Washington DC – Thanks to the leadership and vision of Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-3)
, nursing sees its vision to improve the nation’s health introduced as a bill into Congress. The bill language can now be found on the Thomas Website
and will be added soon to the National Nurse home page
and News Link
On February 4, 2010, Blumenauer, a member of the 119-member House Nursing Caucus and the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, introduced HR 4601 to create an Office of the National Nurse.
To avoid duplication of services and minimize cost, the National Nurse Act of 2010 designates the position of the Chief Nurse Officer of the US Public Health Service to serve as the National Nurse. The National Nurse would function along side the Surgeon General. National Nurse priorities would promote health, improve health literacy and decrease health disparities.
The Office of the National Nurse
will strengthen the work of existing groups such as the Office of the Surgeon General, Medical Reserve Corps and community agencies through a more robust, visible, full- time, and modernized nursing leadership presence. Nurses are well positioned to provide this much needed change as they are 3.4 million strong
, the most trusted of all health professionals
, span all cultures, and are accomplished health educators.
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, February 08, 2010