Thank you to the members of the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators (AANAC) and the American Association of Nurse Executives (AANEX) who agree that a National Nurse would provide great assistance in helping to keep the nation well. Here is their letter of support:
April 10, 2008
The Honorable Congresswoman Capps
1110 Longworth House Office Building
Washington D.C. 20515
Dear Congresswoman Capps:
Please accept this letter on behalf of the 8,500 members of the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators (AANAC) and the 500 members of the American Association of Nurse Executives (AANEX) in support of your continued efforts in recognizing the important role nurses play in being able to increase the preventative care in this country. Your support to establish symbolic national nursing leadership for a new philosophy and cultural shift to prevention in US Healthcare is essential and particularly of importance to our aging population.
We believe that re-titling the Chief Nurse Officer of the USPHS to become the “National Nurse” will provide the authority, impetus, and recognition needed nationally to promote prevention. In addition, we commend you for your efforts to help raise the visibility of nursing, provide guidance for state and local leadership in mobilization of volunteer nurses, and to enhance prevention and improve health outcomes.
With the political climate being as challenging as it has been, it is good to recognize our mutual commitment to ensuring adequate health care for all Americans. We believe having a prominent and recognized nurse will also better facilitate the dissemination of accurate information that the ANNAC and AANEX can use to improve the quality of care for residents and patients.
We look forward seeing legislation introduced to achieve these goals and would like you to feel free to contact us should you need further support.
Diane Carter, RN, MSN, CS
President and CEO
American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators
American Association of Nurse Executives
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Tuesday, April 15, 2008