Thank you to Dr. Dickon Weir-Hughes, President Elect, NANDA International, Dr. Heather Herdman, President, NANDA International and the NANDA-I Board of Directors for their enthusiastic and strong support for establishing an Office of the National Nurse. NANDA International
remains committed to increasing the visibility of nursing's contribution to patient care by continuing to develop, refine and classify phenomena of concern to nurses. Here is their letter of support:
August 8, 2008
Congresswoman Lois Capps
1110 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC 20515
Dear Congresswoman Capps,
On behalf of the Board of NANDA International (formerly, the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association) I am writing in support of the initiative to establish an Office of the National Nurse.
NANDA International is the world's premier organization in the field of nursing classification and our volunteers develop, through research programs, terms to describe and classify the unique problems that form the core of nursing practice. Our work is translated into 16 languages and we have a worldwide membership. Our work is used in direct nursing care, in education, leadership, and research. It is used in healthcare IT systems and provides a unique tool to enable nurses to demonstrate the judgments they make in their practice and thus has been shown to improve patient care and safety.
As an international organization we are acutely aware that almost every Government health department in the world now has a Chief Nursing Officer (or National Nurse). These roles have made an extraordinary difference in the health of different nations and we believe that the citizens of the United States of America also need to be afforded these benefits.
Heather Herdman, PhD, RN
President, NANDA International 2006-2008
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, August 18, 2008