AMSN Policy Agenda

Legislative Advocacy is a Top Priority of AMSN

As the only national professional organization representing the voice of medical-surgical nursing, our strategic mission for patients and their access to high-quality, affordable health care, and focus on issues affecting the work environments and practice of our med-surg nurses,  as seen below. AMSN Board of Directors  has developed a legislative priority agenda in 2019 to clearly define the priority areas for our med-surg nurses. 

AMSN is the voice of medical-surgical patients, and medical-surgical nurses at the state and federal level.

Our Advocacy Actions help serve to track and promote legislation and policies that enhance medical-surgical nurses and quality care across the health care industry, including hospitals, outpatient settings, in homes, via telemedicine and other non-traditional settings.

The AMSN legislative Priority Agenda Includes:


The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses Condemns Violence Against Nurses and Healthcare Providers

This week, three nurses have been killed while working to protect and care for patients. This increasing occurrence of violence against nurses and other healthcare providers must stop.

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Social Determinants of Health

Where health care delivery systems connect with social determinants of health (SDOH), health care has a responsibility and an opportunity to be part of the solution. Medical-surgical nurses support leveraging their roles in patient discharge and transfer processes to advance evidence-based initiatives addressing SDOH to improve health and reduce health care costs.

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Safe Workplaces and Professional Respect

In the interest of patient safety and healthy, effective systems for health care delivery, we identify and promote evidence-based strategies that improve workplace safety for medical-surgical nurses and advance their professional recognition.

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Safe Staffing for Nurses

Nurses and their expertise understanding and addressing patient acuity, not one- size-fits-all mandates, are critical to improving and ensuring safe patient care. We advance evidence-based initiatives promoting safe staffing to improve patient health care quality and access, and to reduce health care costs.

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Opioid Crisis

We promote implementation and funding of evidence-based policy to prevent and address the national opioid crisis, including the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (P.L. 115-271) and related measures at the federal and state levels.

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Nurse Workforce Development

The future supply of nurses is critical to patient access to high quality care in every environment, particularly with our aging population and among people lacking access to care. Medical-surgical nurses promote patient access to high quality health care by supporting reauthorization, improvement and full funding of federal nurse workforce development programs.

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Medical-Surgical Nurses in Leadership

Our organization actively seeks opportunities to successfully place medical-surgical nurses in health care stakeholder advisory bodies and leadership positions at the state and federal levels and within the health care sector.

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