TNP Legislative Academy
There is still time to register for the TNP Legislative Academy. The next session will be held with the Spring Conference on April 27th. You will be required to attend this session if you register in order to work towards your CEs. Information on the program is below. We especially need members whose representatives are on the House Public Health & House Appropriations Committees and whose senators are on the Senate Health & Human Services & Senate Finance Committees.
Texas Nurse Practitioners (TNP) Legislative Academy is a unique opportunity for Nurse Practitioners and other Advanced Practice Nurses to get first hand knowledge of the Legislative process in Texas and help us accomplish our legislative goals. The purpose of the TNP Legislative Academy is to motivate, educate, and empower TNP affiliates and general membership to become involved with the legislative process and TNP's legislative agenda.
The academy will conduct periodic training/information sessions through teleconferences and meetings with experts that will help to develop grassroots advocacy skills necessary to influence key decision makers. Participants will learn about the many variables that can shape policy, the current political environment, and how this impacts nurse practitioners. Participants will also identify policy priorities and challenges and assess opportunities for addressing them.
Participants will receive training/information, along with professional development and continuing education, to enhance their effectiveness as advocates. Participants will network with legislators, legislative staff, and policy experts.
The next TNP Legislative Academy will begin January 2014 and will continue through January 2015. Participants are expected to participate and complete each session and corresponding assignments in order to receive their CEs:
1. In-Person Meetings:
The Legislative Process in Texas Workshop
April 27, 2014, San Antonio, Hyatt Hill Country, San Antonio 8:30-11:30 a.m. (held in conjuction with the Spring Conference)
- Recap of NP Legislative History
- The Legislative Process in Texas
- State vs. Federal – What Are the Issues?
- APRN Rules in Texas
- How To Do A Legislative Visit
- What Can I Do – How Do I Get Involved?
Learning the Issues Workshop
September 4, 2014, Grand Hyatt: 8:30 - 11:45 a.m. (held during the Annual Conference)
- Update on Interim State Grassroots Efforts
- Gaining A National Prospective – Updates from around the Country
- Discuss Legislative Agenda for Upcoming Session
Transition to Leadership
January - April 2015, Austin, TX (exact date TBD)
- Attend a TNP Day at the Capitol at your assigned affiliate day one month during the next legislative session. Your final in person meeting will be to lead a small group through legislative visits during NP Affiliate Day in Austin to discuss TNP's Legislative Agenda and complete a follow-up form.
Participants will not need to pay separately to attend these sessions during our conferences; however, if they wish to attend any other sessions or workshops during this time – they will need to pay separately for those opportunities.
January – June 2014:
- Volunteer for Legislator block walking, phone banks, etc. or Attend Fundraiser and complete follow-up form.
- Schedule and Complete In-District meeting #1 with Legislator and complete a follow-up form.
October – December 2014:
- Schedule and Complete In-District meeting #2 with Legislator and complete a follow-up form.
3. Monthly Coaching Calls:
To be scheduled based on participant needs and availabilities.
Continuing Education is pending approval. CE certificates are awarded at the completion of the entire academy in the following January.
Applications are now being accepted.. The introductory price is $99 for TNP members and $199 for Non-Members (which includes one-year of TNP membership).