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The National Nurse Act of 2019 continues to gain strong momentum and is a testament to the strong grassroots, bipartisan support from across the nation. H.R. 1597 currently has 103 cosponsors from both sides of the political aisle. Congressional members from 33 states, the District of Columbia, and the Northern Mariana Islands have signed on in support. The Senate companion bill, S. 696 has 9 cosponsors.
Endorsers now include 111 national and state nursing organizations, labor, and key stakeholders. Many have written to the NNNO Board and told us that their decisions are often unanimous. One organization to recently endorse the National Nurse Act is the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations (NCEMNA), a unified body advocating for equity and justice in healthcare. NCEMNA is composed of five national ethnic nurse associations; all five have endorsed the National Nurse Act. NCEMNA’s collaboration gives voice to 350,000 minority nurses and to the lived health experience of a constituency marginalized from mainstream health delivery systems. The NNNO is proud to have the support of this esteemed and highly regarded organization.
Those supporting the National Nurse Act realize that with a base of over 4 million professionals in the US, nurses are well positioned to lead improved public health and well-being. The National Nurse for Public Health would provide the visible leadership to guide this momentum in health advocacy. Health conditions linked to high rates of maternal mortality, opioid use disorders, Type 2 diabetes, and outbreaks of previously contained illnesses such as measles pose a threat to the health of Americans and to the financial stability of this county. A National Nurse for Public Health would help pave a clear path toward improved health for our nation.
Every voice makes a difference in supporting a National Nurse for Public Health!