Attendees of the Oregon Student Nurses Association Convention
held at Linfield College in Portland, Oregon learned a great deal about the Office of the National Nurse initiative
, including why this Office is necessary and the proposed recommendations of how it would function. The current proposal asks for a re-titling of the Chief Nurse Officer of the US Public Health Service to become the National Nurse. Renaming an existing position is an expedient, cost effective way to help signify this position’s focus is on the nation’s health and that promotion to be on a national level. The Office of the National Nurse will function in a complementary role with the Office of the Surgeon General and other current agenices providing health care services.
Pictured Student Nurses Karen Walker and Shannon Dunn (PCC Class of 2008)
The Office of the National Nurse will work to promote and improve health literacy. People with low health literacy are more likely to report poor health and are at greater risk for hospitalization. Research shows patient education improves adherence and increases cooperation with therapeutic regimens. Under the ONN proposal, the Office of the National Nurse will also call on nurses, nursing students, and retirees to join with the Medical Reserve Corps
, parish nurses, and other local community agencies such as the AARP
to organize and deliver national health priority educational activities to promote and enhance the health of individuals in their communities.
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Thursday, February 28, 2008