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Sponsor of HR 379 in the 114th Congress:
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson TX-30
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Congratulations to NNNO Advocacy Team Member Shevaun German RN on completion of her MSN degree from Loretto Heights School of Nursing (Regis University) last month. Shevaun was awarded “Outstanding Achievement: Leadership in Nursing Management” for her academic excellence, volunteerism on a mission to Haiti (Forward in Health), and advocating for elected officials’ support for H.R. 379 The National Nurse Act of 2015 on Capitol Hill.
Shevaun began volunteering with the National Nursing Network Organization (NNNO) three years ago. As a member of the NNNO Advocacy Team, she has participated in multiple conference calls and has traveled several times to Washington DC to advocate for H.R. 379. Not only has Shevaun met with members’ health policy staff and legislative directors, she has additionally facilitated face to face meetings with several U.S. Representatives to educate them why designating the Chief Nurse Officer as the National Nurse for Public Health is warranted.
Shevaun visits Capitol Hill
Shevaun says she has learned how inefficiently public health messages are delivered to nurses and believes this a result of having no formally recognized National Nurse leader for public health. The nursing profession comprises a workforce that includes many retired nurses and students who are more then willing to volunteer and help promote health in their local communities. Language included in H.R. 379 that Shevaun is particularly passionate about is having a National Nurse for Public Health who will provide guidance and leadership for activities to promote the public health, including encouraging nurses and other health professionals to be volunteers, and developing projects that educate the public in prevention practices that will achieve better health.
“As a nurse I have the privilege to positively influence humanity every day! Social justice and civic engagement are concepts that are alive in my personal and professional life. These values are woven into the fabric of my beliefs and I will continue to be involved in service to others.”
The NNNO is proud to work alongside Shevaun for passage of this bill.
Thank you to the generous contributions we received from supporters who live in all corners of our country. Your donations will help to make our trip to Washington DC successful and we want you to know we could not do this without you!
Please consider making an on line donation or emailing the NNNO Board of Directors to learn where to mail a check. For every single contribution of $20 or more, the team will place a certificate in your honor inside an informational packet that will be hand delivered to the offices of your U.S. Representative or Senators during our next advocacy trip to Washington DC, planned for this coming September.
The NNNO is a 501c4 non-profit organization, but is not tax exempt (because our purpose is to lobby for the legislation) and therefore your contributions are NOT tax deductible.
The American Association of Nurse Attorneys honored NNNO President Teri Mills MS, RN, CNE with the 2014 humanitarian award in honor of Mary Eleanor McGarvah, the first nurse attorney.
The award is granted to an individual or group that has made a significant contribution to the development of health law, nursing and policy. Naming the award in honor of Mary Eleanor McGarvah is recognition of her contribution to the public's health and to society in her role of attorney and public health nurse.
Ms. McGarvah was born in 1886. She graduated from nursing school in 1911 and law school in 1929. She devoted her life to public service, working for the Detroit Health Department almost a half century. She focused her energies as a nurse and as an attorney on public health law enforcement, and often stated that her goals were to improve maternal and infant health. She initiated reform and public policy in licensure of midwives, nursing homes and mental health hospitals from 1914 until her death in 1979.
The first McGarvah Award was presented to Tipper Gore in 1998. Another notable recipient was U.S. Representative Lois Capps (CA) in 2003.
Pictured: Tara Candela MSN, RN, JD; Kathy Mancusi RN, ESQ; Jacqueline Walus-Wigle RN, CPHQ, ESQ; Teri Mills MS, RN, CNE; Trudy Kiaunis BSN, JD
Mills was given this award for her significant humanitarian contributions for leading the National Nursing Network Organization in advocating for the establishment of the National Nurse for Public Health.
Thank you to the Office of the Surgeon General for taking a stand on the importance of childhood vaccinations. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has taken this message straight to our children, joining forces with Elmo of Sesame Street, in a new public service announcement. This educational message was timed for National Infant Immunization Week - April 18-25, 2015.
"Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools we have for preventing disease and death," Murthy wrote in a blog post about the campaign. "Among children in the U.S. born between 1994 and 2013, routine vaccinations will prevent an estimated 322 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations, and 732,000 deaths over the course of their lifetimes."
Thank you to Jamie Davis RN, NRP, BACFO, MedicCast Productions, LLC for featuring Teri Mills MS, RN, CNE in a special podcast for National Nurses Week. By doing so, Jamie was able to provide an audience of nurses with an update on The National Nurse Act of 2015 (H.R. 379). This eleven minute YouTube video accurately describes the current legislation, including revisions made from the bill in the 113th Congress, and what supporters are doing to promote it on Capitol Hill and beyond. Also included are ways for listeners to take action and get involved. Please listen and share widely on your own social media outlets. This is a great way to educate others about why this bill is needed.