Katie Bush, staff nurse and forensic coordinator for The University of Toledo Medical Center Emergency Department and president of the Emergency Nurses Association Seagate Chapter, spoke at Nurses Day Feb. 18 at the Statehouse in Columbus.Nurses Day at the Statehouse provides information to nurses about getting involved with statewide legislation. During the event, nurses from across Ohio hear legislative news and information, watch legislative committees and hearings, and learn to communicate effectively with government officials.
“Legislators look to nurses, the ones who have experience related to patient care, to see what should be done,” Bush said. “The stories from nurses with hands-on experience help get important legislation passed that impacts our community.”
Bush attended the event as the Ohio State Council Government Affairs representative for the Emergency Nurses Association, a national organization dedicated to shaping the future of emergency nursing and emergency care through advocacy, expertise, innovation and leadership.
She spoke on various topics the Emergency Nurses Association supports, including increased access to naloxone for the opioid overdose, the creation of lack of capacity legislation, and legislation to create a state trauma board. It was her second time speaking at Nurses Day at the Statehouse.
Bush also has traveled to Washington, D.C., for three consecutive years to support legislation that affect nurses on the federal level.