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( J.R.H. 45)

Offered by: Representative Keenan of St. Albans City.

Whereas, 5,500 registered nurses in Vermont represent our state's largest health care resource, providing caring supportive services to Vermonters, and

Whereas, 375 registered nurses in Vermont are advanced practice registered nurses functioning in both primary and specialty care areas as certified registered nurse anesthetists, certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists, and

Whereas, the depth and breadth of the registered and advanced practice nursing profession is meeting the diverse and emerging health care needs of Vermont's population in a wide range of settings, and

Whereas, professional nursing is an indispensable component in the safety and quality care of hospitalized patients, and

Whereas, the demand for registered and advanced practice nursing services is increasing due to the aging of the American population, the continuing growth of life-sustaining technology, and the explosive growth of home health care services, and

Whereas, the cost-effective, safe and quality health care services provided by registered and advanced practice nurses will continue to be an essential component of the United States health care delivery system in the future, and

Whereas, the quality of nursing and advanced practice care in all settings has been proven to be excellent in cost, satisfaction and outcomes, and

Whereas, Vermont Registered and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses will be represented on the program "Across the Fence" on March 21, 1997, at 12:10 pm by representatives from the Vermont Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Vermont Certified Nurse Midwives, Vermont Nurse Practitioners Group, and Vermont State Nurses' Association, to affirm the role of registered and advanced practice nurses in the delivery of health care and to educate the Vermont community on the quality, accessibility and

cost-effectiveness of care given by registered and advanced practice nurses, and

Whereas, Vermont nurses are rallying on March 19, 1997, to express concern aboutchanges at the federal level which place a heavier burden on Vermont in caring for the health needs of Vermonters, and

Whereas, the American Nurses Association and the Vermont State Nurses' Association have declared the week of May 6-12, as NATIONAL NURSES WEEK, 1997, with the theme "Nurses have the Courage to Care" in celebration of the ways in which registered nurses strive to provide safe and high quality patient care and methods to improve the existing health care system, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes the role of registered nurses in the delivery of quality health care, and be it further

Resolved: That the Clerk of the House be directed to prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation on March 19, 1997.