NFSP is currently reaching out to nursing schools around the state. Portland Community College, Sylvania was the first because they were hosting the Oregon Student Nurses Association annual meeting, and we gave a presentation and tabled at that meeting. The OSNA presentation was well received, and we signed up 30 students and faculty members there. One of the students who attended wrote a blog post in response. We also presented to PCC nursing faculty. We hand out our yellow “Nurses for Single Payer” buttons wherever we go.
We have several more presentations lined up, including one at the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education, and have applied to present at the Nurse Practitioners of Oregon conference in October. NFSP will have an informational table at the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) conference in Seaside in April. We are also hoping to get nursing schools to use a curriculum on single payer as part of their health policy courses, either through ONA or directly with the schools.
We collaborate closely with HCAO. as a group and as individuals.