Pictured: Anne Llewellyn
As an experienced critical care nurse, certified case manager, rehabilitation nurse and educator, I am proud to support the establishment of the Office of National Nurse and HR 4903.
As our country moves towards a patient centered healthcare system consumers require guidance and support to successfully navigate the healthcare system. Nurses are in a unique position to lead this effort as they are the only professional, as a member of the care coordination team, who has direct access to the patient 24/7, when they are physically in the hospital system, and available by email/phone for those in the outpatient setting.
What has been needed and what HR 4903 will finally provide is a coordinated and streamlined system where nurses across the country can be called to action. The results of this 'call to action' will be a system where communication is streamlined, care is coordinated, educational efforts are structured to increase motivation so patients begin to change behaviors that contribute to catastrophic and chronic conditions, and improve adherence of care.
HR 4903 is the first plan of its kind to address the myth that there is a nursing shortage in the United States and finally recognizes that nurses are quietly working in every corner of today's healthcare system. The Office of the National Nurse will recognize the power of the nurse and finally provide the opportunity for nurses to recognize their strengths and begin to address in a systematic manner the problems that contribute to duplication, errors, and frustration which contribute to escalating healthcare spending. The results of HR 4903 will be a system that utilizes resources appropriately, works together as a team and recognizes the patient as the center of the system.
Anne Llewellyn, RN.C, MS, BHSA, CCM, CRRN
Editor In Chief for Dorland Healthcare Information
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, December 04, 2006