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Current Bills in the Pennsylvania Legislature

1. Nurse Staffing Practices & Ratios

PONL Opposes “The Patient Safety Act” HB 106 (Mehaffie) & SB 240 (Collett)

PONL is strongly committed to nurse staffing practices that support the provision of safe patient care. PONL endorses the autonomy of each healthcare organization to establish appropriate strategies to deliver high levels of patient care by providing safe, effective, and collaborative staffing practices. PONL is adamantly opposed to any legislation that would mandate nurse-to-patient ratios for all heath care organizations.

Read PONL's Position Statement on Nurse Staffing Practices & Ratios (updated April 2021).

3. Chief Nursing Officer of the Commonwealth

PONL Monitoring

4. Full Practice Authority for Nurse Practitioners

PONL Supports

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PONL Supported Legislation - Signed into Law

1. Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC)

Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) Act 68 of 2021 (formerly SB 115) | Passed into law on July 1, 2021.

Eligible RNs and LPNs can obtain a multistate nursing license to practice in other NLC states. Effective immediately.*

Implementation process yet to be completed by the State Board of Nursing.

*The State Board of Nursing notes: “Pennsylvania residents will not be able to apply for a multistate license, and nurses in other NLC states who hold a multistate license will not be able to practice in Pennsylvania, until after the implementation process has been completed. That process takes many months. An implementation date will be posted on the Board's website once it is determined.”

2. Violence in the Workplace/No Last Name on Badges

    PONL Legislative Committee Members

    Carol Amann, Chair (NWPONL)

    • Faculty
    • Gannon University, Villa Maria School of Nursing

    Mary O’Connor, Co-Chair (SWPONL)

    • Professor Emeritus
    • California University of PA

    Marion Burns Tuck (SEPONL)

    • Executive Director
    • PONL

    Angela Brown (SWPONL)

    • Nurse Manager
    • Allegheny Health Network

    Mallory Daniloski (SWPONL)

    • Nurse Manager
    • Southwestern Endoscopy Center

    Tina Roma Fisher (PERONL)

    • Director, Inpatient Rehab Center
    • Lehigh Valley Health Network

    Denise Frasca (SEPONL)

    • VP Patient Services/CNO
    • Temple University Hospital – Jeanes Campus

    Carol Ann Gioia (SEPONL)

    • Director of Nursing
    • Main Line Health - Lankenau Medical Center

    Rosa Hickey (SCONL)

    • Chief Nursing Officer
    • WellSpan Surgery & Rehab Hospital


    Darlene Hinkle (SEPONL)

    • Director of Preoperative Services
    • Lehigh Valley Hospital – Fairgrounds Surgical Center

    Diane Hupp (SWPONL)

    • VP, Operations and Patient Care Services & CNO
    • Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

    Deborah Lidey (SWPONL)

    • Clinical Education Specialist
    • UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital

    Edward Schatz (SWPONL)

    • Case Management Lead Analyst
    • Cigna

    Debra Thompson (SWPONL)

    • Chief Executive Officer
    • Debra Thompson, LLC

    Andrew Thum (SEPONL)

    • Nurse Manager
    • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

    Cathy Weidman (SEPONL)

    • Director of Med-Surg
    • Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital

    Mary Pat Winterhalter (SEPONL)

    • Director of Nurse Navigation
    • Fox Chase Cancer Center

    Heidi Zedlar (SWPONL)

    • Chief Nursing Officer
    • Dedicated Nursing Associates, Inc

    Robin Wagner

    • Legislative Committee Liaison
    • PONL Office


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