Thank you to the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners
for their recent endorsement for the Office of the National Nurse initiative
June 4, 2009
RE: Office of the National Nurse (ONN) Endorsement
Dear Ms. Mills,
The Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners (PCNP) is pleased to support your efforts and endorse the Office of National Nurse. PCNP represents the interest of over 6,800 nurse practitioners (NP) throughout Pennsylvania. Our organization is committed to improving access to care and removing barriers to practice for advance practice nurses. The NP profession takes pride in its expertise and focus in the areas of health promotion and disease prevention, By directing our legislative initiatives on issues that advance the cause of safe, quality patient care, we strongly believe our contributions will have a positive impact on the health and wellness of our state and country. We believe and strive to support that our health care system should serve everyone and utilize nurses to the full extent of their education and clinical expertise.
PCNP supports the concept of creating an Office of the National Nurse and feels this position will further support the mission of PCNP. We believe that elevating the Chief Nurse Officer of the U.S. Public Health Service to full-time status and renaming this position as the National Nurse is a way to promote the visibility of nurses in the national health care debate and give nurses another voice at the federal policy table.
Thank you for all of your efforts and we wish you continued success with your initiative.
Patricia Schwabenbauer, MSN, CRNP
Susan Schrand, MSN, CRNP
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, June 29, 2009