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Monday, February 08, 2010

Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) Introduces National Nurse Act of 2010

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  

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I think a National Nurse is a great idea and I am in full support. I am a working nurse and a nursing student hoping to complete my BSN. I like the idea that nurses will volunteer their time to support the public with information for general good health. I think most people have a high regard for nurses and for volunteers, so this is a winning combination. I am assuming a government sponsored website written by the Nurse Officer would also provide easily accessed information. It would be good if we could reach school age children and their parents to promote healthy lifestyles early on and I know that this is an important goal.