Thank you to President Jillian Inouye and the Board of Directors of the Asian American/Pacific Islander Nurses Association
for their strong support for establishing an Office of the National Nurse. The Board of Directors of the NNNO congratulates all nurses who stand up to assure that health disparities are eliminated in our nation and to assure we have a nursing workforce representative of our nation's diverse and valued population.
"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane." This quote by Martin Luther King Jr is particularly fitting as we honor and celebrate his life this January 20th.
January 8, 2009
The Honorable Lois Capps
1110 Longworth House Office Bld.
Washington D.C. 20515
Dear Congresswoman Capps:
On behalf of the Asian Pacific Islanders Nursing Association (AAPINA) it is my pleasure to endorse and offer our support of the initiative to establish an Office of the National Nurse. We share the concern of the National Nursing Network Organization about the limited resources available to minority populations and would like to see greater nursing representation on the federal level to address disparity and highlight these concerns.
As part of the 2.9 million nurses who are the most trusted of all health professionals, members of our organization are eminently qualified to speak to the issues of disparities and vulnerabilities. The elevation of the Chief Nurse office to the National Nurse for prevention will bring more visibility to the critical role nursing occupies in promoting, protecting, and advancing the nation's health.
We applaud your efforts in highlighting the important contribution of nurses for your advocacy of the nation’s health. We strongly support the re-introduction of legislation that will create the Office of the National Nurse. If further information is needed or other support please do not hesitate to contact us.
Jillian Inouye, PhD, APRN
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, January 19, 2009