Wendy H. Vogel, RN, MSN, FNP, AOCNP from Bristol, Tennessee, the coordinator of the Oncology Nurse Practitioner Special Interest Group writes a poignant introduction to the March 2007 newsletter. The title, SIG Members Should Collaborate to Accomplish Goals
says it all. The current problems in nursing including the workforce shortage, the budget cuts to public health nursing, cuts to nurse educator grants, not to mention the ongoing crisis in a sick care system that is becoming more expensive and inaccessible every day, will only be solved by the nursing community coming together to find solutions.
Vogel calls for all NPs in the ONS to become collaborationists and says they must work together to address the many problems that healthcare faces today. Vogel states nurses also must reach beyond ourselves to partner with others to achieve this purpose. Besides common goals and shared objectives, collaboration calls for mutual trust and respect, open communication, and complementary yet diverse skills and knowledge. Collaboration allows us to see beyond our own limited boundaries and beliefs to examine other ideas and viewpoints and enables us to conceive results that would not be possible alone. Vogel encourages her readers to provide their collaborative support of the National Nurse Act.
Also included in this newsletter
is an article written by Teri Mills, President of the National Nursing Network Organization, that describes how the campaign for an Office of the National Nurse began and how nurses can become involved to move the proposal forward in the 110th Congress.
It is by what we ourselves have done, and not by what others have done for us, that we shall be remembered in after ages.
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, March 19, 2007