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Support continues to pour in from around the country for H.R. 485, The National Nurse Act of 2013. The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) joined over 134 organizations and prominent individuals who have signed on the support letter being delivered to members of Congress. If your organization is interested in exploring how to add on to the list of endorsers please contact the National Nursing Network Organization's Board of Directors.
Here is the letter AFSCME sent to Representative Johnson:
Dear Representative Johnson,
On behalf of the 1.6 million members of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), including more than 60,000 nurses, I write in support of the National Nurse Act of 2013 (H.R. 485). Your bill would enhance the critical role nursing occupies in our country's health care infrastructure by establishing a full-time National Nurse for Public Health.
Preventing illness and promoting health across our nation is urgently needed as more than half of Americans are living with one or more serious, chronic disease ranging from type 2 diabetes to cancer. If unchecked, the current trend in chronic conditions will put today's children on a course to be the first generation in our country's history to live shorter less health lives than their parents. While many resources and coordinated initiatives at the federal and local level are needed to address the crisis, a National Nurse for Public Health will help strengthen capacity at the federal level.
We thank you for introducing this legislation and for your attention to public health and public health nurses.
Charles M. Loveless
Director of Federal Government Affairs