A new report, Nursing Leadership from Bedside to Boardroom: Opinion Leaders' Perceptions
, was released last month by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Based on a Gallup poll survey, this study revealed that an overwhelming majority of the 1,504 opinion leaders who participated believe nurses should have more influence on healthcare and services. Undoubtedly most nurses, especially those supporting HR 4601, The National Nurse Act of 2010
, will concur with these findings.
Key barriers to increased influence for nurses cited in the survey were 1) nursing not being perceived as important in the decision-making process (69%); 2) nurses focus on primary rather than preventive care (62%); and 3) nursing not having a single voice to speak authoritatively on national issues (56%). All of these are reasons to move forward to implement an Office of the National Nurse
to help address these deficiencies. Having a visible and prominent National Nurse would be one way to begin to overcome these barriers and set an example of how nurses can take their deserved place at the table for health care reform.
Please read the excellent synopsis of this study
to see for the parallels and familiar issues discussed. In many ways, this report confirms the need and rationale for elevating the Chief Nurse Officer of the U.S. Public Health Service to serve as the National Nurse as 86% of those surveyed they would like to see nurses have more influence in promoting wellness and expanding preventive care.
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Thursday, February 25, 2010