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Monday, July 05, 2010

Part 2-Students Write about HR 4601 The National Nurse Act of 2010

Pictured: Amber Michelle Wolff BSN, RN (MSN, WHNP Candidate 2011) and Daughter Brinnley Michaela Wolff-7 months

This is a continuation of a four part series that focuses on portions of papers the National Nursing Network Organization has received from numerous students who are studying and writing about HR 4601 The National Nurse Act of 2010 to meet coursework requirements.

Thank you to Amber Michelle Wolff BSN, RN who is enrolled in the University of Cincinnati Graduate School of Nursing in Woman’s Health and Midwifery for choosing this topic for her Health Care Policy paper. Michelle writes,

"As nurses, we are the first line of defense against disease. Nationally we are among one of the highest respected professions. With mounting health care costs and a slowing economy, the health of our nation is undeniably fighting its own war against disease. HR 4601 The National Nurse Act of 2010 was introduced to primarily focus on disease prevention and promote wellness as well as strengthen the profession of nursing. We as nurses have the opportunity to embrace our profession, to promote prevention and alleviate this financial burden.

One particular misconception about the role of the National Nurse is that it will replicate or replace the role of the Surgeon General. Quite the contrary, the role of the Surgeon General is to provide recent evidenced based research regarding preventative illness and disease to the American Public (Office of the Surgeon General, 2010). The difference between the roles of the National Nurse and the Surgeon General is that the National Nurse concentrates on promoting nurses to become community health advocates in addition to promotion the nursing professional. In theory, this role will complement the role of the Surgeon General. The National Nurse will also continue to perform the responsibilities of the Chief Nursing Officer.

Health literacy is another focus the NN seeks to promote. As immigration becomes one of the forefronts of today’s economical constraints, it also inherently affects the health care system as well. Many immigrants, legal or not seek health care in America. Health literacy can often impede ones access to quality health care because lack of understanding of the English language or lack of appropriate translation. According to the United States Department of Homeland Security annual flow report, 1,130,818 people obtained legal permanent resident or green card in 2009 (Monger, 2010).

We as nurses have the capability to collaborate with one another to achieve the goal of preventative health care. During this time of economic and health crisis, now more than ever nurses must become proactive in the fight against illness and disease."


Monger, R. (2010). U.S. legal permanent residents: 2009. Department of Homeland Security. Retrieved on May 20, 2010 from

Office of the Surgeon General (2010). Duties of the surgeon general. Washington, DC:
USPHS. Retrieved on April 28, 2010 from

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, July 05, 2010  

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