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Pictured Left to Right: Sandy Summers MSN, MPH, RN; Leslie Leonard BSN, RN; Debbie Orre MSN, RN; Elizabeth McPhee RN; Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici; Teri Mills MS, RN, CNE; Elizabeth A. Leonard, MSN, MBE, RN-BC, CCRP
The Office of Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and The National Nursing Network Organization (NNNO) hosted a Congressional Briefing on H.R. 485 The National Nurse Act of 2013 on February 27th, 2014. NNNO President Teri Mills MS, RN, CNE and NNNO Director Elizabeth (Liz) McPhee RN were the featured presenters. Using facts and evidence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Diabetes Association, the Milken Institute, and the National Institute of Health, Liz provided rationale for why increased efforts for health promotion and disease prevention via a visible and recognized Chief Nurse Officer/National Nurse for Public Health is needed.
Before explaining the tenets of the National Nurse Act of 2013, Teri verified that nurse leaders are calling for nurses to have more influence in promoting wellness and preventive care. Information was then provided on how this bill is aligned with the mission of the Office of the Surgeon General, the National Prevention Strategy, and the USPHS Nursing Strategic Plan.
The briefing provided an opportunity to share important facts about the bill based on the bill language rather than rumors and misinformation. Over 86 organizations, representing hundreds of thousands of nurses and key stakeholders have now endorsed The National Nurse Act of 2013. Additionally, it is noteworthy that five state legislative bodies (OR, MA, NJ, NY, and VT) have passed resolutions urging Congress to enact this legislation.
Pictured left to right: Teri Mills, Carrie Palmer, Legislative Assistant-Congresswoman Johnson; and Elizabeth McPhee
Thank you to those who took time out of their busy schedules to attend the briefing, including Congressional Staff, members of the Nursing Community, representatives from the American Federation of Teachers and National Black Nurses Association, and supporters. The NNNO would especially like to express appreciation to the staff of Congresswoman Johnson and Congressman Peter King for their assistance in assuring the success of this event.