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Monday, October 09, 2006

National Nurse Act Makes Front Page

Pictured: Alisa Schneider, Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Teri Mills
Congressman Blumenauer addressed the International Downtown Association's annual conference last Sunday in Portland, Oregon, describing the many ways transportation and livability of a city are interconnected. He is a cosponsor of HR 4903 and states the National Nurse team is creating quite a stir in Washington DC.

Today's Oregonian featured a front page story about the National Nurse Act of 2006. The article was titled An Oregon nurse has a way to care for all Americans.

Here are a few excerpts of the article:

"It was only 17 months ago, on May 20, 2005, that Mills described her idea in a column published on The New York Times' Op-Ed page. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., saw the column and entered it in the Congressional Record, where it gathered more interest."

"That's why a national nurse, assisted by groups of local nurses, makes sense for a health education program, Mills said. Nurses are the largest health care work force in the country, she said, and they are a trusted profession. They already explain how to take medicine prescribed by a physician, how to continue care at home after leaving the hospital and, she said, they usually are the ones who take the time to listen to patients with questions or concerns about their health."

"The Capps bill has gained an unusually large number of co-sponsors for first-time legislation, said Emily Kryder, the congresswoman's press secretary. Nevertheless, legislation usually is introduced several times before winding through the committee process and the Senate to become law, she said. The bill probably won't pass in the lame-duck session after the November elections, but Capps expects to reintroduce the proposal in 2007, Kryder said."

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, October 09, 2006  

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