Action Alert for HB 1003
HB 1003 will have a hearing on Wednesday morning 9:00 am in the Health Committee of the Senate. We OPPOSE this bill. If you can make it to the Statehouse in Indianapolis this Wednesday, please go to testify against this bill.
HB 1003 allows ongoing temp licenses for students with an end date of when the Federal government ends the emergency which could be years, reduces actual clinic hours for students and replaces them with simulation, and makes the process to bring in foreign trained nurses easier than bringing out of state nurses to Indiana. It says “shall” issue a license to foreign nurses by endorsement, and the current law for out of state nurses says “may” issue a license by endorsement.
Call all of these legislators and tell them to AMEND OUT ALL THE FOREIGN NURSES SECTIONS. We already have a system in place for foreign nurses to come here. Nothing against foreign workers, but we don’t need to make it easier to bring them in to replace unvaccinated Indiana nurses. The international workers will be fully vaccinated, and will replace staff who refused to take the vaccines.
Tell them that it is UNACCEPTABLE for students to practice on temporary licenses for years without passing a licensure exam. It is not safe or best practice to allow students to work that long on a temporary license. They need to put a specific end date on the temporary licenses. Allowed Joe Biden’s Federal people to decide the end date is UNACCEPTABLE.
Ed Charbonneau- head of the public health committee
Mark Messmer-majority leader of the Senate floor
Ethan Manning-author of 1003
Next call your Senator and tell them to oppose HB 1003 all together. The only acceptable portion of the bill is allowing healthcare programs to increase class sizes. Everything else is not needed and not good for patient safety.
They will transfer you to your Senator.