We are grateful to the many supporters who responded to the article published a few months ago in Nurse Week and Nursing Spectrum, National Nurse Debate Fuels Concern
. The NNNO Board of Directors would like to share a letter that was published in January 14, 2008 Northwest and DC/MD/VA issues and to also recommend you read this article to become better acquainted on how closely our beliefs continue to parallel those of the American Nurses Association and other organizations:
"National nurse in everyone's best interest
I have been an avid supporter in the initiative of a national nurse. This article published in the Dec. 3 issue ("National Nurse Debate Fuels Concerns") outlines pure lack of communication. It is disconcerting to say the least.
I can't help but perceive this division as if there are two sides with opposing views.
Are we not, as nurses, here for the greater good of the patient and the integrity of our profession?
If I may, for a moment, go back to the foundation of nursing and read the words of Florence Nightingale's pledge "I will endeavor to fulfill my rights and privileges as a good citizen and take my share of responsibility in promoting the health and welfare of the community".
Let us contemplate an important provision in the ANA code of ethics: "The principle of respect for persons extends to all individuals with whom the nurse interacts.
The nurse maintains compassionate and caring relationship with colleagues and others with a commitment to the fair treatment of individuals, to integrity-preserving compromises, and to resolving conflict".
After reading the national nurse debate article I was embarrassed for my profession. The bantering between the "two sides" is ludicrous. We need support for our patients instituting health care preventative actions and to ultimately address our nursing shortage.
Both issues are threatening the development of our profession.
I cannot speak for my fellow RN's but I have never heard of Carol Romano until this article. It seems to me the national nurse, unequivocally, must be a visible force in the public.
A force that provides leadership and brings the honor and prestige of the nursing occupation to the public's attention.
How can we divert our eyes from the overwhelming need for prevention and swift action during crisis? I trust if the ANA and affiliates join forces with the innovative ideas of Teri Mills we may have a solution.
I challenge readers to visit the National Nurse Website www.nationalnurse.org
Kate Strauss, RN, BSN
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Wednesday, April 09, 2008