Thank you to President Patricia Ann Bemis, RN CEN, the Board of Directors and the more than 400 members of the NNBA for their strong support of elevating the CNO of the USPHS to a full time position and be officially designated as the National Nurse.
February 15, 2009
The Honorable Lois Capps
U.S. House of Representatives
1110 Longworth House Office Building
Washington D.C. 20515
Dear Representative Capps:
I write on behalf of the board of directors and the more than 400 members of the National Nurses in Business Association (NNBA). We support the efforts that are underway to recognize the important role nurses play in promoting preventative care in this country. Your endorsement of symbolic national nursing leadership to support a philosophical and cultural shift toward prevention in the U.S. health care system is essential and important to our members.
We strongly suggest the existing Chief Nurse Officer (CNO) of the US Public Health Service (USPHS) position, who also serves as the Assistant Surgeon General, be elevated to a full-time position within the Office of the Surgeon General. In addition, we recommend that it be officially titled the National Nurse. This will give it the authority and visibility in the national health care debate.
Chronic conditions (diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and others) are threats to the health of Americans and our nation’s economy. Nurses provide key services in the prevention and management of these conditions. Nurses provide key services in the prevention and management of these conditions. We commend this administration’s efforts to recognize their work, promote prevention, improve outcomes, and provide guidance for state and local leaders in mobilizing nurse volunteers.
The new administration and Congress and their clear commitment to wellness and prevention as evidenced by the appropriations allotted in the stimulus package last week present a window of opportunity to advance the concept of a National Nurse and make it a reality. NNBA and its members support legislation to achieve these goals and look forward to working with you on this important issue. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you need further information or assistance.
Patricia Bemis RN, CEN
President National Nurses in Business Association, Inc.National Nurses in Business Association
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, March 09, 2009