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Monday, December 15, 2008

Mills and Schneider Present to AAWCC Oregon Chapter Members During Fall Conference

Pictured from left to right: Alisa Schneider MSN, RN (Secretary and Founding Member of the NNNO and Teri Mills MS, RN, ANP, CNE (President of the NNNO)

On November 21st NNNO Board members Teri Mills and Alisa Schneider had the pleasure of presenting the Office of the National Nurse: Leadership for Prevention at the Oregon statewide conference of the American Association of Women in Community College. The theme of this year's conference was Perseverance, Power, and Purpose: A New Conversation About Leadership. Thank you to Program Chair Cherie Maas-Anderson for extending an invitation so this presentation could be heard.

The mission of our community colleges is to improve the lives of those who reside in our communities and the ONN initiative dovetails into this philosophy. Service learning is an integral component of the community college's educational experience and many attending the session have connected their students with these opportunities. The National Nurse vision presents dramatic potential for involvement of all health career students in their local communities. Health and Wellness Fairs, Immunization Clinics, Earthquake and Disaster Preparedness programs are but a few examples of opportunities. Students can earn service learning credits and also demonstrate leadership in organizing community events.

Knowledge of public health is essential, especially for today's nurses. Nursing education has a goal of producing graduates that are at least familiar with beginning public health nursing competencies. We are recommending that schools of nursing partner with the Medical Reserve Corps, parish nurses, and other community agencies to enhance the public health infrastructure in their communities. When students get involved in community outreach and education through partnering, the experiences are transformative for many, including the mentors. Students also gain valuable exposure to public health professions and programs.

Our board members appreciate invitations to speak to organizations and stakeholders interested in learning more about the Office of the National Nurse initiative. Please email Teri . if you are interested in inquiring about their availability for a future speaking engagement.

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, December 15, 2008  

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