Special Interest:  H.R. 1651 and S. 1106

HR 1651 The National Nurse Act of 2017

Sponsor of H.R. 1651 in the 115th Congress:
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson TX-30

Original Co-Sponsors:


S. 1106 The National Nurse Act of 2017

Sponsor of S. 1106 in the 115th Congress:
Jeff Merkley (OR-D)

Original Co-Sponsor:


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Monday, June 18, 2018

Healthiest Nation 2030 - United for Public Health

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.

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Monday, June 04, 2018

Celebrating & Educating Case Managers in Chicago

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:

  • The campaign for a National Nurse for Public Health is led by an all-volunteer board and advocacy team- in fact, many who serve on the NNNO Advocacy team are also members of CMSA.
  • The National Nurse Act is cost neutral, asking that the Chief Nurse Officer (CNO) of Public Health Service (PHS) to be designated as the National Nurse for Public Health.
  • Now more than ever, nurses 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.
  • The National Nurse Act highlights the important work nurses and case managers perform every day to promote health in our country.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Advocates for a National Nurse for Public Health

Pictured: U.S Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, representing the 30th Congressional District of Texas

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.

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Monday, May 07, 2018

National Nurses Week (May 6-12) – “Nurses: Inspire, Innovate, Influence”

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.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

CMSA Journal Features Story on National Nurse Act

Cathy Lodico MS, RN, CCM and Meredith Shevitz, Special Assistant for Policy and Project-Office of Senator Maggie Hassan (NH-D)

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 speaks Senator Merkley’s press conference following introduction of National Nurse Act and Title 8 Nursing Workforce Reauthorization legislation

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.

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