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Monday, January 16, 2012

Greater Passaic Valley Public Health Nurses Association Reaffirms Support for National Nurse Act 2011


Thank you to the Greater Passaic Valley (New Jersey) Public Health Nurses Association for once again unanimously supporting HR 3679 The National Nurse Act of 2011. Here is their letter of support:

January 9, 2012

Dear Teri,

The Greater Passaic Valley Public Health Nurses Association is an organization of approximately forty-five Public Health Nurses from the northern New Jersey area. The current legislation establishing a National Nurse for Public Health has been among newsworthy items shared during monthly meetings. On April 28, 2011, our members unanimously moved to support the National Nurse Act of 2011 (HR 1119) with a letter and a monetary donation to NNNO to educate an elected official about HR 1119 and the benefits of establishing a National Nurse for Public Health. In the intervening months, Representatives E. Johnson and P. King took on the roles of the co-sponsors, and, when finally introduced on December 15, 2011, the bill had undergone a minor revision and been renumbered (HR 3679.) This letter is sent to reaffirm that, although names and numbers may have changed with time, support of the Greater Passaic Valley Public Health Nurses Association for the National Nurse Act of 2011 remains steadfast.

The Greater Passaic Valley Public Health Nurses Association supports establishment of a National Nurse for Public Health because we believe that

1. The National Nurse will strengthen public health principles and the public health nursing perspective at a higher level of government.
2. The National Nurse will be the voice of the collective tenets upon which all public health nurses base their practices.
3. The National Nurse will be a visible presence in the media to advocate for public health issues.

The Greater Passaic Valley Public Health Nurses Association thanks the members of the National Nursing Network Organization for their tenacity and dedication to establishing the position of National Nurse for Public Health. Likewise, we are grateful for legislators who, after listening to this message, recognize the need for and opportunity presented by the National Nurse Act of 2011 (HR 3679.) We eagerly add our voice to this effort to help the National Nurse for Public Health become a reality.

Yours in good health,

Leslie Leonard, RN, BSN
GPVPHNA President

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, January 16, 2012  

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