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Director of Nursing Advocates for Healthcare Workers at Kansas State Nurses Association Advocacy Day

Director of Nursing Champions Healthcare Workers' Rights at KSNA Advocacy Day
Director of Nursing Champions Healthcare Workers’ Rights at KSNA Advocacy Day

On March 13, 2024, Elizabeth Gerhardt, Director of Nursing at our hospital, demonstrated her commitment to advocating for healthcare workers’ rights and patient care by participating in the Kansas State Nurses Association (KSNA) Advocacy Day at the Capitol in Topeka.

Elizabeth, who also serves as the Government Affairs chair for the Kansas Emergency Nurse’s Association (KENA), attended the event alongside KSNA to learn about their legislative priorities and explore opportunities for collaboration between different professional healthcare groups in legislative and advocacy efforts.

The event provided a platform for Elizabeth and other healthcare professionals to engage with policymakers and voice their concerns on critical issues facing the healthcare industry. While KENA’s legislative efforts largely revolve around preventing violence against healthcare workers, expanding mental health patient services, and enhancing emergency services for children; KSNA’s focus for this session encompasses Medicaid expansion and access to care, ethics and human rights, advanced practice expansion, and support for expanding the Kansas Nurse Service Scholarship program.Elizabeth Gerhardt, Director of Nursing for Holton Community Hospital in the State Capitol

Elizabeth’s participation in the Advocacy Day reflects our hospital’s dedication to being actively involved in shaping healthcare policies that prioritize the well-being of both healthcare professionals and patients. By collaborating with other healthcare organizations and advocating for legislative changes, we strive to create a healthcare system that is more accessible, equitable, and supportive for all.  Elizabeth will also be traveling to Washington DC in April to represent the Kansas Emergency Nurses Association on federal legislation.  Read more about Elizabeth Gerhardt on the Leadership page.

More information on KSNA’s legislative efforts can be found here: https://ksnurses.com/advocacy/legislative-priorities/

More information on ENA’s legislative efforts can be found here: https://www.ena.org/government-relations

More information on KHA’s legislative efforts can be found here: https://www.kha-net.org/Advocacy/