Sponsor of HR 379 in the 114th Congress:
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson TX-30
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Thank you to the many national and state based affiliates who are going above and beyond sending a letter of support to the NNNO. The American Federation of Teachers hosted a successful Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill in February; the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates mobilized a phone call campaign to U.S. Representatives and Senators; the West Virginia Nurses Association plans to publish a story this Fall about the National Nurse Act in their quarterly newsletter; the Greater Passaic Valley Public Health Nurses Association has been successful in convincing many Representatives within the New Jersey Congressional delegation to co-sponsor H.R. 379; and plans are underway with the Case Management Society of America to advocate jointly on Capitol Hill next month.
The National Nursing Network Organization extends its heartiest congratulations to NNNO Advocacy Team member Anne Llewellyn RN-BC, MS, BHSA, CCM, CRRN who was presented the Case Management Society of America's (CMSA) highest honor, the CMSA Lifetime Achievement Award, during its 25th Annual Conference and Expo.
The CMSA Board of Directors awards the Lifetime Achievement Award only to an individual who has made a significant contribution to practice of case management and in support of CMSA. The CMSA Lifetime Achievement Award honors Anne Llewellyn for having distinguished herself in both of these categories.
Anne is a registered nurse with over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She holds a Master's Degree in Training and Development from St. Francis University and a Bachelor in Health Services from Barry University. Anne is a board certified case manager through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the Commission for Case Manager Certification. She is also a certified registered rehabilitation nurse through the American Rehabilitation Nursing Association.
Anne is a past President of the Case Management Society of America and also Governor for District 27 of Quota International. She is a frequent speaker both nationally and internationally on issues related to the practice. In addition, she is a co-author of Case Management Review and Resource Manual: published by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and now in its 4th edition. Most recently, Anne served as Editor in Chief, Professional Patient Advocate Institute, Dorland Health.
While it is noted that Anne is all of the above mentioned, more importantly, she is an extraordinary human being, a great nurse leader, and an exemplary role model and mentor to those who choose to be politically active and make a difference in improving the health of our society. Despite her amazingly busy schedule, Anne is always available and willing to share her expertise with others. We are proud to know her and it is an honor to call her our friend.
The National Nurse Team will be making its annual trek to Washington DC September 16-18th. You are invited to join supporters of H.R. 379, The National Nurse Act of 2015 on Capitol Hill. These days are action-packed, team oriented, and lots of fun. Newcomers to the political process are welcome. This is a great opportunity to get involved and learn effective strategies for meeting with your elected officials. These group meetings are pre-scheduled and materials are provided. If you are interested in participating please email the NNNO Board
Thank you to the many contributors who have helped to make this trip possible. So far, packets of information with certificates recognizing donors from California, Massachusetts, New York, Texas, and Virginia will be delivered to Congressional members who represent those states/districts. If you would like to ensure that the team visits with your elected officials, please visit the National Nurse PayPal page and consider making a one time or monthly donation. Small recurring donations help immensely as these add up and make a difference.
* The NNNO is a 501c4 non-profit organization, but is not tax exempt (because our purpose is to lobby for the initiative) and therefore your contributions are NOT tax deductible.
Two recent issues of Working Nurse (April 6-May 4 and June 8-July 13th) contained informative articles about H.R. 379, The National Nurse Act of 2015. The first article, National Nurse for Public Health, includes a synopsis of the duties that will be performed by the Chief Nurse Officer of the USPHS who will be designated as the National Nurse for Public Health. The latter describes the progress for the bill, including introduction of the Senate companion bill (S. 1205) by Senator Jeff Merkley (OR-D) and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (WV-R) in May.
Thank you to Dean Janie Heath PhD, APRN-BC, FAAN for sending a letter to the editor of the Lexington Herald-Leader (Kentucky) in support of the National Nurse Act. Dr. Heath's piece, Nurses in forefront of health care reform, emphasizes the role that nurse leaders are taking in society to ensure that we all live longer, stronger, and healthier lives. She praises Senators Merkley and Capito for taking initiative to introduced bipartisan legislation for a National Nurse for Public Health.
Dr. Heath states, "We are the largest health profession, over 3.2 million registered nurses strong, and we stand positioned to provide a uniting national voice to transform the lives of our patients, families, communities and systems. Now more than ever, we have a responsibility to promote prevention, help improve outcomes and guide local, state and national initiatives to address our most pressing and challenging health problems."
Last month several members of the House of Representatives added their support for H.R. 379, The National Nurse Act of 2015.
Representative Bob Dold (IL-10-R) was one of the many members of the House to sign on in June to the National Nurse Act of 2015. Rep. Dold, who was re-elected to his second term in the House of Representatives, currently serves on the powerful Ways and Means Committee. He is passionate about advancing bipartisan solutions saying we must draw strength by partnering together and identifying areas of common ground and potential. This certainly holds true for H.R. 379, legislation that has strong bipartisan support from both sides of the aisle. Rep. Dold's constituents are thrilled and grateful for his decision to co- sponsor this bill.
Supporters of the National Nurse Act also learned that Representative Diana DeGette (CO-1-D) became a co sponsor to H.R. 379 on June 8th. Rep. DeGette currently serves as the Chief Deputy Whip. She is also a member of the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee and is considered to be one of the leading voices in the health care debate in this country. Rep. DeGette is committed to expanding access to health care and improving public health. She has led efforts to expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), which provides health insurance to low-income children up to age 18. Supporters of the National Nurse Act of 2015 are grateful to Rep. DeGette for her co sponsorship.
Thank you to Representative Eliot Engel (NY-16-D) who became the 25th co sponsor. Rep. Engel is the second ranking Democratic member of the Health Subcommittee where H.R. 379 currently resides. He is a life-long resident of the Bronx and has been a leader in global health. His bill, "Stop Tuberculosis Now Act" increased U.S. support for international TB control activities and promotes research to develop new drugs, diagnostics and vaccines. The National Nursing Network Organization [http://nationalnurse.org] (NNNO) and supporters are grateful for his support for the National Nurse Act of 2015.
Thank you to Representative Alcee Hastings (FL-20-D) for standing with the supporters of the National Nurse Act of 2015. Known to many as "Judge," Alcee Hastings has distinguished himself as an attorney, civil rights activist, judge, and now Member of Congress. Throughout his lifetime, Congressman Hastings has championed the rights of minorities, women, the elderly, children, and immigrants. Rep. Hastings continues to advocate for smart, comprehensive, and sustainable health care reform.
Representative Scott Rigell (VA-2-R) announced his support for The National Nurse Act of 2015 on June 15th. He served six years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, rising to the rank of Sergeant before receiving an honorable discharge. Rep. Rigell was elected to represent Virginia's Second Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives in November 2010 and is serving in his third term. He currently serves on the influential House Committee on Appropriations. Thank you Rep. Rigell for co-sponsoring H.R. 379.
Thank you to Representative Peter Roskam (IL-6-R) for signing on to H.R. 379 the last week in June. Rep. Roskam is a native of Chicago and is serving his fifth term in the House of Representatives. He serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, and is a member of the Health Subcommittee. Rep. Roskam also chairs the Oversight Subcommittee—a key watchdog post with jurisdiction into the spending and operations of tax-writing and healthcare programs within the federal government.
Representative Louise Slaughter (NY-25-D) is uniquely qualified as a supporter for H.R. 379 having earned a Masters of Science Degree in Public Health from the University of Kentucky. Rep. Slaughter is considered to be one of the most powerful women in Congress and is a leader and advocate for the citizens who live in Rochester, the city that she represents. Early in her congressional career, Rep. Slaughter successfully fought for the passage of legislation that guarantees women and minorities are included in all federal health trials, establishing the Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Thank you Rep. Slaughter for signing on to H.R. 379.
Thank you to Representative Jackie Speier (CA-14-D) for co sponsoring the National Nurse Act of 2015. Rep. Speier has been a leader for many issues that impact our nation's health and well-being; she is the Vice Chair of the Gun Prevention Task Force in the House of Representatives. She has introduced the "Stop Selling and Marketing to Our Kids E-Cigarettes (SMOKE) Act" and the "Detergent Poisoning and Child Safety (PACS) Act" to protect children from poisoning. Rep. Speier is a driving force behind the fight against human trafficking.
Another Congressional member to sign on to H.R. 379 in June was Representative Glenn "GT" Thompson (PA-5-R). According to Rep. Thompson's website, "Prior to being elected to Pennsylvania's geographically largest congressional district, Congressman Thompson spent 28 years as a therapist, rehabilitation services manager and a licensed Nursing Home Administrator. Through his professional experiences, GT has touched the lives of thousands of individuals facing life-altering conditions. As a result, he has learned firsthand the importance of access to quality healthcare and has become a strong advocate for increased access, affordability, quality of care, and patient choice." Thank you Rep. Thompson for recognizing the importance of health promotion and prevention and agreeing to co sponsor the National Nurse Act.
Thank you to Representative Ed Whitfield (KY-1-R), the third ranking member of the Health Subcommittee and a leader on many healthcare issues for lending his support to the National Nurse Act as a co sponsor. Rep. Whitfield is also a member of the House Nursing Caucus for the 114th Congress. He believes that health behavior should be encouraged and preventive care promoted. Rep. Whitfield is also aware that 74% of all costs are confined to four chronic conditions-cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. A large majority of these conditions are preventable. Supporters of the National Nurse Act are thrilled to have Rep. Whitfield's support.