The following letter to the editor was published in the October 2008 issue of the American Journal of Nursing in response to Diana Mason's editorial regarding the recent loss of the American Red Cross Chief Nurse Officer due to budget cuts. Additionally, Mason expressed concern that there was no nurse representative appointed to servve on the HHS National Advisory Council for Healthy People 2020.
"I, too, am concerned by the lack of nursing leadership that results in the disregard for nursing and lack of prestige and prominence of nurses in health care arenas (Editorial and AJN Reports
, July). The National Nursing Network Organization, of which I’m a board member, is taking action by leading a campaign to establish the Office of the National Nurse. This nurse leader would serve as a visible national spokesperson for professional nursing, working with nurses in the community to focus on prevention as a way of improving health outcomes.
The timing has never been better, as the presidential candidates plan for health care reform. Few disagree that a national nurse would provide many benefits. One of these just might be assuring there is nurse representation on future advisory committees.
Please visit http://nationalnurse.org
for more information."
Susan Sullivan MSN, RN, PHN
Santa Ana, CA
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Tuesday, October 28, 2008