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Monday, December 22, 2008

Reflections-A Look Back At Our Progress In 2008

This past year brought significant change to the National Nursing Network Organization. THANK YOU to the hundreds of you who have spent countless hours providing us with advice, expertise, and support over the past 12 months and beyond.


With the assistance of many supporters, we launched our official website, The home page features links to endorsements, how to take action, information about our organization, frequently asked questions, a contact page, and also a link to this news blog.

The NNNO co-sponsored two health promotion events; the Haunted Hospital and a Healthy Living Fair. Thanks to supporters in Massachusetts and Vermont we saw resolutions urging the US Congress to enact legislation to create an Office of the National Nurse pass unanimously out of their state legislative branches. We added new graphic designs to the National Nurse merchandise found at Cafe Press , with the help of Paula from Michigan.

We were able to send out one to two newsletters each month and you are encouraged to send your email to Teri to receive these updates. Several of you sent us cash donations and we appreciate this support to help maintain our website, mailing list, and travels to educate others about the Office of the National Nurse Initiative. In March 2008 we traveled to Washington DC and met with several members of Congress, their staff, and also with those who serve in the USPHS.

For anyone who wishes to take a trip down memory lane, click on the archived months of 2008 at to follow our journey.

Endorsements: (NOTE Organizations who endorsed in 2008 are in BOLD)
American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants
American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators
American Association of Nurse Executives
American Association of Women in Community Colleges
American Federation of Teachers-National
American Federation of Teachers – HealthCare Northwest
American Federation of Teachers-Oregon
American Holistic Nurses Association
American Radiological Nurses Association
Anne Lewellyn RN.C BHSA CCM CRRN Dorland Healthcare Information, Editor in Chief
Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC)
Barbara Ficarra RN BSN MPA Host/Health in 30
California Association for Nurse Practitioners
California School Nurses Organization
Center for Nursing Advocacy
Channel Island Chapter – Oncology Nurses Society
Democracy for America
Democratic Party of Iowa
Democratic Party of Oregon
Dennis Smith-Chairman and CEO First Responders Financial LLC
DMAA-The Care Continuum Alliance
Editorial of support-RN Magazine Jan 2006
Exceptional Nurse (Non-profit organization dedicated to nurses with disabilities)
Florida Nurse Practitioner Network
Food Front Grocery Co-op - Portland, Oregon
Governor Barbara Roberts (OR)
International Parish Nurses Resource Center
Jane Jeffrie Seley NP CDE Diabetes Nurse Practitioner
Jeff Merkley, US Senator-Elect (OR) and OR Speaker of the House
JNESO District Council 1 – IUOE/AFL-CIO
Kansas Parish Nurse Ministry Inc.
Massachusetts General Court
Michigan Nurses Association
National Association of Hispanic Nurses
National Association of Independent Nurses
National Association of Neonatal Nurses
National Physicians Alliance
New Jersey Student Nurses Association
New York State Assembly
Nightingale Initiative for Global Health
North America Nursing Diagnosis International
Northeast Tennessee Nurse Practitioner Association
OR Manager Inc. –Editorial and endorsement of support
Oregon Alliance for Retired Americans
Oregon Student Nurses Association
Philippine Nurses Association of America
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Public Employee Federation- AFL-CIO
Santa Clara County Chapter Health Care for All
Southern Connecticut Association of MDS Coordinators
State Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther (NY) Original Sponsor K367
State Representative Christine Canavan (MA) and State Senator Robert Creedon Jr-Original Sponsors 2008 Joint Resolution
State Representative Kathy Keenan (VT) Original Sponsor 2008 Resolution
State Representative Marcia Moody (NH) Original Sponsor 2008 Resolution
The American Association of Nurse Attorneys
Thom Hartmann-Author and Progressive Talk Radio Show Host
Vermont State Legislature
Over 2,700 signers at


Our board members traveled to Las Vegas (Nevada), Portland (Oregon), Baltimore (Maryland), and Tampa (Florida) to present the Office of the National Nurse Initiative.

Here a list of presentations that we gave during 2008:
Oregon Student Nursing Association Convention – February 2008
Tualatin, Oregon Kiwanis Club – February 2008
United States Public Health Service – March 2008
Oregon Chapter of National Hispanic Nurses Association – April 2008
2008 Medical Reserve Corps National Leadership and Training Conference – April 2008
National Black Nurses Association Annual Conference – August 2008
The American Association of Nurse Attorneys – Keynote Address October 2008
American Association of Women in Community College’s Oregon 2008 Fall Conference – November 2008


Nurses and the Public Say It Is Time For Change by Mills, Scanlon, and Sullivan was published in July 2008. A poll accompanied the article asking, "Do you believe the United States should develop an Office of the National Nurse, similar to the Surgeon General?" and an overwhelming majority, 76% of respondents said YES! (13% said No and 10% were Unsure)

Additional articles published about the Office of the National Nurse in 2008 include:
ADVANCE E-newsletter August 2008
ADVANCE for Nurses September 2008 All 10 printed regional editions
Case In Point Weekly December 2008
Connecticut News Junkie August 2008
International Parish Nurses Resource Center Newsletter May 2008
Leominster Champion Newspaper July 2008
Medscape Advanced Practice eJournal July 2008
Nevada RNformation May 2008
New Haven Independent August 2008
Oklahoma City’s Nursing Times May 2008
The American Association of Nurse Attorneys – March 4, 2008
What’s Up at The Mount – MWCC April 4, 2008 newsletter

On TV and the Radio:

Broadcast presentations include:
July 28, 2008 KBOO FM
July 30, 2008 Air America Thom Harmann National Show
November 9, 2008 Getting Better With Dr. Val

We wish you the happiest and healthiest of holidays and look forward to 2009!
Teri, Terri, Alisa, and Susan

“Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” --Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, December 22, 2008  

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