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Monday, September 12, 2011

NNNO Board Visits HHS and Capitol Hill

Pictured left to right: RADM Boris D. Lushniak MD, MPH, (Deputy Surgeon General); Susan Sullivan MSN, RN, PHN (NNNO Secretary); Teri Mills MS, RN, CNE (NNNO President); Elizabeth McPhee RN (NNNO Advocacy Chair); Debbie Orre (NNNO Board Member); RADM Kerry Nesseler MS, RN (Assistant Surgeon General and Chief Nurse Officer USPHS)

The National Nursing Network Organization ((NNNO) wishes to thank RADM Kerry Nesseler MS, RN (Assistant Surgeon General and Chief Nurse Officer USPHS) and RADM Boris D. Lushniak MD, MPH, (Deputy Surgeon General) for meeting with several members of the Board of Directors during their visit to Washington DC this month.

We were especially excited to learn that RADM Nesseler and RADM Lushniak recognize how closely aligned this legislation is to the National Prevention Strategy released in June 2011. The overarching goal of the National Prevention Strategy is to increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life. During the meeting, we were provided a print copy of this document that is now posted online. It is a strong collaborative plan describing overall goals and strategies to achieve a healthier nation. The NNNO appreciates the amount of time that RADM Nesseler and RADM Lushniak spent with us and for the valuable insights they shared.

Congressional staff members whom the NNNO met with following our visit at the Department of Health and Human Services also recognize the value of elevating the Chief Nurse Officer (CNO) position to full time status and designating it to be known as the National Nurse for Public Health. Many staffers were familiar with the National Prevention Strategy and could see the strong relationship between HR 1119 The National Nurse Act of 2011 and this report. The NNNO appreciates the amount of time that RADM Nesseler and RADM Lushniak spent with us and for the valuable insights they shared.

Another positive aspect of this DC trip was that we were able to meet with almost an equal number of legislative staffers from both political parties. We noted more awareness and enthusiasm on both sides of the aisle for the bill.

We want to especially recognize and thank all supporters who made financial contributions towards our trip. This resulted in our ability to deliver dozens of informational packets and introduce many staffers to the bill for the first time. We were pleasantly surprised by the number of significant conversations we were able to have with the Legislative Director or health policy staff despite not having prior scheduled appointments.

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, September 12, 2011  

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