Thank you Jeanne Crawford, Executive Director of the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA), President Carla Mariano EdD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAIM and the AHNA Leadership Council for their endorsement of an Office of the National Nurse. Here is the letter that the AHNA sent to Representative Lois Capps (CA-23):
May 22, 2007
To Rep. Lois Capps:
The American Holistic Nurses Association, a membership organization of 3500 nurses that serves as the definitive voice for holistic nurses, is honored to fully support HR 4903, The National Nurse Act of 2006 and the creation of a federal Office of the National Nurse.
Nurses comprise the largest health profession in the United States and we agree with Susan Sullivan MSN that “Nursing needs a visible symbol to help raise visibility and prestige to combat the shortage of nurses. Leadership at the national level will not only improve recruitment into nursing, but can harness the nation's large nurse workforce to lead the way to create a culture of prevention in health care. Nurses participating on community based teams under the leadership and guidance of a National Nurse could change our culture, and lead the nation to a new philosophy with a focus on prevention in our healthcare system." (Senior Public Health Nurse and Public Health Training Coordinator in Public Health Community Nursing Services, May 17, 2007)
Thank you for the opportunity to add our voices to the growing clamor for a Federal Office of the National Nurse.
The Leadership Council of the American Holistic Nurses Association
323 North San Francisco
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, May 28, 2007