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Monday, April 08, 2013

Yes WE Can!

The campaign for a National Nurse for Public Health in many ways resembles a favorite childhood story, “The Little Engine That Could”. In this book, a stranded train is unable to find an engine willing to take it on over difficult terrain to its destination. Only the little blue engine is willing to try and, while repeating the mantra "I think I can, I think I can," overcomes a seemingly impossible task. Using that same stance, “I think I can”, many individuals and organizations are finding unique ways to support The National Nurse Act of 2013. Here are some examples:

When the leadership of the Greater Passaic Valley Public Health Nurses Association learned that nurses would be traveling to Capitol Hill to advocate for HR 485, they sent out a “Save The Date” announcement to all twelve members of the New Jersey Congressional Delegation. This prompted two US Representatives to sign on to co-sponsor the bill before the team even arrived in Washington DC!

NNNO Advocacy Team Member Pat Van Betten RN, M.Ed sent out an overview of the legislation to colleagues in Nevada. This letter explained the crux of the bill from a historical perspective and asked nurses to consider making $20 contributions and also requested that they call their U.S. Representatives to ask for their support. A recipient of Pat’s letter sent it to the Nevada Nurses Association, an endorsing organization, and the leadership then distributed it to the entire NNA email list.

Many organizations and nurse writers have posted excerpts from the National Nurse Newsletter in their newsletters and blogs, including the Florida Nurse Practitioner Network and

Kathy Quan BSN, RN has sent out numerous tweets providing important updates about the campaign. Over 760 are now following at @NationalNurse.

The Oregon Nurses Association sends an electronic “Friday News” to several thousand nurses in Oregon and included this link to the podcast, A National Nurse, to better inform their members about the bill.

Kathy Anne Mancusi RN, Esq. presented a PowerPoint on The National Nurse Act at a membership meeting of the Baltimore Chapter of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants.

Leaders from the Nutrition Support Nurses Practice Section of A.S.P.E.N. included information about HR 485 during their legislative visits on the Hill in March to garner support.

The Philippine Nurses Association of America wrote a joint resolution in support of HR 485, The National Nurse Act of 2013.

Numerous organizations have written individual letters of support including the National Black Nurses Association, the National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association, and MammaCare.

The Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (SGNA) wrote to explore ways to get their 63 regional societies involved in supporting the National Nurse for Public Health bill.

Many individuals made contributions that allowed supporters to travel to Washington DC. We are enormously grateful to all who have helped and want you to know that as a result of these activities and many more, there are now ___ members of Congress who have signed on to The National Nurse Act of 2013!

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, April 08, 2013  

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