History: HR 4903 was the original BILL introduced in the last session (109th Congress) to create an Office of a National Nurse. HR4903 RECEIVED 42 CO-SPONSORS, but it was not enacted into law AND HAS NOW EXPIRED. The National Nursing Network Organization is currently working with legislators to reintroduce this important initiative in the 110th Congress as endorsements for the campaign continue to come in. The most recent is from the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care as they too recognize the merit in establishing an Office of the National Nurse.
The Board of Directors of the National Nursing Network Organization extends its heartfelt appreciation to the national Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) for their support to establish an Office of the National Nurse. Nurses working with HIV positive clients understand the importance of prevention so that we can stop this epidemic here at home and internationally.
June 13, 2007
Dear Congresswoman Capps,
On behalf of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC), the national nursing organization and leader in response to HIV disease and AIDS, we enthusiastically add our support of creating an Office of the National Nurse and urge that you reintroduce legislation to establish this position.
A primary mission of ANAC is to meet the needs of nurses as they relate to HIV/AIDS care. An Office of the National Nurse would provide our nurses with the platform necessary to advocate for improvements and advances in care for our patients. In addition, this office would provide opportunities for nurses’ voices to be heard regarding important and essential health care related issues.
As you are aware, nurses are the largest group of health care providers in the nation. In addition, they are the most trusted. As nurses highly committed to our profession and our patients, we endorse this concept wholeheartedly.
Adele Webb, PhD, RN, ACRN, FNAP, FAAN
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Thursday, June 14, 2007