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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April 2-8, 2018 marked National Public Health Week (NPHW), themed "Healthiest Nation 2030: Changing Our Future Together". This year, the National Nursing Network Organization was honored to receive a letter on behalf of the National Public Health Association, inviting this organization to officially become a NPHW partner.
In his keynote address to mark the occasion, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams noted “I believe with every fiber of my being that every American deserves to live a long and healthy life.” View Dr. Adams’ remarks, and other public health speeches here.
To maximize the health of all Americans, Dr. Adams emphasized the need to address such public health crises as the opioid epidemic, the effects of adverse childhood events, obesity, mental illness, and health inequity. To address such complex public health challenges, Adams stressed the importance of enhanced partnerships. A National Nurse of Public Health would represent collaboration between nursing, additional health professionals and policy experts to elevate health for all.
Each day of public health week highlighted a key public health topic, including improved mental health services, communicable disease prevention, health of the environment, community violence prevention, and health equity. Join the American Public Health Association and the NNNO to celebrate and improve the health of every American. You can find great tools and tips for advocacy through the American Public Health Association.
Thank you to Eric Bergman RN, CCM, President of the Case Management Society of America-Chicago (CMSA), for including the National Nurse Act in his opening remarks during the annual conference of the Illinois state affiliate of CMSA.
Eric spoke before 282 participants and reinforced these key points:
As the lead sponsor of The National Nurse Act, H.R. 1651, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30) embodies the role of nurses in public health, advocacy and leadership. As the first nurse elected to the United States Congress, Congresswoman Johnson has been a foundational supporter of a National Nurse for Public Health.
Recently, Congresswoman Johnson offered the following words in support of a national nurse, “Nurses play a critical role in the prevention and management of our nation’s deadliest conditions like diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and opioid addiction. They are also the first to comfort those who are in distress.
The National Nurse Act provides an opportunity to bring forth the significant and trusted voice of the nurse to the ongoing conversation about health and health care in America.
I am pleased to have introduced this legislation in the 115th Congress and, along with a bipartisan group of Members of Congress, have contacted the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee urging a hearing and markup on the bill as soon as possible, in order to move the legislation and allow the full Congress to weigh in on the important job our nurses perform every day in every corner of this country.”
Thanks to the leadership of dedicated elected officials like Congresswoman Johnson, The National Nurse Act is moving steadily closer to reality.
Together with the American Nurses Association (ANA), the National Nursing Network Organization honors and celebrates the work of nurses during National Nurses Week from May 6–12, 2018. This year, the ANA recognizes the vital role of nurses in elevating the health of individuals and communities through the theme “Nurses: Inspire, Innovate, Influence.” Additionally, ANA declared 2018 to be the “Year of Advocacy”. A National Nurse for Public Health would embody the leadership role of nurses in innovating and advancing the health and well-being of patients, families, communities, and our entire nation.
Each year, National Nurses Week honors the foundational work of Florence Nightingale around her birthday. This year, we reflect on how nurses protect and improve public health. To mark the occasion, the ANA provides the National Nurses Week 2018 Toolkit. During this Nurses Week, let’s recognize nurses as America’s most trusted professionals as we advocate and influence change. What better way to honor the work of nurses than through recognition of a National Nurse for Public Health.
Thank you to Cathy Lodico MS, RN, CCM for authoring the National Nurse Act that was featured in the January 2018 issue of CMSAtoday. Cathy currently serves as a member of the National Nursing Network Organization Advocacy Team. She is also the co-chair of the Case Management Society of New England public policy committee. Cathy believes that becoming more politically active is a choice and a learning experience that has challenged and assisted her in her personal growth and development.
Public policy and the healthcare environment was the theme for this month’s journal. Cathy writes, “Like the other case managers with who I have had the opportunity to work, I am passionate about public policy, especially when it focuses on best practices that have the potential to better serve clients and families. This is the case with the National Nurse Act, a bill that is intended to provide leadership aimed toward preventing chronic conditions that create a huge economic, physical, and psychosocial toll for all of us.”
Teri Mills MS, RN, CNE ®, President of the National Nursing Network Organization, was quoted in the article, “Nurses and case managers have always been terrific advocates for their patients and families in the hospital and community settings. However, this is no longer enough. It is crucial we take our voices to Capitol Hill and our state legislatures, where critical decision are being made that not only affect those we care for, but also the care we provide to them.”
Please take a look at this article as it provides many easy and practical suggestions on how you can begin your advocacy for this legislation.