Meet Our Lobby Day Tweeters

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Some are "rookies," some are seasoned advocacy veterans, but these six nurses are all coming to Washington DC on June 16, and they have volunteered to share their Lobby Day experience with you first-hand through Twitter.

Want to be a part of the action? Sign up to follow ANA’s Government Affairs Department on Twitter – we’ll be streaming tweets from all these wonderful nurses, along with insights from our lobbyists, all day on our Twitter feed on June 16.


Vanessa Barlow, Alabama
Twitter Name: vbarlow9
 My current area of practice is child and adolescent psychiatry (inpatient) at Children's Hospital of Alabama.  Lobby Day is important to me because I believe that nurses are the best and most appropriate people to communicate our message to politicians on the Hill. They need to understand the importance of quality healthcare and the need for access by all citizens.  They need to understand that while they have excellent coverage, so many have no coverage at all.  People die each day because they have no insurance and often seek medical care only as a last resort and then it’s many times too late to help them.

  Mary Cisco, Indiana
Twitter Name: ciscotrauma
I currently serve as a Director for the Indiana State Nurses Association, and work at Methodist Hospital, a level one trauma center, with Trauma Services.  I am looking forward to attending Lobby Day 2010!! I am officially a “Rookie”, as this is my first House of Delegates and my first trip to the Hill! I am coming to make sure my voice is heard and our voice as a profession is heard! I am so excited with the opportunity to meet with members of Congress and be able to communicate regarding key issues. I would like to have input on shaping public policy that will affect my profession, my family, my patients, and my community.

  Darlene Dansby, Missouri
Twitter name:  DOC_NURSE
I am an Registered Nurse/Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years experience in various settings that include, school health, academia, quality management, occupational health, primary, acute, and home care.   I believe that being a nurse today is more important than ever during this challenging time for health care and the economy. I have been honored to share nursing expertise in my community, volunteering for Church Health Fairs, Breast Cancer Awareness events, and various associations.  I am looking forward to joining my fellow nurses in bringing a strong, visible voice to Capitol Hill at the ANA’s 2010 Lobby Day.  Although I’ve been credited with many accomplishments during my career, I believe this will be one of the most important personal contributions that I will ever make to my profession.

  Roberta Loufek, Maryland
Twitter Name: RobertaBSN
Currently I live in Maryland and work for a health care informatics firm as an RN data review consultant in the quality department for risk adjustment and HEDIS quality measures. Prior to this I worked as a staff nurse on a med/surg unit in Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA.   I graduated from Northern Arizona University with a BSN in 2007 as a non-traditional student, and within a year I expect to have my MSN in Health Systems Management from Vanderbilt University. This year I have been chosen as an alternate to the ANA Committee on Bylaws, and am looking forward to many years as an ANA volunteer. ANA Lobby Day is a great opportunity to add my voice to other nurses as we come together to tell our representatives in Washington, D.C. what is important for nursing in America. This will be my first time participating and I am excited for the chance, to not only make a difference, but to meet other nurses from across the nation.

  Karen Q. McDonald, Delaware
Twitter Name: kqmnnp
I am a board certified neonatal nurse practitioner in an NNP practice covering a 70 bed Level III NICU, a free-standing children’s hospital NICU, 2 Level II NICUs, as well as a regional neonatal transport team.  Although I’m new to ANA’s lobby day, I already have a passion for advocacy.  I am a founding member of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN/NANNP) Health Policy and Advocacy Committee, and I recently, I co-authored an article in Advances In Neonatal Care entitled, "Advocacy: It's What We Do.” This fall, I will be presenting "Healthcare Policy and Advocacy:  How You Can Make A Difference", at this year’s NANN educational conference.  I am excited to attend Lobby Day because I feel it is very important that nurses stand as a unified front and make our legislators aware that we expect to be part of the decision-making process that will affect our careers, our livelihood and our patients.

  Diane Winfrey, Ohio
Twitter Name: ladydina66
I am currently employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs in Cleveland, where I hold the position of Associate Chief Nurse for Ambulatory Care.  I oversee more than 30 Primary care and specialty clinics, the hemodialysis unit, emergency department, and the same day surgery center.  In addition I am responsible for the facilities telephone nursing and telehealth programs.   As a member of the Greater Cleveland Nurses Association and the immediate past 1st vice president of ONA, I have had a great opportunity to see the importance of advocacy at the state level first-hand, and I’m looking forward to joining nurses from across the country in Washington on June 16th to make our voices heard on Capitol Hill.