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Teri Mills MS, RN, CNE, President of the National Nursing Network Organization was interviewed recently for Oregon NurseCast, a podcast series designed to celebrate innovative, promising practices relevant in Oregon; provide tools and resources to facilitate the professional practice of nursing; and encourage conversation among nursing professionals.
Teri discussed rationale and evidence as to why this legislation is needed. She also shared her experience at advocating for legislation to improve public health. Teri reinforced that HR 485, The National Nurse Act of 2013 has been carefully worded to clarify the intent of the legislation. Strong support continues to mount for positioning the Chief Nurse Officer (CNO) of the USPHS to more prominently serve as a widely recognized National Nurse for Public Health.
Teri stated, “Those expressing concerns about "duplicating the duties" of the CNO apparently do not realize that the CNO and the National Nurse for Public Health are one and the same person. There is no basis for such concern as there is no duplication of the position or the responsibilities of the CNO”. Additionally and equally important, there is no title change being requested in the National Nurse Act of 2013. The CNO will remain the CNO with the additional designation as the National Nurse for Public Health. HR 485 places the CNO, an experienced public health nurse leader, in a more visible and authoritative status to carry out existing duties and promote widespread prevention efforts.
Key to the success of this approach to improve health status of all persons are these two facts: 1) the ACA strongly promotes prevention and 2) many trusted capable nurses are willing to take part in local community efforts.
Persons interested in learning more on the latest information about HR 485 can listen to an archived tape of this informative interview by clicking here.