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Pictured: Elizabeth McPhee RN and Teri Mills MS, RN, CNE
The National Nursing Network Organization was honored to participate in a Congressional Briefing last month hosted by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-D), Congressman Pete King (NY-R), and American Federation of Nurses and Healthcare Professionals.
The objectives of the briefing were to:
• Highlight impact of chronic disease, health disparities and health illiteracy within U.S.
• Discuss reports calling for increased efforts for health promotion and prevention.
• Explain the tenants of H.R. 379.
• Review changes in current bill language.
• Request support and answer questions.
Two presenters at the briefing were NNNO President Teri Mills and NNNO Director Elizabeth McPhee whose presentation emphasized the costly, chronic, preventable conditions that are bankrupting our nation’s healthcare dollars. Mills and McPhee conveyed the overwhelming evidence demonstrating the critical need to boost health promotion and prevention efforts as well as answer the public demand for increased leadership in nursing.
Kelly Trautner, Director of the American Federation of Nurses and Healthcare Professionals
Kelly Trautner, Director of the American Federation of Nurses and Healthcare Professionals, concluded the briefing. Her speech also highlighted the critical role the Chief Nurse/ National Nurse for Public Health, the US Public Health Service, and Medical Reserve Corps currently fulfill with emergency preparedness.
Healthcare professionals and the public are demanding accurate information from a credible and trusted source. Nurses need and deserve timely answers to their questions so that they can provide safe care protecting themselves and their patients. Despite lessons learned from recent serious global epidemics of communicable diseases such as Ebola, measles, and influenza there is still no single, recognized public health nursing leader to provide accurate education, guidance and reassurance for both health professionals and the public.
H.R. 379, The National Nurse Act of 2015 adds an innovative, pragmatic solution to engage nurses to take the helm of this movement.
The briefing was well attended by members of supporting organizations as well as staff from many Congressional offices. Special thanks to the staff from Congresswoman Johnson and Congressman King’s offices and also to AFT Healthcare for their tremendous help, support, and generosity.