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Congratulations to NNNO Advocacy Team Member Shevaun German RN on completion of her MSN degree from Loretto Heights School of Nursing (Regis University) last month. Shevaun was awarded “Outstanding Achievement: Leadership in Nursing Management” for her academic excellence, volunteerism on a mission to Haiti (Forward in Health), and advocating for elected officials’ support for H.R. 379 The National Nurse Act of 2015 on Capitol Hill.
Shevaun began volunteering with the National Nursing Network Organization (NNNO) three years ago. As a member of the NNNO Advocacy Team, she has participated in multiple conference calls and has traveled several times to Washington DC to advocate for H.R. 379. Not only has Shevaun met with members’ health policy staff and legislative directors, she has additionally facilitated face to face meetings with several U.S. Representatives to educate them why designating the Chief Nurse Officer as the National Nurse for Public Health is warranted.
Shevaun visits Capitol Hill
Shevaun says she has learned how inefficiently public health messages are delivered to nurses and believes this a result of having no formally recognized National Nurse leader for public health. The nursing profession comprises a workforce that includes many retired nurses and students who are more then willing to volunteer and help promote health in their local communities. Language included in H.R. 379 that Shevaun is particularly passionate about is having a National Nurse for Public Health who will provide guidance and leadership for activities to promote the public health, including encouraging nurses and other health professionals to be volunteers, and developing projects that educate the public in prevention practices that will achieve better health.
“As a nurse I have the privilege to positively influence humanity every day! Social justice and civic engagement are concepts that are alive in my personal and professional life. These values are woven into the fabric of my beliefs and I will continue to be involved in service to others.”
The NNNO is proud to work alongside Shevaun for passage of this bill.