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Congresswoman Lois Capps,
Congressman David Joyce,
Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and
Congressman Peter King
Washington, D.C. Office
2231 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Congresswoman Capps and Johnson and Congressman Joyce and King:
The American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN), the 2,000 member organization for the nurses caring for Americans with heart failure, is pleased to announce its support for H.R. 485, The National Nurse Act of 2013. Public health needs to grow in the direction of improving the health of Americans through health and wellness promotion and disease prevention programs, shifting the paradigm from illness and treatment, to prevention and wellness. Establishing the National Nurse position demonstrates continued commitment from the federal government and gives support for community wellness programs.
The title of National Nurse for Public Health will provide the authority and recognition needed to capture the public’s attention and to raise awareness of health promotion efforts. This educated, highly skilled nurse will advocate for enhanced prevention efforts across the country. Chronic, preventable conditions have costly consequences on both healthcare dollars and patient morbidity. HR 485 helps to keep nursing in the forefront by asking the National Nurse for Public Health to work alongside the U.S. Surgeon General, in promoting local community health programs.
The AAHFN supports establishment of a National Nurse for Public Health because we believe that nurses must be proactive leaders in health promotion, disease prevention and community health education.
Eva Johnson, RN, MSN, ANP-BC
Advocacy Committee Chair-Elect
American Association of Heart Failure Nurses