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Friday, April 27, 2007

Thank You Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther

Pictured: Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther

Thank you Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther who introduced K367, memorializing the Congress of the United States to encourage the effort to create an Office of the National Nurse, into the New York State Assembly on March 26, 2007. The bill amassed 50 sponsors before it was sent to the floor of the Assembly and adopted unanimously by all voting members.

The National Nursing Network Organization and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther's office has put out the following press release:

New York Assemblywoman Brings Oregon Nurse’s Vision For National Nurse One Big Step Forward

The New York Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution Wednesday encouraging the Congress of the United States to create an Office of the National Nurse.

New York Assemblywoman and nurse Aileen Gunther (District 98) brought Oregon nurse Teri Mills’ vision to create the office a big step forward with Resolution K367.

"Nurses work to keep patients healthy through preventive, proactive care," Gunther said. "A National Nurse would serve as a valuable counterpart to the U.S. Surgeon General to help raise awareness of preventive health issues while providing community outreach. In addition, there is currently a shortage of nurses in the U.S. and a National Nurse would inspire more young Americans to enter the nursing profession."

Efforts to create an Office of the National Nurse began on May 20, 2005, the day the New York Times published America’s Nurse, authored by Mills. The intent of the Office of the National Nurse is to focus Americans on health rather than sickness. Working with state-level coordinators and teams of nurse volunteers from around the nation, a recognized and trusted National Nurse will regularly deliver messages about key health issues to the public and serve as an effective complement to the Office of the Surgeon General.

“This grassroots campaign has energized nurses to become involved in the political process for the first time," Mills said. "Creating a National Nurse is a goal that has united all nurses regardless of specialty, educational background or experience.”

Thus far, the campaign has led to the introduction in 2006 of a National Nurse bill in the House of Representatives by Rep. Lois Capps (CA-23), 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 for legislation introduced for the first time.

The Office of the National Nurse would improve the nation’s health through education designed to reduce risks posed by preventable conditions such as poor diet and sedentary lifestyle.

“Who better than nurses to step into this void and educate Americans about unhealthy behaviors in a manner that is more immediate, accessible, and comprehensible than ever before,” Mills said. “With Nurses Week right around the corner (May 6-12) Assemblywoman Gunther has given nurses a booster shot, acknowledging that what we do is indeed valued by the American public. A National Nurse will not only be a leader for prevention, this individual will also serve to elevate the nursing profession and attract others at a time when our country is facing a dire shortage of nurses.”

Assembly Resolution No. 367

BY: M. of A. Gunther

MEMORIALIZING the Congress of the United States to encourage the effort to create an Office of the National Nurse

WHEREAS, Nurses are crucial to the promotion of preventive care and the caring of the whole person; and

WHEREAS, Nurses are highly valued and trusted by the public, and are often in a position to deliver educational messages to the public about ways to improve their health and prevent disease; and

WHEREAS, There is a serious effort to create an Office of the National Nurse; and

WHEREAS, The National Nurse would act to raise awareness of health issues and promote good health through education and community outreach; and

WHEREAS, The National Nurse would serve as an effective complement to the existing United States Office of the Surgeon General; and

WHEREAS, The Office of the National Nurse would also provide input at the public policy table on a number of valuable initiatives, such as: providing weekly broadcasts for the media and the internet to promote health; increasing the number of nurse educators; facilitating the deployment of nurses to under-served areas; creating a National Nurse Corps to deliver nursing assistance and education to communities, particularly communities in crisis; and

WHEREAS, The New York State Assembly represents many thousands of nurses and nurse educators across the State; and

WHEREAS, HR 4903 was introduced on March 8th, 2006, in the House of Representatives by Congresswoman Lois Capps, a nurse representing the 23rd district of California following the publication of America’s Nurse authored by Teri Mills in the New York Times; and

WHEREAS, HR 4903 gained bi-partisan support with 42 members of the House of Representatives signed on to the bill; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the Congress of the United States be and hereby is respectfully memorialized by the Legislative Body to encourage the effort to create an Office of the National Nurse embodied in legislation such as HR 4903 and help promote passage of legislation such as HR 4903; and be it further

RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be transmitted to the President of the Senate of the United States, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and to each member of the Congress of the United States from the State of New York.

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Monday, April 23, 2007

Back On Capitol Hill

Update: On Wednesday, April 25, 2007, Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA, Host/Producer of Health in 30™ and Nurses in Motion™ with Scribe Media has invited Keith Olsen, BA, RN and Edie Brous, JD, RN to be guests on the show, Nurses in Motion™, to talk about the proposal to create an Office of the National Nurse. A videostream of the program will be made available after filming, and as soon as it is, the National Nursing Network Organization will make the link available on this website.

Pictured: Susan Sullivan, Alisa Schneider, The Honorable Lois Capps (CA-23), Teri Mills

Thanks to the generosity of supporters, seven members of the National Nurse Team were able to return to Capitol Hill the end of last month. Packets including donor certificates were delivered to 39 Congressional offices. Meetings were held with the staff of 14 members of the House of Representatives. It was also an honor to meet with RADM Chief Nurse Officer of the USPHS Carol Romano, Chief of Staff to the Surgeon General Robert Williams, Chair of the Nursing Professional Advisory Committee of the USPHS CAPT David Kelly, and Fellow to the Office of the Surgeon General Mary Beth Bigley.

Team members were encouraged and heard time and time again that creating an Office of the National Nurse to complement the efforts of the Surgeon General and assist with the delivery of the prevention message was a good idea, that we are on the right track, and that that we should proceed forward.

Pictured: Keith Olsen, Edie Brous, Julie Ide, Susan Sullivan, Nils Tillstrom (Legislative Assistant to Congressman David Wu (OR-01), Alisa Schneider, Laura Stokowski, Teri Mills

Here are statements from two nurses who joined us in Washington DC:

“The irony is that many of us were far from home, but in fact were dealing with a primary issue that "hits close to home," for everyone-quality of life via education and prevention. This mission, in an increasingly fast pace demanding society and world, by its nature seemed to be very much embraced by everyone we spoke with on Capitol Hill.”

Keith Olsen BA, RN
Governor, NY Emmys
Callicoon Center, NY

“I have been a nurse for over 40 years. This was my first foray into the political process and what an introduction! I felt such pride in nursing (and especially in Teri and Alisa for their continued enthusiastic leadership of this campaign). I experienced an adrenaline high due to the excitement of being at the Capitol, and visiting the actual offices of U.S. Congressmen and women. But the clincher was seeing the existing support for this initiative, sensing how the staffers received our National Nurse Team informational packets, and spent their valuable time meeting with us. Their interest is confirmed by their comments and their sense of awareness of the significance of this initiative. The staffers and congressional members truly grasp the potential nurses have to make a significant contribution to public health prevention generate positive outcomes in the health care system. The good work nurses do everyday to become the most trusted profession and make a difference in people's lives is recognized and valued by Congress. That is so good to know!”

Susan Sullivan, RN PHN MSN
Orange County California

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Friday, April 20, 2007

National Nurse Quilt


Thank you to National Nurse supporter and Portland Community Faculty member Doris Werkman for designing and contributing this beautiful quilt to be given to the country's first National Nurse. The design of a diverse group of helping hands placed on red, white, and blue material symbolizes what many are trying to accomplish, the delivery of the prevention message to promote healthier living for every American.

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What a great idea!
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The quilt is beautiful!! I hope whoever receives it recognizes the effort and wishes put into it.

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Friday, April 13, 2007

National Nurse to Lead the Way In Health Care

By Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA

Nurses are generally regarded as being kind and compassionate. What is not generally recognized is their medical expertise and the vital and often primary role a nurse plays in providing quality health care. Yet it is this combination of compassion, understanding and medical expertise that makes nurses a perfect choice as advocates and educators in health care.

On the front lines of health care, a nurse is often the health professional responsible for providing continuous 24 hour care to those in need. Nurses not only care for patient’s physical needs but they treat their emotional needs as well. Working together with other health care professionals, the nurse is there to educate the patient regarding their continuing health care and preventive measures. However, our current system of health care is often reactive rather than pro-active. As experienced health care professionals, nurses are a perfect choice to lead the change in American health care by educating the public regarding proper health care and the prevention of illnesses.

As educated professionals, our knowledge and expertise should afford nurses the opportunity to inform the American public of vital health issues. It is imperative that nurses stand among the leaders in our nation's health care system, yet it is crucial that nurses work in collaboration with physicians and other medical professionals in providing quality health care to the American public. Together we are strong with the respective strengths of physicians and nurses combining to care for the good of all patients “Healthcare Professionals Together for You."™ So alongside the Surgeon General will stand a National Nurse, helping to lead the evolution of the nation's health care system in the 21st century into one of education and prevention.

Nurses need to recognize that they are health experts and communicators. Health in 30™ a weekly live radio show is dedicated to the responsible sharing of health information with leading medical experts and it provides listeners with the latest medical news and information; it is educational, informative and entertaining. The philosophy of Health in 30™ is simple and two-fold. First, the primary goal is to educate the public about vital health topics, to encourage the public to take charge of their health and speak up on certain issues; and second it is to have all health care professionals, especially nurses “Speak Out” to encourage them to become the experts that they truly are. They have the opportunity to become involved in the media as experts, either as a guest on the radio show and/or as a writer for the website. Nurses need to be recognized as the true professionals they are. Nurses must step forward and advocate for the public.

Health in 30 ™is on-air and online. Health in 30™ airs live every Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST and it is broadcasted on WRCR AM 1300 Radio Rockland. Streaming live at, click the WRCR logo to listen live, Health in 30 is there to provide listeners with health information with leading guest medical/health experts. is the extension of the radio show. On readers can get more in-depth information from the experts, listen to audio, sign-up for free newsletters, plus a lot more!

To address this issue of the National Nurse, Barbara Ficarra, creator, producer and host of Nurses in Motion™ with Scribe Media will discuss the topic of National Nurse for WebTV; guests include: Keith Olsen, RN advocate to create an Office of the National Nurse and Edith Brous, RN, JD. Details to follow at

copyright 2007 Health in 30™ and Nurses in Motion™-Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN,MPA Creator/Host/Producer

About the Author:
Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA is an award-winning journalist and the creator/producer/host of Health in 30™ radio show which airs live every Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST, broadcasts on WRCR-AM 1300 and streams live online at – click the WRCR logo to listen live! Health in 30™ is a 30-minute show that brings listeners the latest health and medical news and information with leading guest medical experts. Barbara conducts lively and informative discussions with leaders in their fields to provide vital health information on a broad range of topics, while focusing on education and prevention; and listeners will often call-in with questions.

Barbara is also the creator and editor-in-chief of the website. is dedicated to the responsible sharing of information from leaders in the healthcare industry. On, readers can get more in-depth information and tips from these same experts. The highlight of the website is the “Speak Out” logo, this is where all medical communicators can go to sign-up to be a guest on the Health in 30™ show and/or write for the website. Nurses are especially encouraged to sign-up and to use their voice to advocate to the pubic that they are medical experts and communicators. Barbara has teamed up with Scribe Media and Health in 30™ has expanded from radio to broadband media outlets; Barbara is the creator/host/producer of Health in 30™ for Scribe Media, additionally she is the creator/host/producer of Nurses in Motion™ for Scribe Media; a continuing series on issues surrounding the nursing profession. Barbara is a media consultant, health communicator and co-coach with Media Image Coach and she is also working with Televersemedia Productions producing health documentaries.

Barbara has been selected by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) to receive a prestigious Journalism Award of Excellence for Coverage of Emergency Medicine. The program, “Ins and Outs of the ER” covered what to expect in the ER and the challenges of crowding and waiting.

“Awards are given for outstanding coverage of an emergency medicine issue, in-depth analysis or investigation that brings clarity to a key emergency medicine issue and educates the public and significant impact that motivates positive change or breaks a new story that generates widespread coverage.” Barbara will be honored by ACEP at the Leadership and Advocacy Conference on May 1st at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Barbara was selected to teach at the American Medical Association’s Medical Communications Conference in Tampa, Florida on April 12th. On April 20th Barbara will be the keynote speaker at the American Association of Critical Care Nurses in Fairfield, NJ, April 21st she will be speaking at the Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses in Mt. Kisco NY, and Barbara will be the closing keynote speaker on April 27th at the Nursing Spectrum Career Fair in Teaneck, NJ. Barbara will also be the Keynote Speaker at two Nursing Spectrum Career Fairs in October. Barbara is a member of the National Association of Medical Communicators and New York Women in Communications. Barbara has media training featuring teleprompter, anchoring, hosting, broadcasting and interviewing; and she is a published author.

Barbara Ficarra graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and received a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a specialty in Health Administration from Long Island University. Barbara is multifaceted in her clinical experience, ranging from oncology to general medical/surgical units and presently is an Administrative Head Nurse at a Level 2 Trauma Medical Center. She serves on the Academy of Judges for the International Health and Medical Media Awards also known as the FREDDIES. Her 2004 production was a finalist in the 2004 FREDDIE awards. “Health in 30, Healthcare Professionals Together for You.”™

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Board Certified Holistic Nurse Speaks Out

Members of the National Nursing Network Organization Board of Directors frequently receives emails from supporters like the one below:

"Nurses have so much to offer and we need to show consumers our holistic and health promotion roots, and how they're different from a medical approach. The Office of the National Nurse is an excellent way to provide this information and put forth a role model who can be an articulate spokesperson for the profession."

Carolyn Chambers Clark, ARNP, EdD, FAAN, AHN-BC
Englewood, Florida

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Friday, April 06, 2007

Celebrate National Nurses Week-May 6-12th

The National Nurse Campaign is a grassroots effort, which means funding received is from supporters like you. To keep the efforts going strong, please visit the National Nurse Cafe Press website and make a purchase. Mugs, bumperstickers, buttons, teeshirts, magnets and other merchandise that are featured will help get the word out about the ongoing efforts to create an Office of the National Nurse and they would also make a great gift to celebrate Nurses Week.

The poster above can also be found at the National Nurse Cafe Press website or you can email for a FREE smaller version.

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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

National Nursing Network Organization Adopts Donor Bill of Rights

The Board of Directors of the National Nursing Network Organization voted unanimously to adopt the following Donor Bill of Rights. The premise of this bill is that philanthropy is based on volunteer action for the common good. Further, the bill states that it is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life.

To continue to gain your respect and trust, we want to assure donors and prospective donors that they can have full confidence in the National Nursing Network Organization, a 501 C-4 non profit, so we hereby declare that our donors have these rights:

1. The right to be informed of the organizational mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use these donations effectively for their intended purposes.

2. To know the identity of those serving on the National Nursing Network Organization Board of Directors.

3. Be able to access the organization's most recent financial statements (email for this information).

4. Be assured that your gifts will only be used for the purposes given.

5. Receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.

6. Know that information about your donations will be handled with respect and confidentiality to the extent provided by law.

7. Expect that any relationship with an individual representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.

8. Know that any solicitation for a donation is coming directly from a volunteer.

9. Be able to remove their name from the mailing list at any time.

10. Ask questions and receive prompt and truthful answers.

(The Donor Bill of Rights was developed by: American Association of Fund Raising Counsel, Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and Association of Fundraising Professionals. The Donor Bill of Rights is endorsed by Independent Sector, National Catholic Development Conference, Council for Resource Development, and United Way of America)

Retrieved on April 4, 2007 from Donor_Bill_of_Rights_-_English.pdf

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