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Monday, April 21, 2008

Massachusetts General Court Has Spoken-Thank You State Representative Christine Canavan (MA)

Pictured: Massachusetts State Representative Christine Canavan RN

Thank you Representative Christine Canavan for introducing and carrying forth the following resolution into the Massachusetts State House of Representatives. Representative Canavan states on her website "In our great country, professional nurses are a valuable resource. Nurses need to have a recognized and accepted voice in public policy. At the local level, an individual nurse's involvement, especially in areas that are politically sensitive to the profession, can be more important than many realize. And I hope the Office of the National Nurse will encourage my nursing colleagues to give of themselves to their communities and share their special insights."

The National Nursing Network Organization would also like to extend its thanks and gratitude to Rep. Canavan's legislative assistant, John Harding, and to the student nurses of Mt. Wachusett Community College for contacting Rep. Canavan and explaining to her the need for an Office of the National Nurse!



WHEREAS, Nurses are highly valued and trusted by the public and, in addition to administering health care, are often called upon to deliver educational messages about health maintenance and disease prevention; and

WHEREAS, There are thousands of nurses and nurse educators currently living and working in the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, A National effort is underway to create an Office of the National Nurse; and

WHEREAS, On March 8, 2006, Congresswoman Lois Capps, a nurse representing the 23rd District of California, introduced HR 4903 in the House Of Representatives to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish an Office of the National Nurse; and

, HR 4903 enjoyed bipartisan support and 42 members of the House of Representatives signed on to the bill; and

, The Office of the National Nurse would raise awareness of health issues and promote good health through education and community outreach; and

WHEREAS, The National Nurse would effectively complement to the existing Office of the Surgeon General of the United States; and

WHEREAS, The Office of the National Nurse would support valuable initiatives, such as producing weekly media broadcasts to promote health, increasing the numbers of nurse educators, facilitating deployment of nurses to underserved areas, promoting volunteerism within the Medical Reserve Corps and partnering with existing agencies to deliver nursing assistance and education to communities, particularly communities in crisis; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Massachusetts General Court memorializes the Congress of the United States to enact legislation to create an Office of the National Nurse as described in HR 4903 or similar legislation; and be it further

RESOLVED, That copy of these resolutions be forwarded by the Clerk of the House of Representatives to the President of the United States, the presiding officer of each branch of Congress and the members thereof the Commonwealth.

House of Representatives,
Adopted March 27, 2008

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, April 21, 2008  

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