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Monday, June 25, 2012

NY Assembly Adopts Resolution in Support of the National Nurse Act 2011

Pictured: Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther

Thank you Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther who introduced K957, "Urging the New York State Congressional delegation to support HR 3679, known as The National Nurse Act of 2011" on June 19, 2012. The bill amassed 47 sponsors before it was sent to the floor of the Assembly and adopted unanimously by all voting members.

The National Nursing Network Organization has put out the following press release:

New York, NY-On June 19, 2012, with leadership provided by Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther (AD 98), the NY Assembly overwhelmingly passed a resolution memorializing the NY Congressional delegation to support HR 3679, The National Nurse Act of 2011. HR 3679, introduced last year by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and co-led by Congressman Peter King (R-NY), would designate the existing position of the Chief Nurse Officer of the US Public Health Service to additionally be recognized as the National Nurse for Public Health to address national priorities of health promotion and disease prevention.

 “Nurses already incorporate teaching as a cornerstone of nursing care no matter where that care is being delivered. In addition, nursing interventions that promote health are powerful tools for prevention in community settings,” states Gunther. “Furthermore, the Gallup poll indicates year after year that Americans listen to nurses about their health. We believe the nursing profession has the expertise, the skills and the commitment needed to shift the tide towards prevention and begin to improve our nation's health at a time when chronic preventable conditions are occurring at astronomical rates.”

 Teri Mills MS, RN, CNE who serves as President of the National Nursing Network Organization introduced the concept for a National Nurse in an op/ed published in the New York Times in 2005. "There is overwhelming evidence supporting the critical need to boost health promotion and prevention efforts as well as answer the public demand for increased leadership in nursing. HR 3679 will bring forth the significant and trusted voice of the nurse to the ongoing conversation about health and health care in America," said Mills. "We are delighted to have the support of the New York Assembly for this effort.” More importantly, the National Nurse for Public Health would accurately portray nursing leadership, enhance the image of nursing, and improve public awareness of the many roles nurses fulfill in protecting public health. A January 2010 Gallup Poll conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation revealed that 86 percent of those surveyed stated they would like to see nurses have more influence in promoting wellness and expanding preventive care. This legislation demonstrates how a nurse leader can contribute to health policy and planning decisions to meet the recommendations outlined in the recently published National Prevention Strategy.

Currently HR 3679, The National Nurse Act of 2011 has the support of 41 co-sponsors as well as 110 organizations and prominent individuals who have endorsed this bill. For more information, visit: http://nationalnurse.org

BY: M. of A. Gunther

Urging the New York State Congressional delegation to support HR 3679, known as The National Nurse Act of 2011


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION urging the New York State Congressional delegation to support HR 3679, The National Nurse Act of 2011, or similar legislation, designating the Chief Nurse Officer of the US Public Health Service as the National Nurse for Public Health.

WHEREAS, Our nation continues to face an epidemic of preventable conditions and chronic diseases that are soaring to alarming rates; and

WHEREAS, Nurses are crucial to the promotion of preventive care and the caring of the whole person; and

WHEREAS, Nurses are highly valued and trusted by the public, and are often in a position to deliver educational messages to the public about ways to improve their health and prevent disease; and

WHEREAS, The National Nurse for Public Health would act to raise awareness of health issues and promote good health through education and community outreach; and

WHEREAS, The National Nurse for Public Health would serve as an effective partner to the existing United States Office of the Surgeon General; and

WHEREAS, The National Nurse for Public Health will participate in the identification of health priorities; enhance recruitment to combat the still serious nursing shortage; play a role when necessary to mobilize large numbers of nurse volunteers to respond to emergencies; engage practicing nurses and other health professionals, students and retirees to participate in health promotion activities and replicate successful health promotion programs; and

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body represents many thousands of nurses and nurse educators across the State; and

WHEREAS, HR 3679 was introduced on December 15, 2011, in the House of Representatives by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, a nurse representing the 30th District of Texas and co-led by Representative Peter King representing the 3rd District of New York; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the New York State Congressional delegation be and hereby is respectfully memorialized by this Legislative Body to support HR 3679, known as The National Nurse Act of 2011, or similar legislation, designating the CNO of the US Public Health Service as the National Nurse for Public Health; and be it further

RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be transmitted to each member of the Congress of the United States from the State of New York.

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, June 25, 2012  

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