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Public Policy Principles

Minnesota Organization of Leaders in Nursing (MOLN) supports legislation which will further the profession of nursing including nursing’s role in health care delivery, health care policy and clinical activities involving nursing care by creating opportunities for nurses and nursing leadership to participate in policy level discussions and decision making.

MOLN supports increasing access to high quality and affordable health care for all Minnesotans regardless of their personal attributes, membership in a protected class, income or immigrant status.

MOLN supports improving patient access and choice to safe, cost-effective health care by removing statutory, regulatory, and institutional barriers as well as interstate practice barriers that prevent nurses from practicing to the fullest extent of their education and training.

MOLN supports legislation which strengthens the practice of nursing by assuring proper nursing education, appropriate licensure and regulation of nurses and legal protection of the profession of nursing.

MOLN supports the priorities outlined in the Institute of Medicine’s report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.

  • Remove Scope of Practice barriers for nurses.
  • Expand opportunities for nurses to lead and diffuse collaborative improvement efforts.
  • Implement nurse residency programs.
  • Increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80 percent by 2020.
  • Double the number of nurses with a doctorate by 2020.
  • Ensure that nurses engage in lifelong learning.
  • Prepare and enable nurses to lead change to advance health.
  • Build an infrastructure for the collection and analysis of interprofessional health care workforce data.

The areas of focus for Minnesota are:

  • Increasing the proportion of nurses in Minnesota with baccalaureate degrees from 55% to 80% by 2020.
  • Removing scope-of-practice barriers for nurses
  • Expanding nurses' opportunities for leadership

MOLN supports increasing educational opportunities for nurses and nurse leaders including affordability of entry nursing education as well as graduate level education for nurses and access to quality educational opportunities taught by accredited institutions with qualified faculty.

MOLN supports nurse staffing models that are flexible, based on patient acuity and are made by health care professionals specific to their individual institution.