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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Heard Around Washington DC

The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health published on behalf of the Institute of Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, calls for more nurse leaders throughout healthcare. The November/December 2010 issue of The American Nurse quoted American Nurses Association President Karen Daley, "If we are indeed successful with health care reform, the model of care will not be based on the disease process, but on disease prevention and health promotion."

Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is now accepting nominations for the Healthy Living Innovation Awards. These awards will identify and acknowledge innovative health promotion projects that have demonstrated a significant impact on the health status of a community.

In a recent round table discussion, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stated, "The Obama administration 'would love to have input' from nurses and use their ideas and expertise in patient care to improve health care".

All of these examples bode well for the necessity of a visible and prominent nurse leader for health promotion and disease prevention, and why so many supporters of this innovative concept continue in their quest to make this happen. Supporters contact the National Nursing Network Organization (NNNO) daily and have not let up on lobbying their US Representatives.

Pictured Kathleen Bartholomew RN, MN hosting a nursing photo exhibit in the Rayburn Foyer on Capitol Hill.

Thank you to Kathleen Bartholomew RN, MN, a member of the NNNO Advocacy Team, who personally took the time to visit several US Representatives' offices while in Washington DC to discuss The National Nurse Act of 2010 and its future. These face to face visits are very important and are an example of how nurses can use their voices to influence policy change that will benefit the public's health.

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Saturday, January 29, 2011  

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