Robert Wood Johnson Foundation September 2007 Newsletter Spotlights Nurses Role in Prevention
The September 2007 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation newsletter emphasized the important role nurses play in promoting prevention. Susan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, Senior Program Officer writes, “Nurses have a pivotal role to play in promoting preventive care since they spend more time with patients than any other health care professional. By educating and counseling patients about the importance of simple preventive measures, nurses can have a significant impact on improving health and extending lives. The health care system needs to empower and encourage nurses for them to be effectively engaged in this role.”
This thinking is strongly aligned with the work of the National Nursing Network Organization. We continue to be amazed by the number of organizations who are focusing on the importance of prevention and who affirm that nurses will play a key role in helping to keep Americans healthy. They too, know that nurses are qualified health professionals who understand the importance of reviewing the literature, incorporating health and behavioral sciences, implementing interventions supported by positive outcome data, and utilizing approaches that have proven to be effective.
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, October 08, 2007