Thank you to President Peggy Gordin, MS RNC CNAA-BC FAAN and the 38 chapters and more than 7,000 active members of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses for their support of the initiative to establish an Office of the National Nurse.
Here is the letter of support President Gordin sent to Representative Lois Capps (CA-23):
May 7, 2008
The Honorable Lois Capps
1110 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC 20515
Dear Congresswoman Capps:
Honoring our mission statement, "NANN is the professional voice that shapes neonatal nursing through excellence in practice, education, research, and professional development", it is with great pleasure that I announce on behalf of thirty-eight chapters across the USA and more than seven thousand active members of the national Association of Neonatal Nurses, 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.
Peggy Gordin, MS RNC CNAA-BC FAAN
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, May 19, 2008