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National Nurses Week, May 6-12th, is a great time to bring recognition to H.R. 485, The National Nurse Act of 2013 as well as to urge your U.S. Representative to sign on as a co-sponsor to this bill. One way to accomplish this is to write a letter to the editor of your local and/or state newspaper. Below is a template to get you started:
To The Editor:
As a nurse who has worked in our community for __ years, I am writing today to ask that you join me in supporting H.R. 485, The National Nurse Act of 2013. H.R. 485 will help generate a stronger focus on prevention. And it will bring more recognition to the Chief Nurse Officer of the PHS by having this existing position be additionally designated as the National Nurse for Public Health.
There is a wealth evidence that the health of our country can be dramatically advanced by deploying our largest and most trusted national health resource, America's nurses. An important role of the National Nurse will be to encourage willing nurses and other health professionals to work with their local community health programs to improve health.
This bill deserves the full support of Representative ________. Nurses and other health professionals can take an active part in curbing the epidemic of chronic conditions that continue to drain our health care dollars. Leadership from a National Nurse for Public Health will encourage their involvement and guide them to be successful. I urge that Representative ____ sign on to H.R. 485 as a co-sponsor to demonstrate that he/she stands by his/her values as a champion for both nursing and public health.
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