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Thank you to the many Case Management Society of America’s (CMSA) nurse members who visited Capitol Hill last month in support of S.1475, the National Nurse Act of 2013. The National Nursing Network Organization appreciates the leadership and guidance provided by CMSA Public Policy Chairman Carol A. Gleason, MM, RN, CRRN, CCM, LRC, BCPC for these appointments. Ms. Gleason states CMSA is in strong support of S. 1475, the National Nurse Act of 2013 because of their belief that this bill would give a greater voice to nursing issues and increase health awareness educating everyone to improve their own health and that of others. Gleason states this certainly is one of the main goals of case management.
S. 1475, introduced by Senator Jeff Merkley, amends the Public Health Service Act to establish the position of National Nurse for Public Health within the Office of the Surgeon General. It requires the individual serving as the National Nurse for Public Health to serve also as the Chief Nurse Officer of the Public Health Service. The bill includes among the duties of such position providing leadership and coordination of Public Health Service nursing professional affairs for the Office of the Surgeon General and other agencies of the Public Health Service, conducting media campaigns, and providing guidance and leadership for activities that will increase public safety and emergency preparedness.
S. 1475 also requires the National Nurse for Public Health to:
(1) participate in identification of national health priorities, (2) encourage volunteerism of nurses and strengthen the relationship between government agencies and health-related national organizations, and (3) promote the dissemination of evidence-based practice in educating the public on health promotion and disease prevention activities. According to the information left with Senators and their staff, CMSA believes “this bill would give a greater voice to issues important to nurses and nursing, as well as increasing health awareness, improving healthcare literacy, and reducing health disparities. The National Nurse for Public Health would raise awareness about what everyone can do to prevent illness while improving our own health and that of our families.”
Katie DeSoato RN, CCM; Joanna Malcolm RN, BSN, CCM; JulieMartin, RN, BSN, CCM; Connie Sunderhaus RN-BC, CCM
Katie Desiato RN CCM representing CMSA Chicago reports:
“I really enjoyed being on Capitol Hill. Not only was great information provided, but time was also set aside for a role play demonstration to help attendees who had never made a visit to a lawmaker’s office. This activity showed participants how to conduct a meeting, helping to put all of us at ease with the process.
I felt privileged to have been sent by the Chicago Chapter of CMSA to represent our organization. The National Nurse Act of 2013 could give nursing a voice in the well being of our country. I truly hope that legislation will pass soon. I am planning to continue to speak with my U.S. Representatives and Senators on this issue and others that impact case management.”