Washington DC – Thanks to the leadership of Representative Anthony Weiner (NY-9)
, nursing sees its vision for a highly visible and prominent public health nurse introduced as a bill into the 112th Congress.
On March 16, 2011, Representative Weiner, a member of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, introduced into the House of Representatives HR 1119
to establish a National Nurse for Public Health. We are proud to be working with Congressman Weiner who is a determined and devoted public servant.
We strongly encourage all supporters of this legislation to write a thank you letter to Representative Weiner
or call his office-202-225-6616 to express your thanks.
Here is some key information about this bill:The National Nurse Act of 2011
designates the position of the Chief Nurse Officer of the US Public Health Service to serve as the National Nurse for Public Health.
The National Nurse would function along side the Surgeon General to promote health, improve health literacy and decrease health disparities, strengthening the relationship between Government agencies and health-related national organizations through a more prominent, visible, full- time, and modernized nursing leadership presence. The National Nurse for Public Health will encourage (not require) volunteerism of nurses and other individuals to help replicate successful health promotion programs. Nurses are well positioned to provide these much needed interventions as they are 3.4 million strong, the most trusted of all health professionals, span all cultures, and are accomplished health educators.
A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine validates the need for a National Nurse for Public Health. Co-author Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen G. Sebelius, reports "Americans receive only about half of the preventive services that are currently recommended. This finding supports a national need for an increased emphasis on strategies to increase health promotion and disease prevention efforts in this country." HR 1119
provides one innovative and cost neutral solution for disseminating messages of wellness to the American public on a massive scale.
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Saturday, March 19, 2011