Pictured: Craig Grover (Graduate Nurse, Class of 2010) with Alan Grover Age 12
This concludes our four part series featuring portions of papers written by undergraduate and graduate nursing students who are studying and writing about HR 4601 The National Nurse Act of 2010
Craig Grover SN (Class of 2010) wrote about The National Nurse. He writes,
"The traditional image of the nurse in America has changed from being a white privileged female into a culturally diverse population that incorporates both men and women from all ethnic backgrounds and income levels. This new population of nurses is becoming independent in their thinking about how the future direction of nursing should be directed. The Office of the National Nurse has inspired this future nursing generation as was evidenced at the National Student Nurses Association annual convention. At this convention students rallied from all over the nation asking that this important issue be heard at the House of Delegates. Student nurses join those who are seeking a visible nurse leader to help organize efforts and create a data base of proven successful programs for the nurse to access to deliver health promotion in their community.
Educational interventions for health promotion and disease prevention have become a nationwide priority for Americans (TFAH, 2009). The seven most common chronic diseases in America are putting a great strain on our health care system. Six out of the seven of these diseases-cancer, diabetes (Type 2), hypertension, stroke, heart disease, and pulmonary disease are preventable with modifiable changes in a person's lifestyle. Lack of physical activity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, and excessive alcohol consumption have all been found by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to increase the risk of these diseases. Nurses are in an undervalued position for taking on the role of educating the public.
Opinion leaders say nurses should have more influence on health systems and services (RWJF, 2010). The Office of the National Nurse would provide a visible and trusted leader to serve as a messenger in delivering vital messages of health promotion to the American public. The Office of the National Nurse would promote the expansion of evidenced-based disease prevention programs and research shows this could save our nation sixteen billion dollars annually within the next five years according to a Robert Woods Johnson Foundation report (TFAH, 2008).
As student nurses, we are the voice of the future and the vehicles for implementing change in our communities. The National Student Nurses Association has identified improving the visibility of nursing as a goal. Who better than a prominent educated and recognized National Nurse to help us accomplish this?"
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation & Trust for America’s Health. (2009). Americans rank prevention as most important health reform priority. TFAH and RWJF health reform poll. Retrieved September 23, 2009 from http://healthyamericans.org/pages/?id=265
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (2010). Groundbreaking new survey finds that diverse opinion leaders say nurses should have more influence on health systems and services. Retrieved May 20, 2010 from http://www.rwjf.org/pr/product.jsp?id=54488
Trust for America’s Health Reports. (2008). Prevention for a healthier America: Investments in disease prevention yield significant savings, stronger communities. Retrieved September 23, 2009 from http://healthyamericans.org/reports/prevention08/
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Tuesday, September 07, 2010