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Organizational support for the National Nurse Act of 2015 continues to grow and now stands at 112 endorsing bodies.
Thank you to the American Nurses Association\California for their endorsement of S. 1205 and H.R. 379, The National Nurse Act of 2015. ANA\C represents 4,500 nurses in California and the National Nursing Network Organization is proud to have their full support for this legislation.
The NNNO is also pleased to have the support of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees AFL-CIO (AFSCME) for The National Nurse Act of 2015. Here is the letter that was recently sent to Senator Jeff Merkley:
Dear Senator Merkley:
On behalf of the 1.6 million members of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees AFL-CIO (AFSCME), including more than 60,000 nurses, I am writing in support of the National Nurse Act of 2015 (S. 1205). Your bill would enhance the critical role nursing occupies in our country’s health care infrastructure by establishing a National Nurse for Public Health.
Preventing illness and promoting health across our nation is urgently needed as more than half of Americans are living with one or more serious, chronic diseases ranging from type 2 diabetes to cancer. If unchecked, the current trend in chronic conditions will put today’s children on a course to be the first generation in our country’s history to live shorter, less healthy lives than their parents. While many resources and coordinated initiatives at the federal and local level are needed to address this crisis, a National Nurse for Public Health will strengthen capacity at the federal level.
We thank you for introducing this legislation and for your attention to public health and the role of vital public health nurses.
Director of Federal Government Affairs