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On September 16, I had the wonderful privilege to visit congressional offices with Teri Mills, our indefatigable National Nursing Network Organization (NNNO) leader. H.R. 379 is such a common sense bill that one would think this could be voted out of Congress quickly. Like most initiatives in Congress, however, we worked to educate legislative staff about the merits of this legislation and the potential positive health outcomes that might be reaped by designating the Chief Nurse Officer of the USPHS as the National Nurse for Public Health. I thoroughly enjoyed these visits and spending time with leaders of the NNNO. I remain optimistic that we will see success in this Congress.
"Last week I had the opportunity to join nursing advocates in Washington DC to advocate for the National Nurse Act of 2015. This bill has been endorsed by 110 organizations, including the Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State. The timing for H.R. 379 / S. 1205 has never been better, especially with every elected member of Congress being concerned about the economic burden of chronic, preventable conditions.
It's great that this bill can be implemented without needing to ask for additional funding. Nurses are trusted credible messengers, and designating the Chief Nurse Officer of the PHS as the National Nurse for Public Health will give this nurse leader the prominence, stature, and visibility needed to transmit important health promotion and disease prevention messages to nurses and other health professionals. One nurse touches the lives of many patients and their families each and every day. Multiply this by 3.1 million and we have a prevention network second to none. I teach health policy this term to graduate nursing students and definitely will be sharing this bill and my experience on Capitol Hill with my students."
I was incredibly proud this past week, marching along through the halls of our US Congress, as we lobbied for the National Nurse Act of 2015. I felt empowered knowing that nurses from all over our nation, and worldwide now, armed with their stethoscopes, have unified in efforts to educate the public on what we really do!
The National Nursing Network Organization has been touting this nursing alliance going on 11 years now with the foresight that, 3.1 million strong, nurses can and will transform the health of our nation when given some guidance, some inspiration, and a platform for a true nurse leader.
The National Nurse Act of 2015 can do just that! The vision behind this legislation gives an enhanced and more prominent voice to our Chief Nursing Officer of the United States Public Health Service, a position that already exists but doesn't have a real visible platform to disseminate their important messages. This legislation would help launch the health promotion and disease prevention efforts of the USPHS into our local communities led by nurses united across our nation.
You can see what happens when one nurse speaks up!
As our goal to achieving this law accelerates, contact us to find out how you can help us to keep up the momentum!
"Turbulence is life force. It is opportunity. Let's love turbulence and use it for change." Ramsey Clark