The NNNO Board of Directors were delighted to have the opportunity to share a poster board at the Medical Reserve Corps Annual Leadership and Training Conference
held in Portland, Oregon April 8-11th. Special thanks to Lori Moss BSN, RN who helped with the design of the poster and the many participants of the conference who stopped by and shared their thoughts. The comments we heard were overwhelmingly positive-all were in agreement that the status quo is not working and believe national nursing leadership to encourage participation within the MRC would be a way to enhance health promotion and prevention efforts.
Here is the abstract we used for the poster presentation, "Fostering Community Partnerships for Prevention"
Based on the ubiquitous presence of nurses in all communities and the high degree of trust bestowed on them, a strong nursing presence in the MRC can play a major role in prevention and health promotion. Current efforts to increase enrollment in schools of nursing are straining the ability of communities to provide an adequate number of clinical sites to prepare students in public health. Enlisting student nurses to volunteer in their communities fosters awareness of the role of the nurse in public health and increases the likelihood of continued volunteerism after licensure. A proposal for including student nurse volunteers in the MRC as a vehicle for delivering illness prevention and health promotion education and a strategy to incorporate local MRC and student nurse volunteers in community health fairs will be presented.
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Saturday, April 12, 2008