The leaves are changing colors, the temperatures around the country are dropping and change is in the air. Soon we will be marching to the polls or if you live in Oregon, marching first to the kitchen table to fill out your ballot and then to your mailbox.
One of the most important issues in this election is healthcare. Healthcare providers including nurses, are all too aware that our system is broken and they are speaking out in record numbers with their own suggestions for improvement.
Take a look at Healthcare United's website
and read selections from the 4,000 "Prescriptions for Change"
that were sent in from supporters and then delivered to Congressman John Dingell (D-MI), Chair of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, at the Democratic National Committee Convention last month in Denver. You will note a familiar theme and one that the presidential candidates are including in their platforms-PREVENTION
. The National Nursing Network Organization was also encouraged to see the Office of the National Nurse Initiative
mentioned as a solution.
Democracy requires the participation of all Americans who are 18 and older. This means voting, but you must be registered to do this. So, if you have changed your name, moved, or are in the least bit confused whether you actually completed a voter registration form, Healthcare United
has made this easy. You don't even need a 42 cent stamp and there is a link to double check whether you actually are registered to vote in the state that you live in. Visit http://healthcareunited.org/action/register/
today and make sure you are able to vote in what is shaping up to be one of the most important elections in our lifetime.
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, September 29, 2008