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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Congressional Members Go On The Record to Recognize Nurses

National Nurses Week (May 6-12th) is held each year to celebrate nursing and the many contributions that nurses make each day to promote the health and well being of society. Thank you to these supportive members of Congress for taking the opportunity to personally commemorate Nurses Week.

“Nurses heal us when we’re sick, comfort us when we’re afraid, and provide high-quality care to all. I am proud to support our nurses, and I will continue to support policies that allow them to practice to the full scope of their licensure and work in a safe environment.”

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1-D)

“Nurses are an essential part of our health care system. As we continue to place greater value on prevention, nurses will play a greater role in care. I am proud to support the National Nurse Act (H.R. 379), common sense legislation that will create a National Nurse for Public Health. This position will enhance the role of nurses in promoting healthy living, managing chronic conditions, and preventing illnesses in their communities.”

Congressman Sam Graves (MO-6-R)

“My Northern Missouri district covers 36 counties – the majority of which are rural and significantly underserved by the medical community. Without the dedication and expertise of nurses across our communities, hundreds of thousands of my constituents would be at serious risk anytime a medical emergency struck. Dangerous shortages like these led me to introduce the Veterans’ Access to Quality Care Act (HR 1472), which will allow advanced and experienced nurses to independently care for veterans across the country.”

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30-D)

“During National Nurses Week, we must recognize and celebrate the nursing profession. Whether in a hospital, school, nursing home, industry, or any other care setting, nurses are the glue that holds health professionals and patients together. For this reason, I reintroduced the National Nurse Act (H.R. 379) in the 114th Congress in order to make the existing Chief Nurse Officer within the United States Public Health Service a visible, vocal, and focused nurse leader by giving her a dual title of ‘National Nurse for Public Health.’ I firmly believe that a nurse leader would help to reduce health disparities, increase health literacy, and bring health promotion to the forefront. At a time when chronic and avoidable diseases plague our healthcare system and cost our taxpayers billions of dollars each year, and especially during National Nurses Week, we must turn our focus to health prevention.”

Congressman Pete King (NY-2)

“Nurses play a vital role in the prevention and management of chronic diseases. In honor of National Nursing Week, I express my commitment to passage of the National Nurse Act, common-sense legislation to designate the Chief Nurse Officer of the U.S. Public Health Service as the National Nurse for Public Health and demonstrate a commitment toward improving America’s health outcomes.”

Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07-R)

“National Nurses Week highlights the dedicated service of nurses across the country. Every day, but especially during National Nurses Week, we thank and celebrate nurses, their selfless devotion to their patients and their commitment to delivering high quality care. Patients and their loved ones value their strong commitment, compassion and care and the professionalism displayed in times of need. Thank you to the nurses who serve our Nation.”

Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-4-D)

“From our biggest cities to our most rural communities, America’s nurses provide tireless, compassionate care to those in need. On National Nurses Week, I want to thank our nurses for the crucial role they play in delivering high-quality care to patients and their dedication to the betterment of public health.”

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Wednesday, May 06, 2015  

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