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Monday, September 22, 2008

Nursing Leadership-Alive and Well in Michigan

The National Nursing Network Organization's Board of Directors is pleased to announce the full support of the Michigan Nurses Association for establishing an Office of the National Nurse. The MNA is the largest and most effective union for nurses in the state of Michigan. The following is their letter in support:

September 11, 2008

The Honorable Lois Capps
1110 Longworth House Office Bld.
Washington D.C. 20515

Dear Congresswoman Capps:

The Michigan Nurses Association (MNA), Michigan nurses’ voice for over 100 years, is the largest nurses union in the state of Michigan. The MNA promotes the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace, fosters high standards of nursing practice and lobbies the legislative and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and recipients of nursing services. Honoring our mission, it is with great pleasure that I announce 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.


Ken Fletcher
Director of Government Affairs
Michigan Nurses Association

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, September 22, 2008  

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