Thank you to the parish nurses in Kansas who recently signed on their support to establish an Office of the National Nurse.
The Honorable Lois Capps
1110 Longworth House Office Bld.
Washington D.C. 20515
Dear Congresswoman Capps:
On behalf of the parish nurses in Kansas I am writing in full support of the initiative to establish an Office of the National Nurse. We believe that it is necessary for nurses to provide quality, safe, and compassionate care to all Americans and this must include prevention. Parish Nursing is all about prevention and health promotion in faith communities. If we can prevent disease and illness our congregants will live healthier, longer lives. The financial impact on the healthcare system will be lessened; the uninsured crisis could become less of a burden if people had preventive health care. We desperately need someone in a national position advocating for preventative health care for all.
We fully support and join our fellow nurses across the country in recommending the Chief Nurse Officer position in the USPHS be elevated, strengthened, and titled to become the “National Nurse.”
We thank you for advocating for nursing and supporting our important work. We look forward to reintroduction of legislation that will create the Office of the National Nurse. Please know that we are here to serve in any way that we are needed.
JoVeta Wescott, RN, MSHA
Executive Director Kansas Parish Nurse Ministry, Inc. www.KansasParishNurseMinistry.org
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, October 13, 2008