Pictured left to right: Cathy Coleman, RN, OCN, CPHQ; Siobhan Wilson, RN, MSN(c); R. Clayton Hooper, RN, MSN(c)
Students from across the country continue to study the Office of the National Nurse initiative and after learning the details of the proposal, strongly support it. The Board of Directors of the National Nursing Network Organization have heard from graduate students attending the University of Pennsylvania, Molloy College in New York, and also the University of Iowa to name a few. The graduate nursing class at University of San Francisco is no exception. Below they voice their opinions:
"Here we are in class at the University of San Francisco in our MSN program to obtain a new Clinical Nurse Leader credential. I love being back in nursing school after all these years to give back. The Office of the National Nurse is just what we need. For too long we as a profession have not given ourselves enough recognition and it is now time to stand for wellness and health promotion, not just treatment! Thank you for your persistence in making this happen."
Cathy Coleman, RN,OCN,CPHQ
"I am a Medical Surgical Registered Nurse and see the devastation of disease and illness everyday at Alameda County Medical Center. I am also currently back in school at the University of San Francisco getting my master’s and will be a Clinical Nurse Leader when I graduate in 2010.
Change is needed! The Office of the National Nurse is what the United States and the profession of nursing needs. Currently the U.S. spends 1.3 trillion dollars on disease and illness, why not on prevention? Please give nurses the recognition for our hard work. The Office of the National Nurse would create change in how we look and treat individuals in a healthcare system. Nurses are the ones who spend countless of hours with patients in caring and treating them. Who better to help make a positive difference in healthcare, than a National Nurse?
I support this campaign and efforts in making a change. Thank you to all who have contributed to this wonderful campaign. I look forward to watching these efforts grow and seeing a National Nurse sit side by side with the Surgeon General." Siobhan Wilson, RN, MSN(c)
"It is imperative at this juncture in our American history, Congress elevate the role of Chief Nurse Officer (CNO) of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) to a professionally recognized and full time position. Nursing plays a critical role in the healthcare of this country. Without the nurse's constant watchful eye, caring touch, and enduring focus on disease prevention and health promotion, this nation's healthcare would come to naught. I strongly support full and national recognition of and for the Office of the National Nurse." ~ R. Clayton Hooper, RN, MSN(c), San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center, University of San Francisco
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Thursday, December 11, 2008