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The National Nursing Network Organization would like to congratulate Rear Admiral (RADM) Sylvia Trent-Adams, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N on her recent appointment to Acting Surgeon General. Prior to her current role, RADM Trent-Adams served as Deputy Surgeon General, and before that as the Chief Nurse Officer of the USPHS from November 2013 through May 2016. RADM Trent-Adams brings experience as a highly qualified and accomplished nurse with a long record of public health advocacy. Throughout her career, she has maintained a strong focus on underserved populations. We are fortunate to benefit from her expertise as a nurse leader and public servant during the process of nomination and confirmation of a Surgeon General.
Out With the Surgeon, In With the Nurse, published last week in Medscape Nurses, describes how this historical appointment came about. Those advocating for the National Nurse Act of 2017 would like to make the National Nurse for Public Health a household name-the same as the Surgeon General.
National Nursing Network Organization President Teri Mills MS, RN, CNE was interviewed for this article. "The National Nurse Act will ensure permanence that the Chief Nurse is designated as the National Nurse for Public Health," she explained. "This increase in stature and visibility will help messages being generated by the Office of the Surgeon General reach the nation's 3.6 million nurses. This cadre of nurses can then disseminate health promotion and prevention messages within their own communities, with the vision being a decrease in health disparities and costly chronic preventable conditions that plague our nation."