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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Testifying Before the Oregon State House Health Committee

Pictured Back Row Left to Right Mark Schwebke (AFT OR President); Mara Kieval BSN, RN; Elizabeth McPhee PCC SN; Teri Mills MS, RN, ANP, CNE (President NNNO); State Representative Michael Dembrow Dt.45; Alisa Schneider MSN, RN (Secretary NNNO); Craig Grover PCC SN; Sheryl Oakes-Caddy JD, RN Front Row Left to Right: Lori Graber PCC SN; Shelly Johnson RN

Friday, March 13, 2009, proved to be a very lucky day for SJM 5, the Joint Memorial in the Oregon State Legislature, urging Congress to enact legislation to create an Office of the National Nurse. Accompanied by activists and student nurses wishing to learn how the political process works, NNNO Board members and supporters returned to the state capitol in Salem to testify in favor of SJM 5.

Testifying in front of the Health Committee- Alisa Schneider, Teri Mills, and Mark Schwebke

Mills concluded her testimony by telling the nine members present for the hearing (one member was excused):
"America’s healthcare system is in serious trouble. Nurses are galvanized by the ONN proposal and want to make a difference. We are the largest sector of healthcare. We have unique and special skills and insights to offer the public. We understand that preventive medicine is better than reactive medicine; that quality of life matters. An Office of the National Nurse would possibly be the most significant way to utilize our collective vast wealth of knowledge to improve our nation’s health. And we hope that you, as concerned health care consumers and esteemed elected officials will join us so that the Office of the National Nurse will become a reality in our lifetime."

Pictured Left to Right: Teri Mills, Representative Michael Dembrow, Alisa Schneider, and Mark Schwebke

The vote was taken and SJM 5 passed unanimously out of the House Health Committee. This resolution passed on the floor of the Oregon House of Representatives on March 19th by a vote of 55-2. Oregon joins the state legislatures in Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont who previously had passed similar resolutions urging the US Congress to enact legislation to establish an Office of the National Nurse.

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Sunday, April 12, 2009  

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