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Back Row: Anne Llewellyn RN-BC, BHSA, CCM, CRRN; Sheri Malstrom BSN, RN, PHN; Teri Mills MS, RN, CNE Front Row: Shevaun German BSN, RN; Robin Kimmel BSN, RN, CCM; Katie Roy SN
Thank you to Dorland Health’s Editor in Chief, Anne Llewellyn RN-BC, MS, BHSA, CCM, CRRN for writing an up to date and accurate account of her participation in the National Nursing Network Organization’s March trip to Washington DC. The article, National Nurse Initiative Gains Steam on Capitol Hill, is well worth taking a look at, as it includes strong rationale as to why this legislation is timely and needed. Here is an excerpt from this article:
“Today, with the focus on prevention, education, consumer empowerment and engagement as the keys to containing escalating healthcare costs, all eyes are turning to nurses. Why, you ask? Because nurses are the most trusted and largest segment of the healthcare workforce, numbering 3.1 million registered nurses throughout the United States.
Currently, there is a growing grassroots effort that will provide leadership and strengthen efforts by nurses in every community to assist in the nationwide paradigm shift to prevention and wellness, which will empower consumers to be active in their care and contain escalating healthcare costs. The National Nurse for Public Health campaign is being spearheaded by the National Nursing Network Organization, a volunteer advocacy group whose members have worked since 2006 to spread the word on the effort and gain support from consumers, healthcare professionals, national organizations and members of Congress.”
Returning to Capitol Hill This September
The support the National Nursing Network Organization received for the most recent trip to Washington DC was tremendous and greatly appreciated. It is because of your financial support that we are now planning a return trip this September.
We cannot do this without you!
Please consider making a recurring donation on line or emailing the NNNO Board of Directors to learn where to mail a check. For contributions 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 when our team returns to Capitol Hill.
*The NNNO is a 501c4 non-profit organization, but is not tax exempt (because our purpose is to advocate for the initiative) and therefore your contributions are NOT tax deductible.
The National Nurse Team will be returning to Washington DC this September and your help is needed! Airfares from the West to the East Coast have skyrocketed, and your contribution will help to ensure that this trip is equally as successful to those taken in the past.
There are three ways that you can make a donation. 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.
Pictured: NNNO Board Members Elizabeth McPhee RN, Katie Hall MSN, RN, and Teri Mills MS, RN, CNE
Another option has been made available via an NNNO Advocacy Team member, Tara Candela, who has set up a page on Go Fund Me, with a goal of raising $3,000. This is the cost of two hotel rooms that will each sleep three supporters for three nights and three air tickets.
You also may contact the NNNO Board if you prefer to mail a check. For contributions 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 while we are on Capitol Hill. Thank you to those who have sent in donations from California, Massachusetts, Ohio, Oregon, Wisconsin, Vermont, and Virginia.
*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.
Thank you to NJ State Representative Joseph Cryan for introducing the companion bill to SR16, a resolution urging Congress and the President of the United States to enact the National Nurse Act of 2013. http://legiscan.com/NJ/bill/AR85/2014 was introduced February 24th and unanimously reported out of the New Jersey Assembly Regulated Professions Committee on May 8th.
Many nurses and nursing organizations sent in testimony in favor of AR85 because they see the merit in The National Nurse Act of 2013, legislation that this resolution is promoting. Below are a few of the clauses contained within AR85:
“WHEREAS, the National Nurse for Public Health would elevate and enhance the critical role nursing occupies in promoting, protecting and advancing the nation's health, and will assist the Surgeon General in promoting a nationwide shift in healthcare prevention and wellness; and
WHEREAS, The National Nurse for Public Health will identify national health priorities, provide guidance and leadership for activities to promote public health, encourage volunteerism among nurses and other health professionals, develop projects that educate the public in prevention practices to achieve better health, encourage nurses to further their education in order to conduct nursing research, increase awareness of evidence-based practice, educate future nurses, and enhance recruitment in order to combat the serious nursing shortage; and
WHEREAS, It is in the best interest of the residents of New Jersey for Congress to enact and the President to sign this legislation to elevate the position of the Chief Nurse Officer of the United States Public Health Service in order to bring more visibility to the critical role nursing occupies in promoting, protecting, and advancing the mental and physical health of the nation's citizens.
BE IT RESOLVED by the General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
The United States Congress and the President of the United States are respectfully urged to enact the "National Nurse Act of 2013."
Nurses from New Jersey were present at the state capitol on June 16th when AR85 came before the NJ State House of Representatives for an overwhelming vote of 71-2 in support. Special thanks to Assemblywomen Mila Jasey (D-27), Nancy Munoz (R-21), and Nancy Pinkin (D-28), the three nurses serving in the NJ State House, for their backing.
The National Nursing Network Organization is proud to include support from the American Association of Community Colleges and the Association of Community College Trustees for H.R. 485, The National Nurse Act of 2013. From the AACC website:
"The nation's 1,132 community colleges enroll nearly half of all undergraduates in the U.S.–just over 13 million students. Community colleges are centers of educational opportunity. They are an American invention that put publicly funded higher education at close-to-home facilities, beginning nearly 100 years ago with Joliet Junior College. Since then, community colleges have been inclusive institutions that welcome all who desire to learn, regardless of wealth, heritage, or previous academic experience. The process of making higher education available to the maximum number of people continues to evolve at 1,167 public and independent community colleges–1,600 when branch campuses are included."
The Honorable Eddie Bernice Johnson
U.S. House of Representatives
2468 Rayburn Office Building
Washington DC 20515
Dear Congresswoman Johnson:
The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) write in support of HR 485, the National Nurse Act of 2013. We represent over 1,100 community colleges offering nearly 900 Associate Degree in Nursing programs, where the majority of the nation's registered nurses (RNs) have chosen to earn their nursing degrees. Our colleges, recognized for a decades-long commitment to ensuring RNs are available to care for patients in communities nationwide, are equally committed to meeting current workforce needs for nurses prepared for practice and leadership in community and public settings.
Your proposal–the National Nurse Act–to appoint a representative from the most trusted profession in America (nursing) in a high profile leadership role offers great potential to increase the effectiveness of the Public Health Service as well as to generate interest in the nursing profession. Community colleges are particularly heartened that the National Nurse Act includes nursing education, recruitment, and career strategies to address the nation's need for nurses, as our colleges have been unable to consider many qualified enrollment applications due to shortages of clinical placement sites and faculty. We welcome the opportunity to work with you to address these and other challenges to meeting America's healthcare workforce needs.
We commend you for the introduction of this important piece of legislation, and readily lend our support. Elevating the role of nurses and nursing science will serve to strengthen the profession and bring light to the needs of students and training providers. We thank you for your support for our nation's nurses, and look forward to working with you to pass the National Nurse Act of 2013.
Walter G. Bumphus, AACC President and CEO
J. Noah Brown, ACCT President and CEO
Patricia Noonan RN, MBA, CCM, who chairs the Public Policy Committee of the Case Management Society of America (CMSA), served as a catalyst by launching a "Nurses Lead the Way" Call to Action Campaign. Members of CMSA were asked to take action to support H.R. 485 /S. 1475, The National Nurse Act of in tandem recognition with National Nurse's Week. Activities included outreach to members of the House and Senate to request their co sponsorship of this legislation.
CMSA also is looking into including information in their upcoming Public Policy News to share information with members and urge their support. CMSA has over 10,000 members.
The NNNO has already received requests for information and assistance to make their outreach to Congress successful. It is rewarding and an honor to partner with the Case Management Society of America as this is a premier membership association that provides professional collaboration across the healthcare continuum to advocate for patients’ well being and improved health outcomes by fostering case management growth and development and impacting health care policy.