(Pictured: Teri Mills, Debbie Orre, Elizabeth Bienkowski, Terri Polick, Rep. Capps LA-Amy Fisher, Paxson Barker, Alisa Schneider, State Rep. Marcia Moody (NH) )
I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to join Super Nurses Teri, Terri and Alisa in their passionate quest to add well deserved prestige, recognition and widespread effectiveness to the nursing profession. I trust that the mobilization of the presently under-tapped resource of the very competent, dedicated and knowledgeable health facilitators, a.k.a. nurses, from every state in this country are in very capable hands. As I listened to the dialogue between the bright and insightful health liaisons, the spokespersons of the various Representatives and Senators whose Capitol Hill offices we visited, and our National Nurse leaders, I was struck by a growing sense of mutual admiration and excitement. Their response was overwhelmingly positive with their primary concerns being the cost of implementing the National Nurse Act and whether its existence and purpose would constitute a duplication of already existing programs. I am very thankful to have played a tiny part in this growing movement to illuminate the importance of the nurses who serve their fellow Americans every day and whose influence toward health promotion will grow exponentially after this bill is passed.
Elizabeth Bienkowski, RN MSN
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Tuesday, May 16, 2006