Pictured: David Salie
When most of us think of nurses, we picture a warm bedside manner, a friendly, professional voice and touch at a time when we ourselves or a loved one is ill, anxious, or in discomfort. To me, nurses practice at their best when their manner reminds me of how my Mom cared for me when I was sick in bed as a child: Caring and gentle as they nurse you to wellness, and always reminding you that your most important job right now is to "get better." Well, America needs to get better too.
Nurses help us relieve pain, ease discomfort, get well and stay healthy. Imagine having a corps of health professionals on call 24/7, whose job was to help Americans stay well. Having an Office of the National Nurse would put a much needed public face on our national public health system and could help us set a national agenda to eat better, exercise more, and stay healthier longer. Nurses are true heroes. I support the bill that will create the Office of the National Nurse because it will be a very effective way to increase the value that these everyday heroes can bring to all Americans.
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The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Tuesday, October 03, 2006