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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

National Nurse Act of 2017 Introduced!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 21, 2017

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Releases Statement After Introducing National Nurse Act of 2017

Washington D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Johnson introduced the National Nurse Act of 2017, which would designate the Chief Nurse Officer position of the U.S. Public Health Service as “The National Nurse for Public Health.” Congresswoman Johnson released the following statement describing the importance of the bill:

“The National Nurse Act of 2017 is a common-sense, cost-effective way to improve the health and wellness of all Americans. As a registered non-practicing nurse whose political career began in nursing, I know firsthand how national policy can sometimes fail or inhibit nurses working in the field,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “Therefore, establishing a National Nurse, who would work alongside the Surgeon General, would help advocate for nurses and in turn advance health care for the many Americans who see nurses every day.”

“The National Nurse could focus on the important issues of health promotion, improving health literacy, and decreasing health disparities. Nurses play a critical role in the prevention and management of our nation’s deadliest conditions like diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and opioid addiction. It is my firm belief that establishing a National Nurse for Public Health in America would save so many lives- it is a shame that we have not done so already.”

Key Responsibilities of the National Nurse:

  • Collaborate with the Office of the Surgeon General to identify and address national health priorities;
  • Serve as a visible national spokesperson for engaging nurses in leadership, policy, and prevention efforts;
  • Encourage health professionals to work with community programs to improve health;
  • Increase public safety and emergency preparedness and;
  • Prepare and submit biennial report to Congress on nurses serving in the U.S. Public Health Service.

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U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson is the ranking member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. In addition to the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, she is also a current member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. She has served on this committee since being elected to Congress in 1992 making her the highest- ranking Texan on the committee. As a longtime advocate for improved psychiatric treatment, Congresswoman Johnson co-lead and co-authored H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015, provisions of which were included in the 21st Century Cures Act that was signed into law in December of 2016.

A link to the National Nurse Act of 2017 will be posted at http://nationalnurse.org as soon as this is available. If you would like to receive a copy of the final draft of The National Nurse Act of 2017, please email the NNNO Board.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

NNNO Board Members to Present at Annual Nursing Conference

NNNO President Teri Mills MS, CNE, RN and Vice President Elizabeth McPhee, RN are excited to share the National Nurse Act at the 27th Annual Medical-Surgical Nursing Conference April 7th, 2017 in San Francisco. They will be delivering closing remarks entitled “A National Nurse for Public Health – Trusted Leadership for a Healthier America.” The conference draws participants nationally and internationally.

Are you looking for a speaker at a conference or event? Members of the National Nursing Network organization are available to deliver keynote addresses or present at conferences to share the vital and timely role of a National Nurse for Public Health. For more information, please contact the NNNO Board.

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