Here are two comments that were left in response to a Brockton, Massachusetts news article, Brockton lawmakers champion Office of the National Nurse
that discussed the resolution introduced by MA State Representative Christine Canavan. Please feel free to add comments of your own!From Edgar:
"Having been a patient for some serious surgeries, this is a great idea! Other than the surgery, my care was far more subject to the nurses than the doctors. Nurses are not proportionately represented, and this office should help. A higher level leadership position would appropriately elevate the status of "Nurses". Like the Surgeon General, this position would advocate nursing influence for patient care.
I can only imagine that comments withholding support for this position (particularly those associated with nursing unions) stem from self-serving concerns that the needs patients may not align with the nurses (or union) objectives." From Mitch Cosner, interested layperson
"This is an excellent concept, which I hadn't heard of until this article. Congratulations to those responsible for the MA endorsement!
It is encouraging to see the state's lawmakers engaged and seeking the needs of the national public by endorsing this office.
It is perhaps equivalently distressing to see some nursing organizations opposing it, rather than working together to support the public needs. There has no been a single relevant point raised of how this is not in the best interest of the public. Therefore, it must not be in the interest of an individual(s). Such attitudes have no place in a profession founded in giving. Shine a lantern on this!
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Friday, May 23, 2008