Sponsor of H.R. 1651 in the 115th Congress:
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson TX-30
Sponsor of S. 1106 in the 115th Congress:
Jeff Merkley (OR-D)
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Influenza season is upon us, with an estimated 6-7 million people in the US sickened during 2018-2019, including up to 84,000 individuals requiring hospital care. Hospitalization marks the likelihood of adverse outcomes, including death.
Vaccination remains the best defense against flu. Influenza vaccines are safe and recommended by the CDC annually for all individuals over 6 months. In addition to protecting against flu, vaccines also lessen the severity of illness, decreasing the risk of hospitalization and death. Flu vaccines are particularly critical for protecting children, older adults and individuals with vulnerable health. It’s not too late to receive a flu vaccine this season.
A National Nurse for Public Health would lead in disease prevention and management to decrease the effects of influenza on the community. Nurses are trusted leaders in hygiene, safety and disease prevention, perfectly positioned to work alongside other health professionals on flu prevention. Join the National Nursing Network Organization in preventing flu: get a vaccine, wash your hand and stay home when you are sick. Check out the CDC for more tips on flu prevention.
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Recently two U.S. Senators, both from New Hampshire, came out in support of S. 1106 The National Nurse Act by becoming co–sponsors of this legislation. Thank you to Senator Margaret (“Maggie”) Hassan and Senator Jeanne Shaheen for your support.
According to Senator Hassan’s website, “Senator Maggie Hassan is committed to working with members of both parties to represent New Hampshire values and to solve problems in order to expand middle class opportunity, support small businesses, and keep America safe, secure, and free. She is the second woman in American history to be elected both Governor and United States Senator, along with fellow New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen. Senator Hassan was drawn to public service as an advocate fighting to ensure that children like her son Ben, who experiences severe disabilities, would be fully included in their communities and have the same opportunities that all parents want for their children. One of the committees Senator Hassan serves on is HELP (the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions).
Senator Shaheen has served in the U.S. Senate since 2009 and is a member of the Senate Committees on Armed Services, Foreign Relations, Appropriations, and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. She is committed to seeing that more work is done to offer solutions that improve the quality of care people receive while at the same time, contain costs. Senator Shaheen, along with Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Medicare Transitional Care Act. This legislation addressed costly hospital readmissions by providing seniors and their caretakers support during the vulnerable time after discharge from a hospital.
Special appreciation goes out to NNNO Advocacy Team member Cathy Lodico MS, RN, CCM, who made several trips to the DC and district offices of Senator Shaheen and Senator Hassan to urge their support for S. 1106. Cathy recently received a letter from Senator Shaheen, who is a strong advocate for the nursing profession.
Senator Shaheen writes:
“I am (also) a cosponsor of the National Nurse Act, which would elevate the individual serving as the Chief Nurse Office of the Public Health Service to the position of National Nurse for Public Health. This change would bring the perspective of nurses, who are on the frontlines of our most pressing public health issues, to the forefront of leadership in identifying and addressing national health priorities with the Office of the Surgeon General. The measure is currently pending before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, of which I am not a member, but please be assured that I will keep your advocacy in mind as I work to bring this measure and other nursing-related bills to the full Senate for a vote.”
Earlier this spring, nurses and case managers convened for a task force meeting at the Miami Jewish Center that focused on strengthening compliance and standards for licensed facilities for seniors. Rep. Frederica Wilson (FL-24-D) served as a host. Eight seniors perished in the Hollywood Hills nursing home in sweltering temperatures when Hurricane Irma knocked out power and no other electricity was available for air conditioning. According to Rep. Wilson’s press release, the mission of this task force is to explore policies and measures to prevent catastrophes like the one that took place at Hollywood Hills. Lives are saved when long-term care centers take precautions.
A participant at this meeting was NNNO Board member, Anne Llewellyn RN-BC, MS, BHSA, CCM, CRRN. Anne came prepared to the meeting to educate Rep. Wilson about H.R. 1651 and ask that she become the 75th co-sponsor for the bill. Thank you to Anne for her continued advocacy and to the Congresswoman for her support.
Also joining the growing list of co-sponsors in the House of Representatives for H.R. 1651 The National Nurse Act is Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27-R). Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen began her career as a certified teacher in Florida. She was first elected to serve in Congress in 1989, becoming the first Hispanic woman to do so. Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen is committed to increasing the affordability of healthcare through common sense reforms as the best solution in assuring more Americans have access to quality healthcare.