Writer Laura Stokowski claims in an article written for Medscape
that nurses are not likely suspects to be involved in the political process stating most prefer to focus their attention on caring for patients at the bedside. Stokowski goes on to say,
It is all the more amazing, then, that nurses, without the aid of professional lobbyists and with virtually no budget, launched a thriving grassroots campaign to create an Office of the National Nurse for America. Thus far, the campaign has led to the introduction in 2006 of a National Nurse bill in the House of Representatives and a great deal of interest among elected legislators. At the close of the 2006 legislative session, the bill had bipartisan support with 42 members of Congress signing on as cosponsors, a remarkable achievement.Click here
to read the full article.
Many of you may be looking at the National Nurse website for the very first time and may want more information about the efforts to legislate an Office of the National Nurse. Please read the proposal
that members of the National Nursing Network Organization submitted to Congress.HR 4903
, The National Nurse Act of 2006 received the co-sponsorship of 42 members of Congress.
Pictured: Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ)
Congressman Frank Pallone (NJ-6) who now chairs the House Health Subcommittee where a new bill will most likely be sent, provided this statement in June 2006:
"It is my honor to co-sponsor HR 4903, the National Nurse Act. Access to reliable health care is the most important factor in determining a person's quality of life, and this care can not be provided without dedicated nurses. America's nearly 3 million nurses work each and every day to ensure patients receive accurate health information and the best care possible. By establishing an Office of the National Nurse, our nation's nurses will receive a strong federal advocate for their vital field, and all Americans will benefit from increased access to information about getting and staying healthy. I hope more young Americans will find this new office inspires them to join the profession of nursing and become trusted patient allies in the growing health care field."
This has been and will always be a grassroots campaign and there are many ways that you can become involved:
1. Submit your email to receive the weekly emailed newsletters. They are free and provide you an update with the progress and activities surrounding the campaign.
2. Email Teri
to receive a free poster and/or visit Cafe Press
to purchase a button or bumper sticker to increase awareness about the effort to establish an Office of the National Nurse.
3. Sign the on line petition
to show your support.
4. Join the $20 campaign. If you make a $20 donation either on line (or you mail email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn where to send a check) a certificate in your honor, just like the one at the top of this post, will be placed into a packet that will be delivered to your member of Congress in support of a National Nurse. We will also send you an identical certificate in the mail. The National Nurse is a 501 C-4 and has been established as a legislative advocacy corporation, therefore, your contributions are not tax deductible.
5. If you have an interest in writing about the proposal to establish an Office of the National Nurse or you are a graduate or undergraduate nursing student choosing this as your class project, please send us an email also.
6. Share your ideas, suggestions, and opinions!! They matter and are often integrated into future endeavors.
The time is always right to do what is right.
Martin Luther King
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Tuesday, February 13, 2007