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Congresswoman Lois Capps,
Congressman David Joyce,
Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and
Congressman Peter King
Washington, D.C. Office
2231 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Congresswoman Capps and Johnson and Congressman Joyce and King:
The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN), the 6,000 member organization for the nurses who care for American’s workers, supports the National Nurse Act of 2013 (HR 485). The role of public health needs to grow for America's healthcare system to move from an illness to a prevention/wellness paradigm. Establishing this National Nurse position demonstrates continued commitment from the federal government and gives support for programs in communities.
Because public health and occupational health are both vital subspecialties of Community Health Nursing, this is a great opportunity to partner with public health. We need to work together with this office to protect the health of all community members. The occupational and environmental health nurse plays a pivotal role within a community by promoting the health and safety of workers, protecting families from adverse environmental effects through community education, and participating in community public health disaster preparedness. We can also provide input to national health priorities, health promotion and disease prevention, and education.
Catherine M Pepler, RN, BS, MBA COHN-S/CM, FAAOHN