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On Wednesday, February 25, from 2:30-4:00 pm in Rayburn Office Building Room 2325, Representatives Eddie Bernice Johnson and Peter King will be hosting a Congressional Briefing to provide more information about HR 379, The National Nurse Act of 2015.
Kelly Trautner, AFT Director of Nurses and Healthcare Professionals, Teri Mills MS, RN, CNE (NNNO President) and Elizabeth McPhee RN (NNNO Director) are announced speakers with more to be determined. Space is limited but if you are interested in attending, please contact the NNNO.
Over 145 organizations and prominent individuals endorsed the National Nurse Act of 2013 and their support is expected to continue for H.R. 379, The National Nurse Act of 2015. The NNNO has contacted each supporter, sending each a copy of the new bill. A request was made to ask permission for the NNNO to add their organization to a new Signatory Letter addressed to Congress that reflects the current legislation. Although there were some changes made to H.R. 379, all parties involved believe these revisions strengthen the bill language and will help in assuring its passage.
Organizations are urged to please email the NNNO Board to receive a copy of the signatory letter if you are interested in supporting The National Nurse Act of 2015. We find when organizations take the time to review and study the legislation they overwhelmingly decide to endorse it.
Please inform the nursing organizations you belong to know that you would like them to share this effort with constituent members so that all nurses can join in the discussion and have an opportunity to participate.
January 30, 2015
The Honorable Eddie Bernice Johnson
U.S. House of Representatives
2468 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC 20515
The Honorable Pete King
US House of Representatives
339 Cannon House Office Building
Washington DC 20515
Dear Representatives Johnson and King:
On behalf of the more than thirty-five thousand Registered Nurses of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Nurse Alliance of California, thank you for co- introducing the National Nurse Act of 2015 (H.R. 379). Designating the current Chief Nurse Officer of the Public Health Service as the National Nurse for Public Health would strengthen efforts by nurses in every community to assist in initiating a nationwide shift to prevention to yield improved health outcomes. The National Nurse for Public Health’s support for the Surgeon General’s focus on prevention, developing nurses as community health advocates, and promoting professional nursing is key to the role nursing plays in our nation’s healthcare infrastructure.
The National Nurse Act of 2015 is of particular significance to our 35,000 Registered Nurses who work in multiple care settings, including public health nursing. The members of the Nurse Alliance Steering Committee, the governing body of SEIU’s Nurse Alliance of California, unanimously support this legislation.
Our nurses are on the front lines of our healthcare system. There is a projection of severe nursing shortages in our country that is expected to continue. By elevating the contributions of nurses and enhancing nursing recruitment and education throughout all communities, the National Nurse for Public Health would help address this crisis.
The U.S. currently ranks 19th worldwide in preventable deaths, and current estimates predict a 42% increase in 7 chronic diseases. By promoting health awareness, increasing health literacy, and reducing health disparities, the National Nurse for Public Health would plan an important role in improving our nation’s health.
SEIU Nurse Alliance of California commends you for your leadership and urges other Members of Congress to co sponsor this important legislation.
Ingela A. Dahlgren RN
Executive Director, SEIU Nurse Alliance of California