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.

Public Policy Committe

Carol Chesterman - Chair

Bob Mulqueen - Lobbyist

Jim Obradovich - Lobbyist

Lynn Boes - Legal Counsel

Betty Lord-Dinan - Elkader

Linda Goeldner - Des Moines

Nan Ambrosy - Waterloo

Colleen Brems - Iowa City

Dawn Bowker - Des Moines

Lisa Caffery - Davenport

Robin Carmichael - Brooklyn

Lynn Colberg - East Moline

Pam Deichmann - Winterset

Becky Devine - West Des Moines

Deb Gingrich - Cedar Falls

Sharon Guthrie - Robins

Raelle Heister - Dubuque

Lynne Himmelreich - Oxford

Rosemary Holland - Des Moines

Mary Kovarna - Merrill

Kate Pace - Des Moines

Rhonda Price - Solon

Teri Schloss - Winthrop

Kristi Schroeder - Fort Madison

Ginny Wangerin - Clive

Sue Whitty - Dubuque

Iowa Nurses Association

2018 Public Policy Priorities


The Iowa Nurses Association will monitor and support legislation that safeguards the healthcare of Iowans and supports the practice of nursing allowing nurses to practice to the full extent of their education and licensure. INA will track and monitor legislation that impacts the healthcare of children, older adults, and women; along with public health, nurse and patient safety.


1. Accessing Mental Health Services and Supports that include:

· Offering a full array of affordable, accessible treatment options including recovery-oriented systems for prevention, early intervention and treatment.

· Increasing the number of mental health treatment beds across the state.

· Increasing nurse providers through loan repayment and educational funding.

· Supporting reimbursement parity for mental health treatment.

2. Responding to the Opioid Substance Use Disorder Crisis by providing:

· Funding treatment and education/prevention measures.

· Expanding access to naloxone, an opioid overdose reversal drug with Good Samaritan protections.

· Removing barriers that limit non-physician providers to prescribe buprenorphine medication assisted treatment.

· Increasing effective provider use of prescription drug monitoring programs with across state border collaboration.

· Expanding drug take back and needle safety programs.

· Creating pretrial diversion options, including drug courts that assist those with substance abuse issues to obtain treatment in lieu of incarceration.


3. Support Efforts to Strengthen the Nursing Workforce by:

· Recognizing and addressing the impending nursing shortage.

· Increasing nursing workforce funding and loan repayment.

· Increasing the number of nursing faculty through loan repayment and educational


· Increasing the number of nurses with higher education as recommended by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Future of Nursing report.

· Maintaining full practice authority for

  Advanced Practice Nurses.


4. Support Efforts to Ensure Quality Healthcare Services to Medicaid Recipients:

 · Support oversight of Medicaid contractors to insure quality healthcare for this vulnerable


 · Advocate for mutually collaborative relationships between Medicaid contractors and service providers that includes responsiveness to patient needs, flexible services and fair reimbursement practices.

As of FY 2017 there were 54,183 actively licensed RNs in the state of Iowa. However only 967 registered nurses voluntarily joined the professional membership organization for registered nurses at that same time, the Iowa Nurses Association. The Association has 646 members who have shared their email addresses with INA and there were 36 members who provided the Association with their recommendations for ranking of the issues. From that input, the INA Public Policy Committee recommended a slate of action to the INA Board of Directors who on October 14, 2016 established the legislative agenda for the 2017 Legislative Session.