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In her article published in Elite Learning titled “A Clarian Call for Nurses to Join Forces with the National Nurse for Public Health,” NNNO Board Member, Anne Llewellyn, MS, BHSA, RN-BC, CCM, CRRN synthesizes the critical role of a National Nurse for Public Health. Llewellyn underscores how a National Nurse for Public Health would guide efforts targeting social determinants of health to better address root causes of chronic illness. “The National Nurse Act of 2019 is a way for nurses to lead a sea change and address many of the issues contributing to the challenges the country is facing in healthcare,” states Llewellyn.
Llewellyn calls upon nurses and other healthcare professionals who have questions or concerns and the National Nurse Act to evaluate the simple, unifying language of the legislation. Llewellyn cogently summarizes, “Nurses are the backbone of the healthcare system, and together we can do so much. Isn’t it time that nurses used their voice to advocate for the cornerstone of our practice–health promotion and prevention- regardless of our educational background, practice setting, or specialty?” Under the bill, the Chief Nurse Officer retains their current role and responsibilities. The recognition as a National Nurse for Public Health will enhance nursing leadership while supporting the entire multidisciplinary USPHS structure.