Pictured: Susan Sullivan making buttons to promote the campaign for an Office of the National Nurse
The Board of Directors of the National Nursing Network Organization commends the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/
and the AARP Foundation
for their support and innovative efforts to call attention to the nation’s nursing needs. Their latest project, the Center to Champion Nursing in America, is designed to raise awareness of needs in nursing and elevate the visibility of the nursing shortage. These goals parallel the efforts of nurses who are striving to create the Office of the National Nurse. Visibility and prominence of the nursing profession is critical to securing continued support to meet the needs of the nursing profession and to strengthen our nation’s healthcare system.
Research shows that nurses are key to safe patient care. Based on ubiquitous presence of nurses in all communities and the high degree of trust bestowed on them, an adequate nursing workforce can also play a major role in PREVENTION, thus reducing both morbidity and costs. With symbolic leadership of a respected governmental nursing leader who is proclaimed the National Nurse, nurses nationwide will be motivated and sanctioned to begin leading a cultural shift to focus on preventive efforts in our healthcare delivery.
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Thursday, December 13, 2007