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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

National Nurse On The Air



Tune in this Friday, August 17th from 5:30pm to 6:00pm EST when the Office of the National Nurse initiative is the featured topic on Health in 30™. Teri Mills, President of the National Nursing Network Organization joins Barbara Ficarra, Host/Producer of Health in 30™ to discuss why a National Nurse is needed to combat the nursing shortage and to provide the leadership necessary to shift the nation into a culture of prevention.

If you’re in the listening area set your dial to WRCR AM 1300 Radio Rockland or go online to Health in 30™ and click the WRCR logo (look for a blue box in the upper right hand portion of the screen) or go to http://wrcr.com to listen live.

There will be an opportunity for listeners to call in with comments and questions-the number is 845-624-1300.

As nurses we’re educated to treat patients and do no harm. But, what about caring for our nation’s health to reverse and prevent harm? There are 2.9 million qualified licensed nurses in this country readily available to improve the health status of our communities. Yet, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity is rising and over 18.2 million Americans have diabetes and about one third of them are unaware that they have the disease. Equipped with political influence and as the country’s largest healthcare workforce, nurses have the potential to make a world of difference in the lives of others; this is our profession’s collective career goal.

Representative Lois Capps (CA-23) first introduced legislation to create an Office of the National Nurse in the 109th Congress. This bill amassed the bipartisan support of 42 members of the House of Representatives. Numerous organizations and prominent individuals have endorsed the establishment of an Office of the National Nurse. In April 2007, the New York Assembly under the leadership of nurse and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, unanimously voted its support in urging Congress to enact legislation to create an Office of the National Nurse.

A manuscript written by Mills and Alisa Schneider MSN, RN Secretary of the NNNO, An Office of the National Nurse: Leadership for A New Era of Prevention was published in the February 2007 issue of Policy, Politics and Nursing Practice.

The National Nursing Network Organization (NNNO) is now concentrating its efforts on educating nurses in all specialties and the public about this health policy. Meetings have taken place with nursing leaders, leaders in the US Public Health Service (USPHS), and health policy aides. The NNNO recommends new legislation seek to elevate the position of the Chief Nurse Officer of the USPHS to become the Office of the National Nurse. This plan will result in experienced nursing leadership yet avoid duplication of services and decrease costs.

To realize an Office of the National Nurse, the nursing community must unite. Every nurse should get involved. Sign the online petition. Submit your email to receive updates about the campaign. Email Teri to receive a free poster and information on how to go about achieving additional organizational support. This movement has tremendous appeal to nurses who realize that nursing's unique status as "the most trusted profession" (Gallup) presents an opportunity for nurses to truly advocate for change and improve health outcomes.

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Wednesday, August 15, 2007  

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