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Pictured: Anne Llewellyn RN-BC, MS, BHSA, CCM, CRRN; Representative Karen Bass (CA-37); and Teri Mills MS, RN, CNE
There are currently 77 House Congressional co-sponsors for H.R. 485, The National Nurse Act of 2013. Thank you to Representatives Jim Costa (CA-16); James P. McGovern (MA-2); Karen Bass (CA-37); Brian Higgins (NY-26); Jim McDermott (WA-7); and Niki Tsongas (MA-3) who signed on. With the additional co sponsorship of these six members, H.R. 485 now enjoys the support of 1/6th of the House of Representatives. This is quite a feat considering how challenging it is proving to pass any legislation in the 113th Congress.
As we continue to transition into a wellness model for health care and leave the sick model behind, we have to change our focus. In doing so we prioritize prevention and proactive measures to improve our health status and that of our patients.
Our job as nurses will continue to include more and more patient education and holistic care. Not only will we continue to educate patients about their current health status and diseases, but we will focus heavily on preventing disease and complications in order to improve outcomes and general health status.
A National Nurse for Public Health will help to set the tone and lead the charge to improve how we do this with better tools, shared information and as an example to all. The National Nurse will be the visible leader for the profession and help to elevate nurses in the eyes of patients who already trust us more than any other profession.”