Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX)
Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson is the first registered nurse to be elected to the United States Congress. She is also the first woman and the first African-American to serve Dallas, Texas. Now in her seventh term of office, Congresswoman Johnson is known as the "Gentlewoman from Texas". Here is her statement on The National Nurse Act of 2006.
"Never before in the history of this nation has there been a greater need for an Office of the National Nurse -- an individual to provide leadership and messages of prevention and healthy living. Increasing numbers of Americans are obese. Diabetes threatens millions' quality of life. An aging population means increased vulnerability to Alzheimer's, arthritis, falls -- all conditions that can be ameliorated or prevented with clear,basic health information. As a nurse, I strongly support H.R. 4903 and hope for a day when America can benefit from this beneficial policy proposal."
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Tuesday, June 13, 2006