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Monday, October 29, 2012

You Have The Power

The National Nursing Network Organization’s Advocacy Team is very creative, and our newest member, Frances C. Hodgkins BSN, RN, PMHN-BC, VHA-CM is no different. Frances is completing her Master’s Degree in Nursing Informatics and she is a social media guru. Upon her suggestion a petition has been created at We the People Your Voice in Our Government, to alert the administration of our desire for a National Nurse for Public Health.

The petition reads:

Endorse the National Nurse Act-we need a National Nurse for Public Health to raise awareness for wellness and prevention now.

Passage of the Affordable Care Act provides a unique window of opportunity to strengthen the delivery of prevention education and highlight the nurse’s role in our healthcare system. Low health literacy, coupled with increasing numbers of chronic preventable conditions, demonstrate current efforts are insufficient. Based on the ubiquitous presence of nurses in all communities and the high degree of trust bestowed on them, an adequate nursing workforce can play a major role in prevention, thus reducing both morbidity and costs related to chronic disease. HR 3679, the National Nurse Act of 2011 designates the Chief Nurse Officer of the USPHS to engage nurses to replicate successful prevention programs. Visit for more information and get involved.

Please visit We the People Your Voice in Our Government and sign the petition. Follow these steps to create your account and begin using We the People.

  1. Create an Account. Fill out the form below to create an account.
  2. Verify Your Account. Within a few minutes and email will be sent to you. You must click on the link in that email in order to verify your account.
  3. Create or Sign a Petition. Once you’ve verified your account you can create and sign petitions. Note that you must click the green "Sign this Petition" button on the petition you wish to sign after you’ve verified your account in order for your signature to be counted.

You are encouraged to share this link on your Facebook wall/timeline and also via Twitter so that your friends and colleagues can join this effort. Remember, you have the power. Using social media enhances nursing power. Nurses can make a difference!

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, October 29, 2012  

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