Thank you to June Benoit, President of the Vermont State Nurses Association for her willingness to publish an article about the Office of the National Nurse
initiative in the Vermont Nurse Connection
Nov/Dec/Jan 2010 issue. The story appears on page 4.
Here are the first two paragraphs of what was published:
"Americans and especially nurses are all too aware that our healthcare system is in crisis. If nothing is done to curb costs, in less than 7 years, health care in the United States is projected to cost $4.2 trillion or about 20% of the gross domestic product (GDP). (Poisal, 2007). Insurance premiums are skyrocketing, prescription drugs are unaffordable, and chronic preventable diseases including Type 2 diabetes, are on the rise. Trust for America's Health and the RWJF Foundation's June 2009 survey found that Americans rank prevention as the top healthcare reform priority (TFAH, 2009). Fortunately, the nursing profession is well positioned to undertake this enormous task as a large skilled nursing workforce exists across all communities with the expertise, skills, and commitment needed to shift our focus to prevention and begin improving our nation's health. Many are calling for an Office of the National Nurse to provide the necessary leadership for nurses willing to take up this challenge.
It is being recommended the Chief Nurse Officer (CNO) of the USPHS be legislated to become the National Nurse, to avoid duplication of services and minimize costs. The Office of the National Nurse would function along side the Surgeon General and focus on the Surgeon General’s priorities of health promotion, improving health literacy, and decreasing health disparities. Having Congress designate the CNO with the unique title of "National Nurse" will create visible nursing leadership, help educate the public on what nursing really is, and emphasize prevention and health promotion (Mills & Schneider, 2009)."
Mills, T., & Schneider, A. (2009). The office of the national nurse. Journal of nursing law, 13, (1), 13-18.
Poisal, J.A., et al, Health Spending Projections Through 2016: Modest Changes Obscure Part D’s Impact. Health Affairs (21 February 2007): W242-253.
Trust for America's Health. June 2009. New Poll Finds Disease Prevention is Top Priority for Americans in Health Reform. Retrieved August 5, 2009 from http://healthyamericans.org/newsroom/releases/?releaseid=181
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, December 07, 2009