Pictured: Congressman Maurice Hinchey
"I hold nurses in the highest esteem. Nurses are likely to be the first medical profession a patient comes into contact with at a hospital or a doctor's office, and the last medical professional he or she sees before they leave. In between, it is the nurse who will monitor the patient's needs, vital signs and quality of care, and it's the nurse who will notice if something's going wrong. When a patient leaves a hospital, it's the care of a nurse that he or she will remember.
"But the practice of nursing is threatened today -- by stressful working conditions, by a massive nursing shortage, by an aging workforce, and by a dearth of nurse educators to train the next generation of professionals. I have worked hard in Congress to raise awareness of these very serious issues, but I believe that the establishment of an Office of the National Nurse, a position on par with the Office of the Surgeon General, is needed to truly bring these issues to the forefront. I am proud to offer my support for H.R. 4903."
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Wednesday, October 11, 2006