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Thank you to President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN and the American Nurses Association for their recent endorsement of H.R. 379, The National Nurse Act of 2015. The following is ANA’s letter of support:
Dear Congresswoman Johnson:
The American Nurses Association (ANA) is pleased to support H.R. 379, the National Nurse Act of 2015. H.R. 379 would designate the same individual serving as the Chief Nurse Officer (CNO) of the Public Health Service as the National Nurse for Public Health.
The ANA is the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation’s 3.1 million registered nurses. Our members serve in a variety of capacities, providing general and specialty care as registered nurses and advance practice nurses (APRNs), a group that includes certified nurse midwives, certified registered nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists, and nurse practitioners. These nurses practice in a wide range of settings such as private practices, hospitals, and home health settings around the country.
Thank you for your leadership in raising the visibility of nurses. The ANA appreciates that H.R. 379 provides for elevation in rank for the CNO, includes a report to Congress on the Commissioned Corps Nursing Category, and achieves a stronger focus on the role of the CNO in advocating for programs that address the health care demands of our nation.
We applaud the intention of H.R. 379 and look forward to working with you in the 114th Congress on legislation that strengthens America’s health care system.
Director of Government Affairs
The American Nurses Association joins the growing list of endorsing organizations found at http://nationalnurse.org/endorsements.shtml 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.