Call to Action

Help Pass the National Nurse Act of 2015

This legislation amends the Public Health Service Act to require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to designate the Chief Nurse Officer of the Public Health Service as the National Nurse for Public Health within the Office of the Surgeon General. Click here to learn more

Call Senator Alexander's office and urge him to hot line this bill and get it passed this session!

You do not need to be a Tennessee resident to make a call. Leaving a message after hours is perfectly fine! Let us know once you have made a call so we can track out impact. Email to notify us once you've made your call. 

Script and talking points:

Phone Number: 202-224-4944  


Hello, My name is ___________________.  I would like to leave this message for Senator Alexander. I am calling to urge Senator Alexander to hot line S. 1205, The National Nurse Act of 2015 this September when the Senate resumes session. This bill has strong bipartisan support in the Senate as does its companion bill in the House, H.R. 379.  It is endorsed by several major nursing organizations including the SGNA; there are currently 119 organizations in support. We all would like to see this bill passed this session.  Thank you for passing this message along to Senator Alexander and his HELP Committee staff.

TALKING POINTS Just in case:

1. Bill is simple, non controversial, no funds required for its implementation.

2. Designates the Chief Nurse Officer of the Public Health Service as the Nat. Nurse for Public Health.  Goal is to elevate and enhance position of CNO to bring visibility to the critical role nursing occupies in promoting, protecting, and advancing the nation’s health.

3. Rise in chronic preventable conditions are bankrupting our health care dollars; with Zika virus and opioid addiction on the rise, it is critical that we have a recognizable public health nurse leader to guide the 3.4 million nurses who are poised to lead a national movement towards improved public health.

4.  119 supporting bodies support the bill, including the American Nurses Association, National Black Nurses Association, the Case Management Society of America,  Population Health Alliance, the Prevention Institute, etc.. 

5. H.R. 379 currently has 87 co sponsors- 44 Republicans and 43 Democrats.  S. 1205 has bipartisan support.   The bill has had two successful House Congressional briefings.

Improve Veterans' Access to Care

The VA is considering a rule change that would expand the scope of practice for APRN's. This would improve access to care for veterans and support nurses practicing to the full extent of their education and training. The VA received an overwhelming response in support for this change from nurses like you, now they will weigh the opinions of members of congress. Make sure your members of congress support the change!

Contact your members of congress by phone, email or mail. Find contact information for your senators and state representatives here.

Click here for a message template to use for your call, email or letter. 

Urge Your Senators to Support the Removing Barriers to CRC Screening Act

On July 17, patients and physicians wne to Capitol Hill urging members of Congress to support the Removing Barriers to Collorectal Cancer Screening Act (S. 2348/H.R. 1070). This legislation would eliminate the coinsurance Medicare beneficiaries are required to pay when a polyp is removed during a screening colonoscopy.

Screening colonoscopy is covered under Medicare without beneficiary cost sharing, but if a polyp is removed during the screening, the patient is required to pay a coinsurance. This policy is unfair and confusing to patients and deters screening.

Join advocates on the Hill and contact your senators and representatives today and ask them to cosponsor the "Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act," (s. 2348/H.R. 1070).

Contact Sophie Huckabay at with questions.

Legislative Activities

Reach your Representatives

Below you can access Web sites that direct you to a list of elected officials for your local congressman and both your Senate and House representatives. You can contact them by e-mail, phone, fax or mail. You can also search by Number or Keyword for a particular bill or print mailing labels directly from this site.

Find your Congressman
The United States Senate
The U.S. House of Representatives

CapWiz e-Advocacy tool offers access to current legislative updates, Action Alerts and other resources. Access to this tool is through a partnership with ASGE.

THOMAS offers online legislative, congressional, committee and agency updates, activities and information.

Our Partner Organizations

Digestive Disease National Coalition (DDNC):

The DDNC is an advocacy organization comprised of the major national voluntary and professional societies concerned with digestive diseases. The DDNC focuses on improving public policy related to digestive diseases and increasing public awareness with respect to the many diseases of the digestive system. The DDNC was founded in 1978 and is based in Washington DC. They work cooperatively to improve access to and the quality of digestive healthcare in order to promote the best possible medical outcome, and quality of life for current and future patients with digestive diseases.

The DDNC holds an annual event, the Public Policy Forum, in March. In an effort to increase SGNA representation at the Public Policy Forum, SGNA has made scholarships available to cover travel and housing costs for attending the forum. Any Individual interested in applying for this scholarship must complete the brief application and return it to SGNA Headquarters by February 1.

National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT):

The NCCRT is a national coalition committed to reducing colorectal cancer incidence and mortality through coordinated leadership, strategic planning and advocacy.

Prevent Colorectal Cancer:

Prevent Colorectal cancer offers various links to other Web sites dedicated to the dissemination of information for patients and professionals regarding colorectal cancer.

Esophageal Cancer Action Network (ECAN):

 To effectively fight this disease, ECAN is bringing together a community of individuals and groups who are concerned about the rapid increase in Esophageal Cancer cases and want to support the campaign for public awareness and the creation of more effective tools to detect and treat the disease.

Pancreative Cancer Action Network (PANCAN):

PANCAN offers various information on pancreative cancer for patients and professionals.


Find Additional Resources from these Groups

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): contains a variety of information on topics relating to gastroenterology, endoscopy, hepatitis, colon cancer, as well as information in Spanish and English.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH): offers links to databases, research studies, drug information and the National Library of Medicine. Find out Regulatory Guidance and Legislation, as well as newly approved FDA drugs through their Center for Drug Evaluation and Research section.

The American Nurses Association (ANA): offers various information including the "Nursing's Agenda for the Future," which addresses the growing shortage of nurses.