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Dear Representative Johnson:
The Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (SGNA) is pleased to announce its support for H.R. 485, The National Nurse Act of 2013. As a professional organization of over 8,000 members dedicated to the safe and effective practice of gastroenterology and endoscopy nursing, SGNA recognizes the importance of this bill in focusing national attention on the role of the National Nurse. Designating the Chief Nurse Officer as the National Nurse for Public Health would elevate the authority and visibility of this position, in turn spotlighting the importance of preventative efforts such as cancer screening.
An issue which this elevated position would highlight, that especially resonates with SGNA members, is the opportunity to increase awareness of colorectal cancer screenings. While colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer related cause of death in the United States, over 90% of all cases of colorectal cancer can be prevented with a thorough, widespread screening and education program. H.R. 485 will help to keep screening programs like this in the forefront by identifying a visible, credible nurse leader to advocate for enhanced prevention efforts in our communities.
We thank you for your support of this legislation and for continuing to advocate for the improvement of our nation's health.
Betty McGinty, MS, HSA, BS, RN, CGRN