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Thank you to Nursetogether.com and reporter Katie Morales for writing a story, Nurses Leading the Way: Then and Now, that brings forward the many contributions that nurse leaders have made in the past. These nurse activists fearlessly led the way for a healthier nation just like Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30) who as a former chief psychiatric nurse at the VA Medical Center in Dallas, proudly provided healthcare to those who bravely served our country. Congresswoman Johnson is the lead sponsor of the National Nurse Act. Also highlighted in this article is the work of the National Nursing Network Organization, a grassroots, all-volunteer movement working towards passage of the this legislation.
Morales notes that the National Nurse Act of 2013 has great potential for cost savings. The National Nurse for Public Health would serve as a leader to advocate for enhanced prevention efforts in all communities. She writes, “Efforts would focus on chronic, preventable conditions which are public health epidemics. As modern nurses, we have big shoes to fill. We have a responsibility to follow in the footsteps of our nursing pioneers and an opportunity to lead the way in this historic movement.”
The NNNO encourages all supporters and stakeholders to visit the National Nurse Take Action Web Page. There is a sample letter and phone script and a link to contact your legislators to request their co sponsorship on this bill.
Nurses will continue to lead the way just as American Red Cross Founder Clara Barton did when she provided care to those afflicted with wounds during the Civil War. Barton stated, "I have an almost complete disregard of precedent, and a faith in the possibility of something better. It irritates me to be told how things have always been done. I defy the tyranny of precedent. I go for anything new that might improve the past".