Pictured: Barbara Roberts, Governor of Oregon 1990-1994
I am proud to support the grassroots efforts of nurses who are working to establish an Office of the National Nurse and teams of dedicated nurses throughout the country who will deliver much needed educational programs to every community, including those who live in underserved areas.
Having a National Nurse address the nation each week on ways to live healthy will not only improve public health by using plain spoken language that every American can understand, but will also serve as a beacon of inspiration to attract others to the nursing profession at a time when our country is facing a critical shortage of nurses.
HR 4903, the National Nurse Act of 2006, introduced by the Honorable Lois Capps (CA) on March 8, 2006 into the 109th session of Congress, has the potential to save many lives, reduce needless suffering, and save dollars in a healthcare system that is already bursting at the seams. HR 4903 also encourages nurses to become educators in order to increase student enrollment in nursing programs and to help ease the shortage.
As former Governor of the state of Oregon, I know we are capable of working together in a bipartisan fashion to deliver health care to all Americans and to keep the nursing profession strong. All five members of the US Congressional delegation from Oregon have signed on to HR 4903 as cosponsors, and it is my hope that every US Representative will join them in this worthwhile effort.
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, August 28, 2006