Congressman Payne's statement:
As we work to meet the challenge of providing quality and affordable health care for all of our communities, it is important that we recognize the vital role that nurses play in delivering key health care services. That is why I am proud to join as a cosponsor of the National Nurse Act, legislation that would create an Office of the National Nurse.
In discussing health-related issues with constituents throughout my Congressional District, I often encounter patients who tell me what a critical difference a nurse has made in their lives or the lives of a loved one. Nursing is a profession that requires not only medical training, but also the ability to soothe those in their care. Whether caring for patients in hospitals, administering home health care, providing services to schools, or managing corporate health programs, nurses are skilled professionals who make an enormous contribution to the health of our nation.
By establishing an Office of the National Nurse, we can accomplish a number of significant goals, from drawing attention to national health priorities to helping address the need for more nurses in our health care system. When Congress reconvenes, I will continue urging my colleagues to join me in supporting this important legislation.
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Thursday, November 16, 2006