The National Nursing Network Organization
thanks the National Association of Hispanic Nurses
(NAHN) for sending this letter in support of HR 3679, National Nurse Act of 2011
to Congressman Charles Gonzalez (TX-20)
who chairs the Hispanic Congressional Caucus.
January 11, 2012
Congressman Charles Gonzalez
Chair Hispanic Congressional Caucus
Washington DC 20515
The Honorable Congressman Gonzalez:
The National Association of Hispanic Nurses
(NAHN) prides itself to be a professional nursing organization representing thousands of Latino nurses residing in the United States and Puerto Rico. NAHN is committed to advancing the health of Hispanic communities and advocating for policy changes and perspectives that accomplish this goal. It is for these reasons that NAHN is proud to announce its support for HR 3679, National Nurse Act of 2011
HR 3679, introduced by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)
and co-led by Congressman Peter King (R-NY)
) designates the Chief Nurse Officer of the USPHS to be known as the National Nurse for Public Health. This legislation will significantly promote public health and help to address costly health disparities in our country. The National Nurse for Public Health would provide a visible nurse leader to advocate for enhanced prevention efforts for all communities. Further, NAHN recognizes the value of having a National Nurse at the federal policy table, meeting with health care leaders to highlight health disparities, bring forward new ideas, and promote evidence-based interventions.
Chronic, preventable conditions have costly consequences both in health care dollars and morbidity and are especially prevalent in our nation's under-served communities. During this time of economic uncertainty, now more than ever, nurses must continue to be proactive in the fight against illness and disease. HR 3679 helps to keep nursing in the forefront by asking the National Nurse for Public Health to be a visible presence and work to engage nurses and health professionals to replicate successful health promotion programs in their local neighborhoods.
NAHN strongly endorses establishment of a National Nurse for Public Health because we believe that nurses, as the largest and most trusted sector of the healthcare sector, are well positioned to make important strides in keeping the Americans well. We hope the Hispanic Congressional Caucus concurs and will do all it can to help secure the passage of this bill.
Angie Millan, MSN, RNP, CNS
President, National Association of Hispanic Nurses
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Sunday, February 12, 2012