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Thursday, September 30, 2010

We Need a National Nurse! What YOU Can Do

Pictured Elizabeth McPhee RN

Read This Article and Get Involved!

Elizabeth McPhee RN and NNNO Advocacy Team Member makes a strong case as to why America needs a visible and prominent nurse leader for health promotion and prevention. Elizabeth writes, "Nurses are all too aware of the critical problems facing public health. The good news is that most causes of chronic disease, like obesity, are preventable, which is where we nurses come into play. We believe that it is nurses who should be standing at the forefront of a movement to educate people on preventing illness in the first place, before it becomes a chronic disease.

Nurses spend more time with patients than any other medical provider. Year after year, the Gallup poll indicates that Americans respect nurses and listen to them on health issues. By offering disease prevention education in our communities, we can help to decrease soaring healthcare costs and end needless suffering, initiating a more healthful society. 

Nurses are galvanized by this proposal and want to keep moving forward. We have unique skills and insights to offer the public. We understand that preventive medicine is better than reactive medicine; the quality of life matters. That is why we must secure the passage of HR 4601 The National Nurse Act of 2010.

If this campaign inspires you to get involved and become a part of this grassroots effort, please: 

• Contact your US Representative and ask that they become a co-sponsor of HR 4601 The National Nurse Act of 2010.

• Write the NNNO Board of Directors for talking points and a copy of the signatory letter (PDF).
• Publish an article about HR 4601 The National Nurse Act of 2010 in your organization’s newsletter to educate others about the bill. (Feel free to reprint this article from Working Nurse.)

• Request professional organizations that you belong to become an endorser of HR 4601 The National Nurse Act of 2010.
• Stay updated by signing up to receive the National Nurse Newsletter.”

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Thursday, September 30, 2010  

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