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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Students Advocate for HR 4601 The National Nurse Act of 2010 During ONA Gathering

Pictured: Former Secretary of State Bill Bradbury (Gubernatorial Candidate-OR) and NNNO President Teri Mills

Special thanks to Oregon Gubernatorial Candidate Bill Bradburywho included his strong support of HR 4601 The National Nurse Act of 2010 in his remarks during the conference. Bradbury stated last February, "One way we can bring down costs is by recognizing the significant health services that can be provided by nurses beginning with prevention, a cornerstone of their practice. My children were delivered by a nurse midwife and my daughter just had a baby with a nurse midwife and they're all happy and healthy. It's clear to me that nurses are key in providing these health promotion services, and that government has an obligation to bring more attention to the critical role they play in our health care system. That is why (today) I am proud to add my name to the growing list of supporters who endorse the implementation of an Office of the National Nurse."

Pictured: Dr. John Kitzhaber (Gubernatorial Candidate-OR) and Elizabeth McPhee (Portland Community SNA President and USA Today/Coca Cola Silver Scholar)

It was a great day to be lobbying for HR 4601 The National Nurse Act of 2010 and student nurses representing the Portland Community College Chapter of the Student Nurse Association wasted little time. President Elizabeth McPhee introduced herself to Oregon Gubernatorial Candidate John Kitzhaber and handed him a button that read America Needs A National Nurse Now.

Pictured left to right: Incoming President-Elect Penny Roxas SN (Class of 2011), Antoine Drakeford SN (Class of 2010), President Elizabeth McPhee (Class of 2010), and NNNO President Teri Mills MS, RN, CNE

Students studying nursing continue to be mesmerized and supportive of legislation to create an Office of the National Nurse. They realize the potential of a visible and prominent nurse leader to guide health promotion efforts. As they study and learn more about the rise in epidemics of preventable chronic conditions, they become even more convinced that a National Nurse can make a difference in improving the health of our nation.

According to the CDC Website, 24 million Americans have diabetes; 57 million are at risk for developing diabetes, due to our nation’s obesity crisis. It costs $174 billion to care for the 24 million. If we were to prevent just one percent of those at risk from developing diabetes, through replication of successful health promotion programs, under the guidance of a National Nurse, we would save the country 4.13 billion dollars. Students agree and say how can we afford not to try this cost effective and common sense approach for prevention?

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Wednesday, May 05, 2010  

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