(Pictured: Congressman David Wu)
Although the Thomas website is slow in updating the latest list of co-sponsors to HR 4903, the National Nurse Act of 2006, the National Nurse Team is pleased to announce that Congressman David Wu from Oregon is signing on to the bill. Two members of the Team met with Congressman Wu's staff last summer. The Team wishes to thank Congressman Wu and his staff for positively acknowledging the importance of the critical role nurses play in our nation's health care system.
Here is Congressman Wu's statement:
"Currently there are at least 100,000 vacant nursing positions in long-term care facilities and, predictions are that over the next 20 years our nation will be short as many as 400,000 nurses if nothing is done to change current trends. Clearly, we must do all we can to encourage individuals to enter the nursing profession," stated Congressman David Wu. "H.R. 4903, the National Nurse Act of 2006, would provide a good start to addressing the nursing shortage by coordinating education and community outreach efforts on a national level."
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Wednesday, March 29, 2006