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State Rep. Christine E. Canavan (D-Brockton), front left, invited Devens Practical Nursing students, assistant professor Collene Thaxton, Director of Nursing Nancy Duphily and Dean of Health Sciences Eileen Costello to the statehouse to recognize their efforts in the Office of the National Nurse initiative.

Last Fall, nursing students attending Mt. Wachusett Community College decided to write their state legislators and request legislation supporting the Office of the National Nurse initiative. State Representative Christine E. Canavan (D-Brockton), who is also a nurse, found their request to be compelling, and introduced a resolution memorializing the Congress of the United States to enact legislation to create an official Office of the National Nurse.

The students believe a National Nurse is necessary to be a prominent visible symbol to generate a cultural shift to prevention at a time when our nation is seeing record numbers of chronic conditions such as obesity and Type 2 Diabetes.

Thanks to Representative Canavan's leadership, twenty-two members of the House of Representatives and three Senators signed on to make this a joint resolution. The legislation passed both chambers without dissent.

MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino stated, "As a college, we emphasize the importance of civic engagement, and this initiative represents student involvement at its best. I am very proud of our students and their professor, Collene Thaxton, for raising the awareness about the need for an Office for the National Nurse to ensure improved health care throughout the country."

The National Nursing Network Board of Directors commends the leadership skills the students of MWCC demonstrated that will most likely benefit the nation's health as well as the future generation of nurses.

There are presently two articles about the Massachusetts resolution. One appears in What's Up at the Mount, the MWCC newsletter and the other can be found at Enterprise News.

Update for April 9, 2008: The Nursing Site Blog applauds the MWCC nursing students and also recognized the Oregon student nurses political activism at the NSNA convention. Congratulations to all our future nurses!

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Sunday, April 06, 2008  

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