Thank you to the more than 4,000 members and Board of Directors of the Philippine Nurses Association for their recent endorsement to establish an Office of the National Nurse. Here is their letter of support:
April 22, 2008
The Honorable Lois Capps
1110 Longworth House Office Bld.
Washington D.C. 20515
Dear Congresswoman Capps:
Honoring our mission statement, “Promoting a culture of excellence, dedication, commitment to community, involvement and passion in caring for a stronger (nursing) foundation today for the next generation", it is with great pleasure that I announce on behalf of thirty six chapters across the USA and more than four thousand active members of the Philippine Nurses Association of America, our full support of the initiative to establish an Office of the National Nurse. We believe, as we know you do, that it is necessary for nurses to provide quality, safe, and compassionate care to all Americans and this must include prevention.
We join many other nursing and health care organizations who recommend the Chief Nurse Officer position in the USPHS be elevated, strengthened, and titled to become the “National Nurse.”
The designation of National Nurse will provide the authority, impetus, and public recognition needed for the nationwide focus on prevention. Further, we recognize the potential of having a National Nurse who could meet with health care leaders to highlight health disparities and bring forward new ideas to solve these inequities in all communities.
We are grateful for your continued efforts in highlighting the important work all nurses do and for your advocacy in improving the public's health. We look forward to reintroduction of legislation that will create the Office of the National Nurse. Please know you may call upon us for assistance when this happens.
Rosario-May P. Mayor
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, April 28, 2008