The Honorable Senator Ron Wyden
1220 SW 3rd Avenue Suite 585
Portland, OR 97204
Dear Senator Wyden,
As President of the Board of Directors of Food Front Cooperative Grocery, I am writing to you to urge that you introduce the companion bill to HR 4903, the National Nurse Act of 2006 as early as possible in the 110th Congress.
I and the other board members see the value of this proposed Office of the National Nurse as:
Focusing Americans on preventive health practices.
Reducing health care costs through prevention and education.
Providing a trusted unified source for people to consult when considering options for addressing their wellness needs.
Continuing the collaborative work nurses do with physicians and other health care providers in individual settings on a community and national level.
Developing National Nurse teams to serve as experienced medical volunteers in emergency situations.
Demonstrating the value of education as an important intervention to help decrease health care costs.
Attracting nurses to become educators by demonstrating teaching in action.
Food Front is a consumer cooperative working to build sustainable communities and a healthier world. The proposal for a National Nurse is in line with our mission. With so large a need for future nurses, having a single national office supporting the role of nurses is critical. Nurses and nursing education efficiently promote the future health and well being of our nation. The establishment of an Office of National Nurse could be a very useful tool in strengthening our important nursing work force in addition to helping to keep all Americans healthy.
Jan Wichert, President
Food Front Cooperative Grocery Board of Directors
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Friday, November 03, 2006