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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Congressman David Wu (OR) To Co-Sponsor HR 4903

(Pictured: Congressman David Wu)

Although the Thomas website is slow in updating the latest list of co-sponsors to HR 4903, the National Nurse Act of 2006, the National Nurse Team is pleased to announce that Congressman David Wu from Oregon is signing on to the bill. Two members of the Team met with Congressman Wu's staff last summer. The Team wishes to thank Congressman Wu and his staff for positively acknowledging the importance of the critical role nurses play in our nation's health care system.

Here is Congressman Wu's statement:

"Currently there are at least 100,000 vacant nursing positions in long-term care facilities and, predictions are that over the next 20 years our nation will be short as many as 400,000 nurses if nothing is done to change current trends. Clearly, we must do all we can to encourage individuals to enter the nursing profession," stated Congressman David Wu. "H.R. 4903, the National Nurse Act of 2006, would provide a good start to addressing the nursing shortage by coordinating education and community outreach efforts on a national level."

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Statement From Representative Peter DeFazio (OR)

(Pictured: Representative Peter DeFazio)

On behalf of the National Nurse Campaign, we thank Representative Peter DeFazio from Oregon for joining the growing list of co-sponsors to HR 4903, The National Nurse Act of 2006.

Here is Congressman DeFazio's statement:

It is long overdue that the U.S. have a national nurse to stand alongside the surgeon general. Nurses have long played an essential role in America's health care system. A national nurse is someone who can help spread the word about health services, who can provide preventive health advice, and who can encourage others to get involved in the profession of nursing.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Illinois Nurse Sends Us This Tip For Wellness

(Pictured: Anne Nowlin)
BLOOD PRESSURE GUIDELINES recommend keeping blood pressure at or below 120/80. The amount of salt in our diets affects our blood pressure. The more salt we eat, the higher our blood pressure and the greater our risk for heart disease, leading to stroke and heart attacks. One way to keep blood pressure at or below 120/80 is by limiting salt intake; fast food, prepackaged foods and decreasing the amount of table salt in our diets.

Anne Nowlin BSN, RN, Illinois


Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure
(JNC 7), NIH publication 04-5230, from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

Chobanin et al, The Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure, Hypertension, 42 (6): 1206 (2003)

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Saturday, March 25, 2006

Learn More About HR 4903-The National Nurse Act of 2006

The What Is Next Speaker Series at Mt Wachusett Community College located in Gardner, Massachusetts continues Friday, March 31 with the appearance of two advocates for an Office of the National Nurse. Starting at 10 a.m. in the Fine Arts Theater, nurses Teri Mills and Alisa Schneider will make their case for the creation of this new position in the federal government. The free event is co-sponsored by MWCC, the Molly Bish Institute for Child Health and Safety and the Deans of Health Programs in Massachusetts Community Colleges. For more information, or to register, contact Gayle Jaillet at (978) 630-9265 or

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Friday, March 24, 2006

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness

(Pictured: Victoria Hawkins DrPh, RN)
Every year nearly one million people in the US develop deep vein thrombosis or DVT (blood clot in a vein) and almost one-third of these cases end in death from complications. (1)

Conditions that can put you at risk for DVT include long-distance air travel, hospitalization for 72 hours or more, pneumonia, advanced age, obesity, varicose veins, hormone therapy, and cancer, as well as a history of previous DVT, stroke, heart failure, emphysema, or inherited conditions that predispose to clots.

The good news is that DVT is preventable. For more information visit Prevent DVT .

(1) Heit JA, Cohen AT. Anderson FA et al on behalf of the VTE Impact Assessment Group. Estimated annual number of incident and recurrent, non-fatal and fatal venous thromboembolism (VTE) events in the US. Poster 68 presented at: American Society of Hematology, 47th Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, December 10-13, 2005.

Submitted by:
Victoria Hawkins, DrPH, RN
Practice Outcomes Nurse Specialist
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Thank You Representative Dale Kildee (MI)

(Pictured: Representative Dale Kildee (MI)

The Honorable Dale Kildee, representing the 5th Congressional District of Michigan, was one of the first to sign on as a co-sponsor of HR 4903, the National Nurse Act of 2006.

Representative Kildee states, "Nurses are vital to providing and maintaining high quality, affordable health care. Increasingly, nurses are the first health care professional patients will see, often providing direct care, explaining diagnoses, preventive measures and treatment methods. An Office of the National Nurse will be a strong, visible advocate for national health priorities and will emphasize the need to recruit and retain nurses to meet the growing demand for care."

The National Nurse Team extends their gratitude to Representative Kildee and his staff for their support.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Writing Your U.S. Representatives

Through the help of a supporter in Woodburn, Oregon and another in Arizona, the National Nurse Team now has images that you can upload on your computer to make postcards that you can mail to your Representative. These can be ordered through Vista Print for a reasonable price.

If you would like to receive the PDF image files for these postcards, please email Don't have a computer, but would be interested in having some postcards mailed to you, let us know.

The Representatives need to hear from the people and hearing from a group of their own constituents is both powerful and convincing.

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Monday, March 20, 2006

Getting The Word Out

(Pictured Lillian Gonzalez, Teri Mills, Alisa Schneider)
One of the National Nurse Team's goals is to educate as many nurses and nursing students as possible about the National Nurse Act of 2006. Lillian Gonzalez will be presenting to a Nevada Chapter of the Student Nurses Association, and Teri and Alisa are heading to Mt. Wachusett Community College next week.

Please call your Representative, tell them you are a constituent supporting HR 4903 and you would like them to co-sponsor this important piece of legislation.

Tell your Representative that a National Nurse focused on mobilizing American nurses throughout the country to educate Americans about wellness makes sense. Here are just a few reasons:

1.The education of nurses focuses on disease prevention and health promotion.
2. With 2.9 million registered nurses in the U.S., nurses comprise the largest sector of healthcare workers in the nation.
3. Public polls rank nurses number one for trust and ethics.
4. As expert healthcare teachers, nurses have vast experience translating technical jargon.
5. Nurses understand the need to involve other healthcare disciplines to ensure positive outcomes for patients.

Remember, you can click on the picture of the capitol to learn who your Representative is along with their contact information. Make the calls today and let's work together to move the bill towards a Committee Hearing. Nursing is about teamwork and this is no different.

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Thursday, March 16, 2006

Health Suggestion To Keep Americans Well

(Pictured: Jane Jeffrie Seley)

A few weeks ago, one of our supporters from Oregon recommended we start modeling what the Office of the National Nurse would do to help keep Americans healthy. Nurses have begun to send us their health tips, and here is one from a nurse from New York, Jane Jeffrie Seley. Jane recently was interviewed by the New York Times for their four part series on type 2 diabetes. Jane's tip demonstrates the type of expertise that the Office of the National Nurse will capture and disseminate to the country. Thank you Jane.

The Diabetes Prevention Program showed us that people who are at high risk for developing diabetes can lower their risk by 58% with diet and exercise. 1 Many of us want to eat less and exercise more, but find it difficult to get started. A simple, effective and inexpensive plan is to wear a pedometer. The pedometer should be worn for several days with usual activity to establish a baseline of the number of steps taken per day. One can then slowly increase the number of steps with the goal of working up to 8,000 to 10,000 steps per day.

1. Knowler WC, et al, for the Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group. Reduction in the incidence of type 2 diabetes with lifestyle intervention or metformin. N Engl J Med. 2002;346:393-403

Jane Jeffrie Seley, GNP, MPH, MSN, CDE
Dianetes Nurse Practitioner
NewYork Presbyterian/Weill Cornell
New York, NY

If you have education you would like to share, please send a concise version (two or three sentences) with your reference, name, title, and state to

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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Representative Earl Blumenauer to Co-Sponsor HR 4903

(Pictured Representative Blumenauer and Teri)

The National Nurse Team wishes to express our gratitude to Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) who became the first co-sponsor of HR 4903-The National Nurse Act of 2006.

Representative Blumenauer introduced "America's Nurse", the op/ed that detailed the proposal for an Office of the National Nurse into Congressional Record on May 26, 2005 and has been instrumental in assisting the National Nurse Team.

Representative Blumenauer commends the National Nurse Team for their diligence in lobbying on the issue and says "The team is an inspiration and proof that citizens really can make a difference. Their dedication leaves me with no doubt that their idea (for an Office of the National Nurse) will eventually come to fruition and I applaud their efforts."

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Blogger listener 
What a great photo!!

And three wOOts for Rep. Blumenauer for co-sponsoring! I hope my Rep will too!!

BTW, wasn't it introduced into the record on May 26th, 2005? The article says 2006.
Anonymous Anonymous 
Hi shadow,

Yep, I'm hoping my representatives and others I contact will support the National Nurse, HR 4903.

The American public always has NURSES advocating for them, but they need this advocavy on a National level.

Anonymous Anonymous 
this is a huge mistake. Not only does it overlook the people actually trained to public educators, is establishes an additional set of priorities which may or may not coincide with Healthy People 2010, our national health agenda. I am all for recruiting new nurses, but doing so by stepping on the toes of other professions will hurt you in the long run.

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Thursday, March 09, 2006


(Pictured left: Representative Lois Capps)

The National Nurse Team is delighted to announce that the bill to establish an Office of the National Nurse has been introduced on the floor of the House of Representatives on March 8th, 2006. The bill is HR 4903 and will be available for viewing in its entirety tomorrow on We all thank Representative Lois Capps (D-CA) and her dedicated staff for introducing this bill during the second session of the 109th session of Congress.

HR 4903 establishes an Office of the National Nurse that will:

1. Involve all Americans in preventive health practices.
2. Complement health services already in place.
3. Establish volunteer national nurse teams to deliver nursing assistance and education to communities in crisis.

There is a lot of work to be done, and many ways you can help.

Contact your elected officials to ask them to support this bill.

1. Here are the telephone numbers and email addresses of your elected Representatives and Senators OR you may call these toll free numbers: 1-877-762-8762, 1-888-723-5246, 1-800-426-8073
2. View this sample letter and phone script.
3. Many of you have expressed interest in visiting your own Congressional Office in person. Tips for successful lobbying are also available.

Help the team raise funds to return to Washington DC to lobby.

1. Click on the "DONATE NOW" button located on the top left corner of the website.
2. Write a check to: National Nursing Network Organization, 20564 SW 98th Court, Tualatin, OR 97062
*** The National Nursing Network Organization is a non-profit corporation, but it is not tax-exempt and therefore, your contributions are not tax deductible.

Help spread the word.

1. Purchase a button or bumper sticker.
2. Invite us to speak at your business meetings, conferences, and conventions.
3. Contact to receive a complementary flyer to post at your workplace.
4. Contact if you are a graphic artist who is willing to donate your talents to update our merchandise.

The National Nurse Team will send out a regular information newsletter next week, including a health tip to keep you and our citizens healthy-a reader suggested this and the team thought it was a great idea to begin modeling what the Office will do.

We have a lot of exciting activities but for now, let us all give the members of Congress something to talk about. Please make your phone calls and write your letters to your elected officials today!

Teri, Alisa, and Terri
The National Nurse Team

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I have sent email to my Rep (Bernie Sanders) AND posted about this on his blog as well.

Since Bernie is a champion for the poor and cares about good healthcare for all, I fully anticipate his support.

Go National Nurse!

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Wednesday, March 01, 2006


The National Nurse Team would like to invite you to sign up to receive our newsletters that update each of you personally about the progress we are making in moving the National Nurse proposal forward in Congress and also the efforts we are making to educate the public about this initiative. You can do this two ways. Either email and request to be on our data base or submit your email in the box located on the right side of this website.

Speaking of newsletters, the National Nurse proposal was recently published by the following organizations: Oregon Student Nurses Association, Vermont Nursing Association, Utah Public Health Administration, and Minnesota Department of Public Health.

Please let us know if you are interested in having an article published in your organization's newsletter. This is a great way to clarify facts about the National Nurse proposal and encourage others to support it as well.

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