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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Thank You Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-3)

Pictured: Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-3)

The National Nursing Network Organization commends Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) for sponsoring HR 4601-The National Nurse Act of 2010. We would like to share his statement with you.

"We all have a story to share about how a nurse has impacted us, from the school nurse who tended to our kids to the nurse in the emergency room who was the first on the scene," said Congressman Earl Blumenauer. "Establishing a full-time National Nurse is an important way to make heard the voices of thousands of dedicated nurses across the nation. A National Nurse position will complement the work of the Surgeon General in addressing our country's public health challenges."

Sandy Summers, RN, MSN, MPH Executive Director from The Truth About Nursing wrote to Congressman Blumenauer to express her support of HR 4601. Summers states, "We need a nurse leader with a high profile who can help raise awareness that nurses are college-educated professionals who save lives and improve outcomes. Bill HR 4601 for the National Nurse will help create a world where society and decision makers understand the value of nursing. Nursing is drastically undervalued and underfunded. When nursing education, practice, residencies and research are underfunded, patient care is weakened by insufficient quality and quantity of nursing care. The Office of the National Nurse would help end the societal disrespect of nursing that leads to this underfunding--underfunding which leads to patients needlessly dying."

Sandy Summers, RN, MSN, MPH
Executive Director
The Truth About Nursing
Co-author: Saving Lives: Why the Media's Portrayal of Nurses Puts Us All at Risk
203 Churchwardens Rd.
Baltimore, Maryland 21212-2937 USA
phone 1-410-323-1100
fax 1-410-510-1790
ssummers@truthaboutnursing.org
http://www.truthaboutnursing.org

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Thursday, February 11, 2010  

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