislators – Please use information provided at meeting
- 2:00- 4:00 pm – Wrap up from legislator meetings.
Please sign up for any of the first three advocacy days by clicking on its date above. We will update the list with more details and sign up sheets for the rest of the events soon.
On March 1st, we will be holding our traditional MONA Nurse Advocacy Day that will include a lengthier training, CE, and lunch.
Missouri Nurse Advocacy Day is intended to increase awareness of the political process for all nurses and nursing students. The event expands participants’ understanding of the legislative process and provides them with effective techniques for advocating for their patients and practice.
This event will focus on why legislative advocacy is important, identifying the Missouri Nurses Association’s key legislative priorities, as well as sharing what is needed from each nurse in the state to be successful at the Capitol. The day includes a trip to the Capitol to observe the legislative process in action and visit with legislators. Joining us this year is Rebecca Patton, DNP, RN, CNOR, FAAN, Assistant Professor and Chair of the Lucy Jo Atkinson Professorship in Perioperative Nursing for the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University and Past-President of the American Nurses Association.
For the 2023 program, attendees will have the opportunity to: 1) network with nursing students, fellow classmates, and other nurses from a variety of practice settings through the educational sessions and during the luncheon; 2) travel to the Capitol to experience the legislative process firsthand; and 3) network with exhibitors/vendors participating.
We hope you will choose to join us for Missouri Nurse Advocacy Day on March 1st!