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Two recent issues of Working Nurse (April 6-May 4 and June 8-July 13th) contained informative articles about H.R. 379, The National Nurse Act of 2015. The first article, National Nurse for Public Health, includes a synopsis of the duties that will be performed by the Chief Nurse Officer of the USPHS who will be designated as the National Nurse for Public Health. The latter describes the progress for the bill, including introduction of the Senate companion bill (S. 1205) by Senator Jeff Merkley (OR-D) and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (WV-R) in May.
Thank you to Dean Janie Heath PhD, APRN-BC, FAAN for sending a letter to the editor of the Lexington Herald-Leader (Kentucky) in support of the National Nurse Act. Dr. Heath's piece, Nurses in forefront of health care reform, emphasizes the role that nurse leaders are taking in society to ensure that we all live longer, stronger, and healthier lives. She praises Senators Merkley and Capito for taking initiative to introduced bipartisan legislation for a National Nurse for Public Health.
Dr. Heath states, "We are the largest health profession, over 3.2 million registered nurses strong, and we stand positioned to provide a uniting national voice to transform the lives of our patients, families, communities and systems. Now more than ever, we have a responsibility to promote prevention, help improve outcomes and guide local, state and national initiatives to address our most pressing and challenging health problems."