NURS began in 1975 as a Massachusetts
grassroots nursing organization representing the interests of advanced
practice psychiatric nurses and the clients we serve.
The group was organized to promote independent nursing practice for
psychiatric clinical nurse specialists (CNS). Initially known as Nurses
United for Reimbursement of Services, the group lobbied successfully for the
passage of law in 1986 that allowed psychiatric CNSs to receive third party
In 1987, another bill sponsored by NURS was passed granting clinical
privileges and staff membership in health care facilities. CNSs gained
authorization to sign for emergency involuntary hospitalization evaluations in
1989. In 1992, NURS co-sponsored a bill which granted prescriptive authority.
The guardianship bill, also sponsored by NURS, was passed in 2002.
Today NURS is the only organization in the state of Massachusetts that
exclusively represents the interests of advanced practice psychiatric nurses ï¿½
both psychiatric clinical nurse specialists and psychiatric nurse
Purpose of NURS
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Provide a presence and
testimony as needed at the State House on bills pertinent to our professional
Consistent tracking of legislation relevant to the interests of NURS members.
Foster high standards of advanced nursing practice &education.
Promote the professional development of nurse clinicians.
statements on relevant issues.
Provide feedback and collective support to politicians who consistently
advocate for our professional interests.
Increase involvement of NURS members with committee work to enhance efficacy