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Pictured: Audrey Bayer BSN, RN, PCCN-C
Thank you to Working Nurse and writer Keith Carlson for featuring a story on The National Nurse of 2013 in April’s issue. Reading this article will provide greater understanding of the bill and its importance to nursing and public health.
Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30), the first registered nurse elected to Congress, is the bill’s chief sponsor. Johnson states H.R. 485 would designate the chief nurse officer of the U.S. Public Health Service as the national nurse for public health in order to elevate the visibility of nurses.
Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (CA-38) offers this statement at the conclusion of the article: “Having a national nurse for public health join with the surgeon general will make it possible to expand health promotion and disease prevention efforts in our communities. That’s why I’m a proud co-sponsor of the National Nurse Act of 2013.”
As Carlson mentions, “You don’t have to be political to be involved”. This proved true for nurse activist Audrey Bayer RN, BSN from Lambertville, NJ. Bayer joined the NNNO Advocacy Team this year and she has already visited with several lawmakers and their staff to urge support for H.R. 485, The National Nurse Act of 2013.