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Thursday, April 07, 2011

National Nurse Team Returns to Capitol Hill

Pictured left to right: Tara Candela JD, RN (NNNO Advocacy Team Member); Alisa Schneider MN, RN (NNNO Vice President); Robin Lloyd (Legislative Assistant to Congressman Anthony Weiner (NY-09); Teri Mills MS, RN, CNE (NNNO President); Melissa Fox MSN, RN

According to basketball coach Pat Riley, “You’re either in or you’re out. There’s no such thing as life in between.” The National Nurse Campaign is people powered with many nurses and key stakeholders who are willing to become involved because they too recognize the potential a National Nurse for Public Health has for improving the health of our nation.

Since the introduction of HR 1119 The National Nurse Act of 2011, the National Nursing Network Organization (NNNO) has heard from dozens of enthusiastic supporters who are eager to participate and lend a hand. Many sent money, several emailed and called their US Representative’s office to urge them to sign on to this bill, some are seeking the endorsement of organizations they belong to, one presented the bill when talking with nursing students about healthcare reform in the 21st century, and one is using this bill as an experiential exercise in an upcoming national conference!

Tara Candela JD, RN and Melissa Fox MSN, RN joined members of the NNNO Board of Directors as they met with staffers from the offices of 34 US Representatives. On several occasions, staff members recognized the names of constituents whose certificate was on the front of the packets of information that were presented to them. The staff stated these same individuals contacted them personally and because of this, they were closely following this bill. Staffers took notes, asked thorough questions, and we appreciated the time they spent on this legislation. Almost all of them had a family member or a friend who is a nurse, and they understood the important role nurses fulfill in healthcare and especially in health promotion and illness prevention.

Personal visits and face-to-face encounters are so important to moving legislators to support this bill. We want to thank our team and supporters who take the time to join us in these trips, and thank those who financially contribute to assure their continuation.

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Thursday, April 07, 2011  

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