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Special Interest:  HR 485

HR 485 The National Nurse Act of 2013 Introduced!

Sponsor of HR 485 in the 113th Congress

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson TX-30


Co-Sponsors of HR 485

Special Interest:  S 1475


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Monday, December 15, 2014

National Nurse Act of 2013 Gains Endorsements

Thank you to the American Assisted Living Nurses Association and the American Association for Long Term Care Nursing for endorsing the National Nurse act of 2013. These organizations join several others from the Coalition of Geriatric Nursing Organizations who had previously given permission to be added to the Signatory Letter in support of H.R. 485 and S. 1475 that is being delivered to Congress.

Executive Director Charlotte Eliopoulos RN, MPH, PhD states, “The American Association for Long Term Care Nursing, representing all levels of nursing staff who care for persons with chronic conditions and who are of advanced age, is committed to policies that promote health and well-being of these underserved populations. For this reason, it supports H.R. 485, The National Nurse Act of 2013, and its companion Senate bill S. 1475.”

If your organization is interested in receiving a copy of the Signatory Letter or learning how they too can endorse these bills, please email the NNNO Board.

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Monday, December 08, 2014

Transitions

Pictured: ANA President Pamela Cipriano PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Many who serve on the NNNO Board of Directors and Advocacy Team are members of the American Nurses Association and we would like to congratulate and welcome President Pamela Cipriano PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN in her new role. We wish President Cipriano the best during her tenure and stand by to assist her during this exciting transition.

There have also been some recent changes to the NNNO Board of Directors to announce. Terri Polick and Sheryl Oakes Caddy who have both served many years on the Board will now be serving on the NNNO Advocacy Team. The NNNO is tremendously grateful for the many contributions Terri and Sheryl have made during their years of service on the Board. These include but are not limited to fundraising, writing articles, assisting with bill language revisions, and traveling multiple times to Capitol Hill.

NNNO Advocacy Team members Audrey Bayer and Katie Hall will fill Sheryl’s and Terri’s vacant positions on the Board. Bios for Audrey and Katie are available at http://nationalnurse.org/aboutUs.shtml

Finally, the NNNO welcomes three new Advocacy Team members.

Welcome to Nicole Brown MSN, RN who serves on as a nursing faculty member at Virginia State University. Nicole is the Chief Nursing Officer of Nurse Nicole Enterprises LLC., writing and publishing books that portray nursing in a positive light. She is also busy completing her Doctorate in Nursing Practice.

Pictured: Kathy Mancusi RN, Esq.

Kathy Mancusi RN, Esq., an accomplished nurse attorney from Maryland, also recently joined the NNNO Advocacy Team. Kathy serves on the Board of Directors of The American Association of Nurse Attorneys, a long time endorser of the National Nurse Act. She is very active in numerous organizations yet still finds the time to participate in important meetings involving the NNNO.

Pictured: Vivien Mudgett RNC, MA, MSN

The last addition to the team is Vivien Mudgett RNC, MA, MSN who resides in California. Vivien is a long time member of the American Nurses Association in addition to numerous other nursing organizations. She currently is enrolled at Rutgers University, studying for her doctorate degree in Nursing Practice. Vivien founded the Health Leadership Coalition in 2010 and brings a wealth of experience and information to our team.

Visit About Us to learn more about the National Nursing Network Advocacy Team.

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Monday, December 01, 2014

American Association of Heart Failure Nurses Support H.R. 485 National Nurse Act of 2013

Congresswoman Lois Capps, Congressman David Joyce, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and Congressman Peter King
Washington, D.C. Office
2231 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congresswoman Capps and Johnson and Congressman Joyce and King:

The American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN), the 2,000 member organization for the nurses caring for Americans with heart failure, is pleased to announce its support for H.R. 485, The National Nurse Act of 2013. Public health needs to grow in the direction of improving the health of Americans through health and wellness promotion and disease prevention programs, shifting the paradigm from illness and treatment, to prevention and wellness. Establishing the National Nurse position demonstrates continued commitment from the federal government and gives support for community wellness programs.

The title of National Nurse for Public Health will provide the authority and recognition needed to capture the public’s attention and to raise awareness of health promotion efforts. This educated, highly skilled nurse will advocate for enhanced prevention efforts across the country. Chronic, preventable conditions have costly consequences on both healthcare dollars and patient morbidity. HR 485 helps to keep nursing in the forefront by asking the National Nurse for Public Health to work alongside the U.S. Surgeon General, in promoting local community health programs.

The AAHFN supports establishment of a National Nurse for Public Health because we believe that nurses must be proactive leaders in health promotion, disease prevention and community health education.

Sincerely,

Eva Johnson, RN, MSN, ANP-BC
Advocacy Committee Chair-Elect
American Association of Heart Failure Nurses



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Monday, November 17, 2014

Life Wellness Coach Interviews NNNO President

Teri Mills MS, RN, CNE (President National Nursing Network Organization)

Thank you to Dr. Johnetta Miner, PhD, RN, NP, AHN-BC for her interest in The National Nurse Act. Dr. Miner is the Founder/CEO of Lifestyle Wellness Enterprise and Lifestyle Wellness Network which is an organization serving clinicians, healing arts practitioners and clients. She has been an Integrative Care Nurse Practitioner for over fifteen years and is certified by NY State as a Women’s Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. She is an Advanced Holistic Nurse, Board Certified (AHN-BC) by the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC). Health Practitioners Podcasts feature conversations with Integrative Care Practitioners, Healing Arts Practitioners, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, Physician Assistants (PAs) and other clinicians and practitioners who provide integral care.

On this episode of the Health Practitioner Podcast, Dr. Miner speaks with Teri Mills, a retired Nurse Practitioner, who is currently the President of the National Nursing Network Organization (NNNO) to explore what the National Nurse Act of 2013 is and why it is needed.

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Monday, November 03, 2014

National Prevention Strategy Report-2014

The National Nurse Act of 2013 is written to encompass and align with the goals and outcomes of the National Prevention Strategy (NPS). According to the Surgeon General’s website, “The Strategy prioritizes prevention by integrating recommendations and actions across multiple settings to improve health and save lives. It envisions a prevention-oriented society where all sectors recognize the value of health for individuals, families, and society and work together to achieve better health for Americans.”

Each year the National Prevention Council submits a report describing national progress in meeting specific prevention, health promotion, and public health goals defined in the NPS to the President and the relevant committees in Congress. To read a summary of the 2014 Annual Status Report of the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council (National Prevention Council) visit http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/initiatives/prevention/2014-npc-status-report.pdf.

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