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Thursday, November 30, 2006

American Journal of Nursing-December 2006 Issue

Picture submitted to the AJN-Teri Mills and Alisa Schneider

The National Nursing Network Organization commends the American Journal of Nursing for publishing a story about The Campaign for a National Nurse in the December 2006 issue. This journal reaches over a million readers, including nurses who live abroad and who are now writing the team to find out how they can support the National Nurse proposal.

We appreciate the fact that AJN was willing to let nurses around the country and world know and better understand the premise of this campaign and then be able to come to this website to retrieve information about the proposal and the bill to decide for themselves if this is something worthwhile that they would like to support.

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Sunday, November 26, 2006

Thank You Congressman Joe Baca

Pictured: Congressman Baca

I am proud to co-sponsor H.R. 4903 to establish the Office of the National Nurse. This legislation will help address important challenges to America’s public health system.

Nurses are a vital but often underappreciated part of our health care team. We must do more to recognize their dedication, skill, and compassion. Recruiting the best young people our country has to offer and enhancing nurse education will help boost the profession and improve public health in communities throughout the country.

I believe that nursing is a noble calling. Through my years of public service, I have heard hundreds of stories of the amazing work done by America’s nurses. It is our duty to create a future in which this legacy can continue.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

From A Concerned Citizen

Pictured: Julie Ide

I am a concerned citizen that strongly supports the establishment of the Office of National Nurse and HR 4903. Recently our family has experienced, first-hand, the effects of the national nursing shortage as we faced serious health issues for both my mother and my husband's father. It is essential that we, as a country, increase the visibility of nurses and teach their value to our society. This is how we will attract new people to this vital profession. HR 4903 does this by placing a qualified nurse in a position of national prominence. The National Nurse will promote health-care prevention -- an area neglected in our current health care infrastructure. And, importantly, nurses from across the country will form a built-in network -- available for national emergencies and ongoing health information dissemination and instruction. Please support this important legislation.

Julie Ide
McLean, Virginia

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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Thank You Congressman Donald Payne (NJ)

Congressman Payne's statement:
As we work to meet the challenge of providing quality and affordable health care for all of our communities, it is important that we recognize the vital role that nurses play in delivering key health care services. That is why I am proud to join as a cosponsor of the National Nurse Act, legislation that would create an Office of the National Nurse.

In discussing health-related issues with constituents throughout my Congressional District, I often encounter patients who tell me what a critical difference a nurse has made in their lives or the lives of a loved one. Nursing is a profession that requires not only medical training, but also the ability to soothe those in their care. Whether caring for patients in hospitals, administering home health care, providing services to schools, or managing corporate health programs, nurses are skilled professionals who make an enormous contribution to the health of our nation.

By establishing an Office of the National Nurse, we can accomplish a number of significant goals, from drawing attention to national health priorities to helping address the need for more nurses in our health care system. When Congress reconvenes, I will continue urging my colleagues to join me in supporting this important legislation.

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Monday, November 13, 2006

Thank You Congressman Tom Davis

Pictured: Congressman Davis

"I am pleased to be a cosponsor of H.R. 4903, the National Nurses Act of 2006. Encouraging individuals to enter the nursing profession and ensuring that the United States has a sufficient number of nurse educators is of the utmost importance to the health of our country."

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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Thank You Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL)

Pictured: Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

I am proud to be a cosponsor of H.R. 4903, the National Nurse Act, introduced by my colleague Representative Lois Capps. As a nurse, Rep. Capps has brought her expertise and commitment to quality and comprehensive patient care with her to Congress and to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where we serve together.

Our health care system is broken. Too many Americans cannot afford the care they need, and too often the care is of poor quality. According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), 98,000 Americans die every year in hospitals from preventable causes. The IOM has also said that nurses are critical to success in quality improvement initiatives, that how we are cared for by nurses affects our health, and sometimes can be a matter of life and death--- nurses are indispensable to our safety.

There is no question that nurses will play an increasing role in health care delivery in the future. And well they should. Nurses provide expert, compassionate, and cost-effective care to their patients.

We must attract more students to nursing and expand the faculties needed to train them. We need to address understaffing, mandatory overtime, workplace injury rates and other problems that result in nurses leaving the profession. We should create the Office of the National Nurse so that we have an established mechanism to address those issues, to mobilize nurses around public health needs, and to incorporate the views of nurses in health care reform efforts. That is why I support the National Nurse Act and will work with Rep. Capps to win its enactment.

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Health Care for All

Pictured: Kim Baller

As a member of the Oregon Nurses Association, I support the establishment of an Office of the National Nurse. The integrative, holistic character of nursing education provides a unique perspective on the complicated, patchwork mix of private insurance and government programs that comprise our current health care system.

1 in 6 people in Oregon and 15.7 percent of the American population have no health insurance. Instead of dividing us into the haves and have-nots, health care coverage should be extended to all. With the National Nurse Teams in place, every member of the community will have equal access to the free educational programs on prevention.

Kim Baller, RN BSN
Portland, Oregon

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Friday, November 03, 2006

Food Front Co-op Grocery Writes Letter of Support to Senator Ron Wyden (OR)

The Honorable Senator Ron Wyden
1220 SW 3rd Avenue Suite 585
Portland, OR 97204

Dear Senator Wyden,

As President of the Board of Directors of Food Front Cooperative Grocery, I am writing to you to urge that you introduce the companion bill to HR 4903, the National Nurse Act of 2006 as early as possible in the 110th Congress.

I and the other board members see the value of this proposed Office of the National Nurse as:

Focusing Americans on preventive health practices.
Reducing health care costs through prevention and education.
Providing a trusted unified source for people to consult when considering options for addressing their wellness needs.
Continuing the collaborative work nurses do with physicians and other health care providers in individual settings on a community and national level.
Developing National Nurse teams to serve as experienced medical volunteers in emergency situations.
Demonstrating the value of education as an important intervention to help decrease health care costs.
Attracting nurses to become educators by demonstrating teaching in action.

Food Front is a consumer cooperative working to build sustainable communities and a healthier world. The proposal for a National Nurse is in line with our mission. With so large a need for future nurses, having a single national office supporting the role of nurses is critical. Nurses and nursing education efficiently promote the future health and well being of our nation. The establishment of an Office of National Nurse could be a very useful tool in strengthening our important nursing work force in addition to helping to keep all Americans healthy.

Jan Wichert, President
Food Front Cooperative Grocery Board of Directors

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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Thank You Congressman Patrick Kennedy (RI)

Pictured: Congressman Kennedy

"I am pleased to be a co-sponsor of H.R. 4903. It is critical that this country have a National Nurse to increase public awareness of our health care crisis. We. must make a national commitment to public health care. If we do not make these necessary investments today, we will be required to pay far more tomorrow."

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