Thank you to Richard Stengler of TIME magazine for his poignant and thought provoking article, A Time To Serve
. Stengler's cover story highlights the need for civic engagement on every level, from education to the environment. He discusses the Peace Corps and Americorps and provides a plan for the young and the old to become involved.
However, there was not a mention of nurses, nursing, or the Office of the National Nurse proposal
included in Stengler's 10 point plan. Here is a letter to the editor that was sent to TIME in hopes of remedying this.
Make That an 11-Point Plan
One solution to promote health care, not sick care, is to establish an Office of the National Nurse. Invite nurses, nursing students, retirees, and other health care providers to participate in a single prevention based program tailored to their community's own needs and we may begin to see a decrease in the devastating epidemics of preventable conditions currently sweeping the nation. We cannot assume with 47 million uninsured that every American is health literate. Who better positioned than nurses to lead the way and help our citizens understand how important it is to lead a healthy life style? There is a grassroots effort underway for an Office of the National Nurse. Visit www.nationalnurse.org
for more information.
John F. Kennedy's infamous words, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country" have never rung louder.
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, September 10, 2007