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Monday, September 08, 2008

National Nurse Team Returns to NBNA's Annual Conference

Pictured: Dian Palmer RN, Vice President of the Nurse Alliance of SEIU Healthcare and President of SEIU 1199 Wisconsin and Teri Mills MS, RN, ANP, CNE President NNNO

Thank you Dr. Debra Toney, President of the National Black Nurses Association and Millicent Gorham, Executive Director for welcoming our Board back to speak at the 36th Annual Institute and Conference in Las Vegas. The theme of this year's event was The Prevention and Management of Chronic Disease. Eighteen other countries are doing better at reducing preventable deaths than the United States. The United States spends $1.3 trillion on managing the impact of the 7 most common chronic diseases and if we continue with the current efforts there will be a 42% increase in cases of these same diseases. How many more trillions of dollars are we willing to spend to maintain the status quo?

Pictured: Alisa Schneider MSN, RN, Secretary NNNO and Teri Mills

Our session, “Promoting Prevention Through Nurse-Led Initiatives” introduced attendees to the Office of the National Nurse initiative. Based on their ubiquitous presence in all communities and the high degree of trust bestowed on them, nurses can play a major role in prevention, thus reducing both morbidity and costs related to chronic disease. By designating the Chief Nurse Officer of the USPHS to officially become the country's National Nurse, Congress will providing n impetus for promoting the Medical Reserve Corps, through which volunteer nurses and other health workers could replicate and expand existing health promotion programs that have proven to be successful.

Pictured: Susan Sullivan, NNNO Board Member and Mara Kieval, Oregon Field Director for Health Care United

We were pleased to see the number of nurses who came to this presentation. There were twice as many attendees as last year. Interest for the Office of the National Nurse initiative was also high among NBNA members who sought us out in between sessions. Those we spoke with agreed the Office of the National Nurse initiative would be valuable in moving the nursing profession and improving the health of our nation.

Pictured: Mills and Simmons

One of the highlights of the NBNA Conference is the banquet held to recognize and the NBNA Nurses of the Year. We were honored to sit with the Nurse of the Year for Community Service, David E. Simmons, Jr., RN, MSN, CNN, Clinical Director of the Nephrology Outpatient Department and Instructor at the University of Virginia's School of Nursing. This award is given "to recognize outstanding and exemplary community service. The NNNO Board of Directors congratulates Mr. Simmons on this achievement and thanks him for his service of improving the lives of others.

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, September 08, 2008  

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