Thank you to Lynn Huidekoper RN for sending this letter to Congresswoman Lois Capps, the original sponsor of the National Nurse Act of 2006:
Dear Congresswoman Capps,
As a politically active RN and the Santa Clara County Chapter Director of Health Care for All, who is actively working to see the passage of California SB 840, I am writing to urge you to reintroduce legislation to create an Office of the National Nurse. While researching the Congressional website, I noted that my own member, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo was a co-sponsor of this bill in the 109th Congress.
Those who are cared for by nurses know how important we are in preventing disease and keeping them well. There are so many health and nursing issues that need to be addressed on a national and international basis. Potential epidemics of infections disease, natural disasters like Katrina, possible future terrorist attacks, and the nursing shortage requires coordination and leadership at the national level. Having a National Nurse deliver health promotion with the support of volunteer community based teams of nurses and other health care professions would be an invaluable service to our nation’s health.
A National Nurse will also portray nursing as a respected career. When I speak with high school students, the majority being Latinos, many articulate young females state they want to become doctors instead of nurses. I encourage and inform them that nursing is a valuable profession. We have a Surgeon General. It’s time for a National Nurse.
Healthcare for all is my passion. I am also working on passing HR 676 Conyers/Kucinich, the National Single Payer bill and would like you to consider co-sponsorship of this legislation.
Thank you for your leadership in the House Nursing Caucus. I am heartened when nurses work together to help educate the public. It is an honor to work with you toward the establishment of an Office of the National Nurse that will help all Americans safeguard and improve their health.
Lynn Huidekoper RN
Director, Health Care for All
Santa Clara Chapterhttp://onecarenow.org
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, October 01, 2007