Thank you to the MammaCare Organization
for their recent endorsement of the Office of the National Nurse initiative
. One of our dedicated supporters, Cathy Coleman RN, BSN became the very first MammaCare trained nurse in the country in 1980. The MammaCare Organization
recommendations remain the most published and best practice standard for manual breast examination.
September 14, 2009
There is convincing evidence that American health-care reform can be dramatically advanced by deploying our greatest and most trusted national health resource, America's nurses. No other Western nation has the magnitude of skilled health-care professionals ready to serve its needs. No other Western nation needs a trusted, national public heath resource more than we do.
Establishing the Office of the National Nurse would be a brilliant and practical first step in publicly acknowledging America’s nurses as the nation's most dedicated and available health-care resource. This act would give life, substance, and a trusted human face to our emergent national health-care system. If affirmed, the Office of the National Nurse will organize, enlist, and assure the deployment of nurses to serve the US health needs that have languished for generations.
Our work at MammaCare provides a compelling example of the commitment by corps of nurses with little regard for gain or profit. As you know, the National Cancer Institute supported the development of MammaCare, the quality-standard program for medical practitioners to learn proficient, evidence based breast examination. Nurses represent, by far, the greatest number of participants in this rigorous, life saving program with little or no compensation. As a result each day literally thousands of US women receive proficient clinical breast examinations (CBE's) performed by trained hands belonging to RN's.
The reason I feel compelled to write this letter is our constant observation of the high standards nurses hold for clinical performance and patient care irrespective of personal gain. It would be fortunate to now recognize and enlist this superior and benevolent public health resource in a central role of American health-care reform.
M.K. Goldstein, Ph.D.
Chairman and Senior Scientist MammaCare Organization
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, October 05, 2009