Protecting the Indiana Nursing Profession

ISNA monitors legislation and proposed rules changes at the state level. Each session of the Indiana General Assembly the Indiana State Nurses Association tracks over 100 bills that have an impact on Indiana’s nurses. In addition, we attend hearings and study commission meetings and provide expert testimony to committees and review groups. ISNA staff and lobbyists are at the Indiana State House every day the legislature is in session and during any meetings throughout the year where the nursing profession is discussed.

We also keep our members informed about pending legislation at the federal level which is monitored by the American Nurses Association.

Public Policy Platform


One purpose of the Indiana State Nurses Association (ISNA) is to influence public policy consistent with the goals of the membership. ISNA members at the annual Meeting of the Members and the ISNA Board of Directors establish goals and policies. These goals and policies serve as the foundation for a variety of program activities, including ISNA’s legislative efforts. ISNA prioritizes issues for action based on potential impact, availability of Association resources, and existence of coalition or alternative advocacy group efforts.

The headers under which ISNA’s positions have been organized are the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics.

1. The nurse, in all professional relationships, practices with compassion and respect for the it dignity, work and uniqueness of every individual, unrestricted by considerations of social or economic state, personal attributes, or the nature of health problems. ISNA supports:

2. The nurse’s primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group or community. ISNA supports:
3. The nurse promotes, advocates for, and strives to protect the health, safety, and rights of the patient. ISNA supports:
4. The nurse is responsible and accountable for individual nursing practice and determines the appropriate delegation of tasks consistent with the nurse’s obligation to provide optimum patient care. ISNA supports:
5. The nurse owes the same duties to self as to others, including the responsibility to preserve integrity and safety, to maintain competence, and to continue personal and professional growth. ISNA supports:
6. The nurse participates in establishing, maintaining, and improving health care environments and conditions of employment conducive to the provision of quality health care and consistent with the values of the profession through individual and collective action. ISNA supports:
7. The nurse participates in the advancement of the profession through contributions to practice, education, administration, and knowledge development. ISNA supports:
8. The nurse collaborates with other health professionals and the public in promoting community, national, and international efforts to meet health needs. ISNA supports:
9. The profession of nursing, as represented by association and their members, is responsible for articulating nursing values, for maintaining the integrity of the profession and its practice, and for shaping social policy. ISNA supports:
ISNA will educate Indiana nurses about important health care reform measures; and encourages nurses to advocate for health care reform measures to include but not limited to: