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Monday, June 28, 2010

We Need a Nurse For America

Pictured: Beth Bryant Barranco RN, BSN

Last week the Aiken Standard newspaper published a letter to the editor written by Beth Barranco Bryant. Beth emphasized why America needs a National Nurse and she urges support for HR 4601 The National Nurse Act of 2010. Beth also works as a health report for the NBC affiliate in Augusta, Georgia and she recently did a story on The National Nurse Act of 2010.

Here are some excerpts from Beth's letter:

"To say our country has a health care system is really more of an oxymoron. We have a "sick care" system. It is way past time that nurses, the forefront of the health care delivery system, take action and make this country healthy again. It is time that our country appointed a National Nurse.

Nurses are the primary educators and care givers to patients. Nurses teach new parents how to care for their newborn baby. Nurses teach families how to care for their dying loved one and it's the nurse who comforts the grieving family. Nurses are the caregivers, the patient advocate, and they promote preventive care and education to the public.

It is proposed in the bill, HR4601, that the current position, Chief Nurse Officer of U.S. Public Health Service, would be elevated from half-time to full-time and designated as the National Nurse of Prevention. As a visible national spokesperson for nursing, the National Nurse would continue to support the Surgeon General's Focus on Prevention in all communities. The National Nurse would also meet with health care leaders to address poor health literacy and health disparities, promote nurses as community health advocates and enhance nursing recruitment throughout all communities in efforts to decrease the nursing shortage.

It is crucial that we continue the effort in making America a healthy nation. The Office of the National Nurse can be instrumental in making our effort a reality. We all want "health" care don't we?"

Beth Barranco, RN, BSN
Aiken, South Carolina

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, June 28, 2010  

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