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Monday, September 14, 2009

President Obama Values Nurses Role in Healthcare Debate

Kudos to the American Nurses Association for applauding and supporting President Barack Obama's commitment to ensuring that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care. In his focused comments to nurses made the day after his historical speech last week to Congress regarding health care reform, President Obama alluded to how nurses can help in reaching healthcare reform. Speaking at a press conference accompanied by nurses and the leadership of the American Nurses Association, President Obama said "because nurses touch many lives” and “people trust you” we can continue to do our jobs and use nursing’s credibility to cut through the public confusion and falsehoods regarding “some government takeover of healthcare.”

The President asked that nurses help clarify proposed changes and explain why "now is the time to act." He confirmed that "saving money now spent on things that don’t improve quality, will allow spending more on things that do improve quality, for example like paying nursing instructors more money to train more nurses that we need.”

These statements by President Obama recognizing the credibility of nurses, also seem to strengthen the premise that trusted, knowledgeable nurses could be very effective change agents for furthering prevention efforts in our nation. Thus, as we tackle how to reform healthcare for the future, the goal of having a National Nurse to spearhead prevention efforts by nurses continues to make sense. The time for change is here and that includes implementation of the Office of the National Nurse initiative.

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, September 14, 2009  

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