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Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC)

The NLC increases access to care while maintaining public protection at the state level. Under the NLC, nurses can practice in other NLC states, without having to obtain additional licenses.

SB 115, now known as Act 68 | Passed into law on July 1, 2021

Nurse Staffing Practices & Ratios

Legislation is being re-introduced regarding mandatory nurse staffing ratios that could negatively affect the way we staff our units and run our hospitals.

PONL's Position - Oppose

Read PONL's stance on nurse staffing policies. (updated April 2021)

    PONL Support

    Full Practice Authority for Nurse Practitioners

    SB 25

    View more details and provide your support.


    HB 642 - Ensuring Telemedicine Access for Pennsylvanians

    Violence in the Workplace/No Last Name on Badges

    PONL was instrumental in helping this legislation to become law in Pennsylvania.

    Act 51 of 2020 - Violence in the Workplace

    • Act 51 strengthens penalties for assaults against healthcare practitioners and technicians. 
    • Effective July 1, 2020

    Act 54 of 2020 - Omitting Last Name on Badges

    • Allows health systems to omit the last name of employees from workplace photo identification badges worn by medical professionals. 
    • Effective July 1, 2020

    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

    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

    Kelly Zoller

    • Legislative Committee Liaison
    • PONL Office

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