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In Our Congressional Priorities recently published in the North Dallas Gazette, Congresswoman Johnson writes, “The new session of Congress provides an exciting opportunity to renew the focus on resolving the numerous challenges we face in our Congressional district, and in our nation. In addition to improving the types of treatment and availability of healthcare, I will reintroduce the National Nurse Act. This critical piece of legislation will designate the Chief Nurse Officer, an existing position in the U.S. Public Health Service, as the National Nurse for Public Health. The person who assumes this role will work with healthcare officials to address health disparities and establish goals for improving our nation’s public health.”
The National Nurse Act of 2015 currently has bipartisan support from 9 co-sponsors. This list includes Congressmen Leonard Lance (R-NJ-7), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-3), Don Young (R-AK-At Large), Richard Hanna (R-NY-22), Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM-3), Bobby Rush (D-IL-1), and Congresswomen Janice Schakowsky (D-IL-9), and Jamie Herrera Beutler (R-WA-3).
Use the Take Action links found at http://nationalnurse.org to locate your U.S. Representative. There you will find a template letter and phone script that can be easily edited to help you to contact your elected official. Please encourage them to sign on as a co sponsor to the National Nurse Act of 2015, so that we can keep the momentum growing for this legislation.