Pictured: Congresswoman Eshoo
"Nurses have been indispensable to the health and well-being of the American people throughout our history and they play an increasingly vital role in our modern health care system. Along with the high level of care they give individual patients, nurses provide critical leadership in educating people about the early warning signs of disease and the steps necessary to maintain a health lifestyle.
That's why I'm proud to cosponsor H.R. 4903, The National Nurse Act of 2006. The creation of a federal Office of the National Nurse would be an invaluable addition to our efforts to combat disease and improve public health awareness. As head of the office, the National Nurse would be able to help set national health priorities and implement a systematic education effort with media campaigns and coordinated community-based projects. Just as important, the initiative will help address our nation's critical nursing shortage by raising public consciousness about the benefits of joining the nursing profession.
For all these reasons, I heartily support The National Nurse Act."
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Friday, September 15, 2006