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Friday, October 27, 2006

Nursing's Future Speaks Out!

Here are several statements of support for the National Nurse Act of 2006 from nursing students who are attending Mt. Wachusett Community College in Gardner, Massachusetts.

From Jessica Alejandro:
I strongly agree with the National Nurse Act because I believe that education makes people aware of the importance of ways to stay well. In this case I believe that the registered nurse that is given this responsibility should be able to teach the importance of diseases that are high risk for the community. Also I believe that the registered nurse assigned to this duty should be able to make sure that the hospitals in the state of Massachusetts are staffed correctly, safety is performed for all patients and that patients are cared for appropriately in a timely fashion. I also believe the community needs education as to what the role of a nurse is and to encourage others to enter the nursing profession.

From Janet Andrews:
I strongly support the bill for a National Nurse. I feel that we need a strong voice from a nurse leader. The nation is in high demand for nurses, education is at risk because there isn't enough nursing instructors to teach the upcoming nurses, and our people need to be informed, taught and continually educated on ways to stay well. With such a demand for nurses, it leaves our country at risk for disease, unnecessary mistakes in health care, and high health care costs. Additionally, people are living longer and the need is only going to continue to rise for prevention and nurses. It is beneficial for our elected officials to sign this bill and support this incredibly important issue at hand.

From Carrie Babineau:
I support the bill for The Office of the National Nurse. Speaking not only for myself, but also for many others that would be comforted in knowing there is someone out there looking out for your health. A nurse to bring important health issues into the light. A lot of people would benefit from this.
I also believe that this bill will help with the nurse shortage we are currently facing. It would encourage people to enter the nursing field and enlighten people on how important this practice really is. When I read about HR 4903 I signed the petition and have since passed it on to friends and family to sign it as well. I am now an advocate for this bill and will be monitoring its progress.

From Sammy Barfield:
I would like to state that I fully support the Office of the National Nurse (H.R. 4903). This very important act would help to raise awareness of health issues and promote good health through education, not only in our own communities, but across the country. As you are aware, the population is aging, which is putting an additional strain on an already stretched health care system. By campaigning and recruiting more individuals like my classmates and I, the Office of the National Nurse would play a big role in helping to supply a vital demand of health care
professionals. I have proudly added my name to the petition and hope to see this Bill passed through Congress uncontested.

From Belinda Bedele:
As a Certified Nursing Assistance (CNA) and a nursing student, I join in support of the National Nurse Act. A National Nurse Office would draw attention to the nursing profession, and help to raise the level of professionalism. Hopefully this would encourage more women and men to become nurses and ease the nursing shortage in our nation.
Creating a National Nurse Office within the Office of Public Health and Science will not only encourage individuals to enter the nursing profession, but it will serve to improve the state of healthcare with the help of nurses. Nurses are the core of the patient education system.

From Altagracia Celado:
I strongly support the office of National Nurse. There is already a shortage of nurses in our country and this shortage will become even more critical as our baby-boomers advance in age and require extra care. One of the key roles of the Office of the National Nurse is to increase public awareness and encourage quality individuals to enter the nursing profession.
In addition, a coordinated, focused and systematic media program managed by the Office of the National Nurse will help highlight national health priorities in a way that will surely generate national attention. This will encourage our lawmakers to create and implement legislation that will more successfully combat disease and improve public health.

From Donna Dion
I wholly support the National Nurse. In the spring of 2006, I was fortunate to attend the seminar which was held at Mt. Wachusett explaining the position, and why it would be so beneficial. I willingly signed a petition letter at that time. Being in the practical nursing program, I am even more supportive of the position. I am learning how valuable a nurse can be concerning awareness and educating the public on maintaining a healthy lifestyle by practicing preventative measures. I believe the nurse-patient relationship has become more important than the doctor-patient relationship. Most doctors are only concerned with curing the patient, while nurses are concerned with the whole person. To say that a nurse is a collaborator, educator, caregiver and a delegator gives grounds to why a National Nurse would significantly benefit this nation. The last sentence of the petition supporting the Office of the National Nurse states; The time has come for the Office of the National Nurse because nurses are health care expert--the backbone of the health care system in the United States. Every time I read that sentence, I get goose bumps.

From Anne W Franceschi:
I am a Mount Wachusett Community Nursing practical student at the Devens campus. Having worked in healthcare for many years, and as an upcoming LPN, I truly support HR 4903, a bill to establish an Office of the National Nurse because nurses will have one voice to address issues of high-burnout in the nursing profession.

From Lisa Jahn:
My position on the Office of the National Nurse is that I support it because the nations health is declining and it is a necessity to turn that around. The public needs more than pamphlets; they need to be taught how to change so they can benefit from a healthier lifestyle and prevent disease. I also feel that the working conditions have to change to make healthcare safer for the patient and nurse. HR 4903 is a great step-up for the nursing profession.

From Irene Katongole:
I personally agree with the Office of the National Nurse. Nursing is one of the professions that are under-represented. By having an Office of the National Nurse, nurses will have clear representation at the national level. This will help nurses have nationwide advocacy for issues regarding the nursing as a whole. Furthermore, the Office of the National Nurse will oversee other issues related to promotion of the health and well being of the community. By having such an Office, it will provide the opportunity for the nation to have nurses who are knowledgeable about matters regarding health providing suggestions and solutions to problems.

From Pat Kuria:
As a future nurse I strongly support the bill to establish the Office of the National Nurse that will carry out activites to promote public health. These will include empowering the public with the necessary knowledge to lead a healthy life, and improving the quality of life that has been undermined by preventative diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. These diseases are crippling our nation's health due to lack of an office that empowers the public with preventative measures to curb them. The duties of the Office of the National Nurse are very noble and indicate that we need all the help we can get from the government to amend the Public Health Service Act.

From Candice Leigher:
I support the Office of the National Nurse. I believe that if it works the way it is stated it would be of great benefit to everyone nation wide. The bill, HR 4903, would help not only patients and the general public but also nursing staff. Someone who understands the scope of nursing and how much effect nurses have on the community would make a huge difference in improving the nation's overall health. Education is a large part in the prevention of diseases. This bill would also allow grant money to be used for education. All in, all I think this bill is a brilliant idea.

From Rachel Malliet:
The reason I support HR 4903 is because the public needs to have the education and knowledge of knowing how to take care of their loved ones, or themselves if illness should occur. I believe that the lack of nurses in hospitals, nursing homes and other medical facilities puts patients in high risk for medication errors, poor care and less education to stay well because of unfortunate limited time and staff.
Safety is a major factor in nursing and it should be a priority. It is the nurse's responsibility to make sure we educate our patients during medication administration and to be able to feel good about giving that time and teaching to someone. Everyone deserves quality care and it is impossible to provide this care when you have one nurse with 10-20 patients apiece.
The need for nurses is a continuous battle and will be for a lifetime. Therefore, the need for teachers in nursing is a priority so that students can get the proper education they need in order to instruct their patients, friends and family to stay healthy.
With the National Nurse Act of 2006, we can have a safe environment and provide the care our public deserves.

From Guiriana Meunier:
I agree with the establishment of the National Nurse because the National Nurse can help promote the nursing profession by encouraging more individuals to become nurses. The National Nurse can contribute to the commitment of fighting deadly diseases, and increase public health awareness, as well as promoting healthier lifestyles. The National Nurse office can be a useful tool for nursing students. The National Nurse can encourage nurses to become educators in order for more prospective students to have the chance of entering the program sooner instead of waiting. I believe having more nurses will help reduce the staffing issues the current nurses are facing today.

From Catherine Migwi:
The Office of the National Nurse aims at informing the public on health promotion and prevention on a community-based level. The community will be taught in a manner and language that will be understood by all. Ways to prevent or better manage diseases of national concern (e.g., diabetes, obesity, cancer, heart disease) will be taught to all by nurses who are trusted by people since they are considered to be honest and ethical professionals. Prevention is the best way to lower health care costs. Teaching the community on these health issues will decrease the dependence on the current expensive and sometimes inaccessible health care system. Putting a spotlight on what a nurse does may attract individuals to the profession thus helping address the nursing shortage expected in 2020. This Office has made it clear that it will not aim to replace the Surgeon General or other nurse leaders. Furthermore, it will not portray itself as the only one national nursing message. Instead, it will collaborate with all these other parties to create a holistic approach to solve issues in health care.
Even though the National Nurse will not get to the bottom of all the country's health care problems, I believe this Office will improve the situation. I strongly support this office.

From Josphat Mwangi:
I strongly support the establishment of an Office of the National Nurse. Having been in the health-care industry for a while, and currently a nursing student, I feel that such an office would be of great benefit to the whole nation. With the current shortage of nurses, I feel that having a National Nurse would inspire more and more people to join the nursing profession. I hope and pray that we will have a National Nurse in the very near future.

From Evelyn Nabiswa:
I support this Office because I believe it will increase and promote public health education in our country and therefore improve individual lives. Nurses are professionals who are in a position to deliver educational messages to the public on disease prevention and care of the whole individual, through media campaigns and community based projects. Osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer, hypertension and diabetes are diseases that can be prevented if an individual is aware of the early warning signs. This Office will also be able to overcome nursing shortages by encouraging individuals to join the nursing profession and striving to retain the ones who are already in it. The Office will help to increase federal funding for nurse education programs and in turn increase the number of qualified nurses.

From Sabra Perkins:
It is my opinion that the Office of the National Nurse is an exceptional idea. I believe that our health care system is currently trapped in a downhill spiral. Each year more and more Americans become increasingly unhealthy and the majority of these health problems are preventable. We need someone in Washington who understands the growing issues such as shortages of healthcare workers. Furthermore, educating the public on health prevention ought to be a priority and the Office of the National Nurse would address this and many other problems. I have signed a petition for HR 4903 and will encourage all my friends and relatives to do so as well.

From Frank Rurua:
The National Nurse Act (HR 4903) bill is a brilliant idea and I am writing in support because when it comes to health care, nurses are on the front line. They are highly valued and trusted by the public and are in a position to deliver helpful messages to the patient or public, about ways to improve health and prevent diseases. However, there are so many people who never get the chance to receive this useful information, either because programs are inaccessible or because they are expensive. Therefore, the Office of the National Nurse will make these informational programs available to everyone on a free basis to promote good health. Being healthy also matters to corporations. Unhealthy people become a liability when they are unable to work thus and also are disease is costly to treat. Moreover, this Office will help to attract crucially needed nurses by educating the public about this profession. I am convinced that this Office will be of tremendous help to this nation on all matters relating to health care and I will continue to spread and advocate for HR 4903 among my friends and colleagues.

From Andrea P. Sargent:
I strongly support the Office of the National Nurse. The health of our nation is rapidly declining due to the increase of many, unnecessary diseases. Our country currently is not properly educated in ways of preventative health measures and I firmly believe that the appointment of a National Nurse will change this unfortunate situation by educating the nation in ways to prevent these illnesses from spreading and decrease the occurrence of them. I hope that everyone who is aware of this Bill will support it. I have already advised my family and friends regarding the Office of the National Nurse and hope that they too will support this important appointment.

From Donna Stanley:
I am in support of having a National Nurse. I definitely think the public would benefit by this. The big problem out there right now is that people are simply not educated enough. By the time individuals realize something is wrong there disease has progressed and they have a much bigger problem. Also, I believe that it would keep health care costs down. It is a lot cheaper to treat something in the very beginning than it would than it would be in the late stages of disease.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Coming Friday to ABC Radio-Satellite Sisters Interview National Nurse Team

Please plan to tune in to your ABC Radio Station this coming Friday, October 27th at 10:30 am PST (1:30 pm EST) to hear the live interview with Teri, Alisa, and the five Dolan sisters-Julie, Liz, Sheila, Monica, and Lian as they discuss HR 4903, the bill to create an Office of the National Nurse and the grassroots campaign to see its passage through the United States Congress.

The Satellite Sisters' motto Not every conversation will change your life, but any conversation can inspires the National Nurse Team and supporters to continue their quest to make sure every American receives education through national and statewide nursing leadership to make choices that will lead to healthy living.

One of the sisters, Monica, is a registered nurse who lives in Portland, Oregon, and reportedly saw the article about the National Nurse Act of 2006 in the Oregonian.

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Sunday, October 22, 2006

National Nurse Legislation Update

Case In Point published a feature story about the National Nurse Campaign in its fall edition. This is in a PDF file, so you will need to download the entire journal to be able to read the story, but it is worth the wait.

While there is a great picture of the National Nurse Team with Representative Lois Capps, the original sponsor of HR 4903, the article features a picture of a nursing cap on top of an American flag surrounded by a purple stethoscope. The team wants to assure the public that men in nursing have made great contributions to the profession, and while the nurse's cap remains a symbol of the profession, it leaves out many of our most important members.

This brings the team to another point of discussion. A few of you have written and would like to see some different and more serious merchandise used for promotional materials about the National Nurse. Do you have a particular idea or picture in mind or do you know a graphic artist who would be willing to donate time to make this happen?

The logo on this website has been a huge hit, and the same goes for the Support Your National Nurse bumper stickers. Along those lines, what else do you envision as being representative of all nurses and our contributions to the public's health?

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Friday, October 20, 2006

Thank You Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA)

Pictured: Congresswoman Sanchez

"I have been a vocal supporter for a number of years in trying to increase the number of Americans who choose nursing as a career. In addition to cosponsoring H.R. 4903, I have also introduced the Nurse Loan Forgiveness Act since 2003 to try to create incentives to draw people to nursing.

I received several phone calls from nurses in my congressional district asking me to cosponsor this bill. Since thousands of bills are introduced each year, awareness of every bill is difficult. It is important that people take the time to lobby their representatives about legislation that is important to them. Change in government begins with grassroots action and I applaud all of those who took time to contact my office and staff."

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Monday, October 16, 2006

National Nurse Campaign Makes Front Page

Pictured: National Nurse Team with Rep. Lois Capps (CA)

The National Nurse campaign is the feature story this week for the on-line version of ADVANCE For Nurses. Titled Grassroots Movement-Congressional support continues to grow for the creation of an Office of the National Nurse, the author begins by quoting Margaret Mead--Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Pictured: National Nurse Team with Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX)

It is especially noteworthy that all three nurses in Congress are supportive of the efforts to establish an Office of the National Nurse and have signed on to the bill, with Congresswoman Lois Capps as the original sponsor of HR 4903, the National Nurse Act of 2006.

Pictured: National Nurse Team with Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (NY)

Please read this interesting first hand view of the National Nurse Campaign and learn how all three nurses in Congress began their careers in Congress.

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Friday, October 13, 2006

National Nurse Bumper Sticker Sited

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Last Friday, a member of the National Nurse Team received a call from a supporter in California, who reported she had seen a Support Your National Nurse bumper sticker while stuck in Bay Area traffic on her way home from work.

Please help spread the word in your home town about the National Nurse Act by purchasing a bumper sticker for yourself and another for a friend at Cafe Press.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Thank You Congressman Maurice Hinchey (NY)

Pictured: Congressman Maurice Hinchey

"I hold nurses in the highest esteem. Nurses are likely to be the first medical profession a patient comes into contact with at a hospital or a doctor's office, and the last medical professional he or she sees before they leave. In between, it is the nurse who will monitor the patient's needs, vital signs and quality of care, and it's the nurse who will notice if something's going wrong. When a patient leaves a hospital, it's the care of a nurse that he or she will remember.

"But the practice of nursing is threatened today -- by stressful working conditions, by a massive nursing shortage, by an aging workforce, and by a dearth of nurse educators to train the next generation of professionals. I have worked hard in Congress to raise awareness of these very serious issues, but I believe that the establishment of an Office of the National Nurse, a position on par with the Office of the Surgeon General, is needed to truly bring these issues to the forefront. I am proud to offer my support for H.R. 4903."

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Monday, October 09, 2006

National Nurse Act Makes Front Page

Pictured: Alisa Schneider, Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Teri Mills
Congressman Blumenauer addressed the International Downtown Association's annual conference last Sunday in Portland, Oregon, describing the many ways transportation and livability of a city are interconnected. He is a cosponsor of HR 4903 and states the National Nurse team is creating quite a stir in Washington DC.

Today's Oregonian featured a front page story about the National Nurse Act of 2006. The article was titled An Oregon nurse has a way to care for all Americans.

Here are a few excerpts of the article:

"It was only 17 months ago, on May 20, 2005, that Mills described her idea in a column published on The New York Times' Op-Ed page. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., saw the column and entered it in the Congressional Record, where it gathered more interest."

"That's why a national nurse, assisted by groups of local nurses, makes sense for a health education program, Mills said. Nurses are the largest health care work force in the country, she said, and they are a trusted profession. They already explain how to take medicine prescribed by a physician, how to continue care at home after leaving the hospital and, she said, they usually are the ones who take the time to listen to patients with questions or concerns about their health."

"The Capps bill has gained an unusually large number of co-sponsors for first-time legislation, said Emily Kryder, the congresswoman's press secretary. Nevertheless, legislation usually is introduced several times before winding through the committee process and the Senate to become law, she said. The bill probably won't pass in the lame-duck session after the November elections, but Capps expects to reintroduce the proposal in 2007, Kryder said."

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Friday, October 06, 2006

Thank You Congressman Steny Hoyer (MD)

Pictured: Congressman Steny Hoyer

"Creating an Office of the National Nurse would help improve the health of all Americans through preventative care, increased public awareness about health care issues, and by raising the profile of the nursing profession.

Nurses are among our finest public servants and we should be doing everything in our power to recruit and retain the best and the brightest. I am proud to join with Congresswoman Capps in supporting this effort to strengthen public health, reduce costs, and reverse the current nursing shortage."

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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

America Needs to Get Better Too

Pictured: David Salie

When most of us think of nurses, we picture a warm bedside manner, a friendly, professional voice and touch at a time when we ourselves or a loved one is ill, anxious, or in discomfort. To me, nurses practice at their best when their manner reminds me of how my Mom cared for me when I was sick in bed as a child: Caring and gentle as they nurse you to wellness, and always reminding you that your most important job right now is to "get better." Well, America needs to get better too.

Nurses help us relieve pain, ease discomfort, get well and stay healthy. Imagine having a corps of health professionals on call 24/7, whose job was to help Americans stay well. Having an Office of the National Nurse would put a much needed public face on our national public health system and could help us set a national agenda to eat better, exercise more, and stay healthier longer. Nurses are true heroes. I support the bill that will create the Office of the National Nurse because it will be a very effective way to increase the value that these everyday heroes can bring to all Americans.

David Salie
Washington DC
Founder of Visit , the internet resource for grassroots campaigns and causes to engage supporters, train activists, and raise funds.

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