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Monday, March 16, 2015

NNNO Advocacy Trip to Washington DC Huge Success

Pictured: Elizabeth McPhee RN (Director, NNNO Board); Congressman Richard Hanna (R-NY-22); and Shevaun German BSN, RN

Nurses from Oregon, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia returned to Capitol Hill last month for to advocate for the National Nurse Act of 2015. During their two and a half day stay, these supporters visited directly with 36 staff members and dropped off packets of information to an additional 40 House and Senate offices. It was by far, one of the most ambitious trips yet to Washington DC and the NNNO is grateful to all who participated.

Pictured: Elizabeth McPhee RN; Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR-1); Shevaun German BSN, RN; and Teri Mills MS, RN, CNE

Pictured: Shevaun German BSN, RN; Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-7); and Elizabeth McPhee RN

The NNNO heard these comments frequently repeated during our meetings with Congressional staff:

1. “We appreciate that the bill is cost neutral.”

2. “Having the Chief Nurse Officer/National Nurse for Public Health prepare a biennial report on the activities of the Nurse Category of the PHS Commissioned Corps is a good idea.”

3. “This bill is non-partisan and easy to implement”.

4. “Your advocacy team is one of the most prepared and organized on Capitol Hill.”

5. “The recent Ebola epidemic and measles outbreak are examples of why a National Nurse for Public Health is timely and overdue.”

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, March 16, 2015  

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