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GNA Hosts 2018 Legislative Session Workshop.

Monday, February 5, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Charlotte Baez-Diaz
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On January 13, 2018, Nurses from different generations, professional backgrounds, and nursing organizations convened at the 2018 GNA Legislative Session Workshop at GNA Headquarters to learn about GNA’s strategy for the 2018 Legislative Session.



GNA Interim-Director of Operations Tim Davis started the morning with an introduction followed by newly elected GNA President Judith Malachowski sharing about her professional background and goals for GNA and the nurses of Georgia during her term, which will encompass 2017-2019.




Other members of the GNA Board of Directors present were President-elect Richard Lamphier, GNA Secretary Maura Schlairet, Director of Legislation Iris Hamilton, Director Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Elizabeth “Beth” Bolton-Harris, and GNA Membership Director Sherry Danello.


During the “Lobbying 101 Session,” GNA contract lobbyist, Cindy Shepherd, reminded attendees about the importance of advocacy and understanding how bills become law. In addition, she explained how imperative it is to properly research the candidates we are considering before we vote and to have one voice as a profession.



During her presentation, Ms. Shepherd introduced other government relations professionals in attendance representing other nursing organizations, such as Ms. Juliana McConnell representing Georgia's Coalition of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (CAPRN) and Mr. Jeff Usry representing the Georgia Board of Nursing.


We were also joined by Ms. Molly Bachtel of CAPRN, Ms. Michelle Nelson of and Ms. Janice Izlar and Ms. Brenda Rowe, president and member of the Georgia Board of Nursing, respectively.


Some elected officials also joined us. Representative Dar’shun Kendrick talked about her passion for advocacy and teaching others how to speak for themselves.



Senate HHS Chair Renee Unterman discussed her heart for working on behalf of nursing throughout her career and her goals for this legislative session. Senator Unterman stressed the need for nurses to join forces and take action at whatever level and capacity available to them. 



The room was filled with a sense of community and solidarity from beginning to end. Many attendees knew one another and shared a heart to promote the nursing profession and quality care for patients, which allowed for a productive day and informative feedback from our working group sessions.



Members took initiative to answer each other’s questions, share valuable insights, and provide guidance to attendees who identified as novices regarding the political landscape.



Throughout the workshop, participants demonstrated the importance of solidarity among nursing groups and the need for working together now more than ever. They discussed ideas for increasing outreach across the state and worked together to answer questions, such as how to tie the job of nurses to legislative action? And how can we ensure solidarity among all nursing organizations?


GNA proactively plans and carries out events that provide energizing experiences, offer empowering insight and deliver essential resources.


If you are interested in visiting the capitol during the 2018 Legislative Session and making your voice heard, please email Mr. Tim Davis at


3032 Briarcliff Road
Atlanta, GA., 30329-2655


P: (404) 325-5536
F: (404) 325-0407

Office Hours: 

M-F, 9:00AM- 4:30PM

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