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Washington DC- (January 14, 2015) Today, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Congressman Peter King (R-NY) reintroduced the National Nurse Act of 2015 in the 114th Congress. The National Nurse Act works to move preventative health forward by designating the acting Chief Nurse Officer as the National Nurse for Public Health. This position would provide a publicly visible nurse leader who would function alongside the Surgeon General and collaborate with health care leaders to address health disparities, set goals to improve the health of Americans, and raise the profile of the entire U.S. Public Health Service.
Chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and obesity pose the greatest threat to the health of Americans and our nation’s economy. Nurses provide key services for the prevention and management of these conditions, and this legislation is necessary to support further work needed to promote prevention, improve outcomes and guide national, state, and local efforts in addressing the nation’s health. With approximately 3,100,000 registered nurses, nursing represents the largest component of the health care profession. Each day, each and every nurse is positioned to move the nation toward improved public health.
“We firmly believe that designating the Chief Nurse Officer as the National Nurse for Public Health is a common sense, cost effective step toward improving the health and wellness of our great country,” said Congresswoman Johnson. Health care professionals are poised to lead the national movement toward improving public health, and the National Nurse for Public Health would provide the uniting voice and leadership to do so.
U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson is the ranking member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and the highest ranking Texan on the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure. She represents the 30th Congressional District of Texas, which includes downtown Dallas, Fair Par, Kessler Park, Old East Dallas, Pleasant Grove, South Dallas & South Oak Cliff; all of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Hutchins, Lancaster & Wilmer and parts of Ferris, Glenn Heights, South Grand Prairie, Oak Lawn, Ovilla, Uptown/Victory Park and West Dallas.
For more information visit http://nationalnurse.org