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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Thank You Nightingale Initiative for Global Health

Thank you to the NIGH International Co-Directors for the following letter endorsing legislation to create an Office of the National Nurse. It is thrilling to have the support of an organization of this caliber and also to know the National Nursing Network Organization shares the NIGH goal of promoting health and highlighting the important work nurses do. For more information about the NIGH visit and sign the petition.

The NIGH today posted their announcement of support on their website.

Here is a transcript of the letter:

The Nightingale Initiative for Global Health is pleased to be able to take a support position on HR 4903. This very important federal legislation, authored by Representative Lois Capps, of California, will focus national attention on the importance of nursing; hopefully inspire entry into nursing careers, and enhance the value of practicing nurses.

The Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH) is developing the Nightingale Declaration Campaign (NDC) to support the 2008 UN General Assembly in adopting the following two United Nations Resolutions:
• 2010: International Year of the Nurse
• 2111-2020: UN Decade for a Healthy World

NIGH is further engaged in interdisciplinary dialogues for partnership and collaboration with nurses, midwives, related professionals and allied health care providers and other concerned citizens throughout the world. With focus on connection rather than specialization, NIGH is building a diverse and committed global network to implement the Nightingale Declaration Campaign and its objectives for this UN Decade.

Initial NDC sponsors are the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Decision Critical, Inc. and Dr. Jean Watson. NIGH welcomes worldwide collaboration of all interested organizations, universities, co-sponsors and individuals for participation in this innovative Internet-based advocacy project. Our mission is to:

• Unite, educate, support and collaborate with nurses, midwives, related professionals and allied health care providers and concerned citizens toward the goal of achieving a healthy world by 2020.
• Highlight the significance of nursing, midwifery and associated health services as critical components in all areas addressing global health.

If this legislation passes, and the Office of the National Nurse is established, it will help to prioritize and deliver the health agenda to the nation by complementing government services
already in place, and will focus much needed attention to a health agenda that prioritizes wellness and prevention. We strongly support this legislation.


Barbara M. Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN
Deva-Marie Beck, PhD, RN
Cynda H. Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN
NIGH International Co-Directors

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Thursday, May 10, 2007  

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