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The Honorable Eddie Bernice Johnson
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Representative Johnson:
The American Federation of Teachers, which represents nearly 80,000 registered nurses working in acute care hospitals, home health agencies, schools and long-term care facilities, is proud to support the National Nurse Act of 2013 (H.R. 485).
The establishment of a full-time national nurse for public health would give long- overdue recognition to the important role nurses play in the public health system, as well as provide an important platform for greater public education on the importance of preventive care, proper treatment of chronic illnesses and the need for emergency preparedness. As you know, nurses are highly valued and trusted by the public, which means they are particularly effective messengers on how to solve the important healthcare challenges facing our communities today.
We deeply appreciate your introduction of this legislation, and gladly offer whatever help we can provide in moving it forward.
Kristor W. Cowan Director, Legislation