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Monday, April 28, 2008

Philippine Nurses Association of America Endorses Office of the National Nurse Initiative

Thank you to the more than 4,000 members and Board of Directors of the Philippine Nurses Association for their recent endorsement to establish an Office of the National Nurse. Here is their letter of support:

April 22, 2008

The Honorable Lois Capps
1110 Longworth House Office Bld.
Washington D.C. 20515
Dear Congresswoman Capps:

Honoring our mission statement, “Promoting a culture of excellence, dedication, commitment to community, involvement and passion in caring for a stronger (nursing) foundation today for the next generation", it is with great pleasure that I announce on behalf of thirty six chapters across the USA and more than four thousand active members of the Philippine Nurses Association of America, our full support of the initiative to establish an Office of the National Nurse. We believe, as we know you do, that it is necessary for nurses to provide quality, safe, and compassionate care to all Americans and this must include prevention.

We join many other nursing and health care organizations who recommend the Chief Nurse Officer position in the USPHS be elevated, strengthened, and titled to become the “National Nurse.”

The designation of National Nurse will provide the authority, impetus, and public recognition needed for the nationwide focus on prevention. Further, we recognize the potential of having a National Nurse who could meet with health care leaders to highlight health disparities and bring forward new ideas to solve these inequities in all communities.

We are grateful for your continued efforts in highlighting the important work all nurses do and for your advocacy in improving the public's health. We look forward to reintroduction of legislation that will create the Office of the National Nurse. Please know you may call upon us for assistance when this happens.


Rosario-May P. Mayor
President PNAA

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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Congratulations Class of 2008!

Congratulations to the Nursing Graduates of the Class of 2008! The National Nursing Organization Board of Directors and supporters proudly welcome you to the nursing profession. We encourage you to watch this inspiring video that is really about you, the next generation of nursing leaders.

And if anyone ever tells you that one person can't make a difference to improve the life of one person, one city, one state, or even our nation, we invite you to read or listen to these words of Robert F. Kennedy that were repeated in his eulogy by his brother, Senator Edward Kennedy 40 years ago:

"Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

Few are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world that yields most painfully to change. And I believe that in this generation those with the courage to enter the moral conflict will find themselves with companions in every corner of the globe." RFK

Graduating nurses, this is your time, and our country needs you like never before.

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Massachusetts General Court Has Spoken-Thank You State Representative Christine Canavan (MA)

Pictured: Massachusetts State Representative Christine Canavan RN

Thank you Representative Christine Canavan for introducing and carrying forth the following resolution into the Massachusetts State House of Representatives. Representative Canavan states on her website "In our great country, professional nurses are a valuable resource. Nurses need to have a recognized and accepted voice in public policy. At the local level, an individual nurse's involvement, especially in areas that are politically sensitive to the profession, can be more important than many realize. And I hope the Office of the National Nurse will encourage my nursing colleagues to give of themselves to their communities and share their special insights."

The National Nursing Network Organization would also like to extend its thanks and gratitude to Rep. Canavan's legislative assistant, John Harding, and to the student nurses of Mt. Wachusett Community College for contacting Rep. Canavan and explaining to her the need for an Office of the National Nurse!



WHEREAS, Nurses are highly valued and trusted by the public and, in addition to administering health care, are often called upon to deliver educational messages about health maintenance and disease prevention; and

WHEREAS, There are thousands of nurses and nurse educators currently living and working in the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, A National effort is underway to create an Office of the National Nurse; and

WHEREAS, On March 8, 2006, Congresswoman Lois Capps, a nurse representing the 23rd District of California, introduced HR 4903 in the House Of Representatives to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish an Office of the National Nurse; and

, HR 4903 enjoyed bipartisan support and 42 members of the House of Representatives signed on to the bill; and

, The Office of the National Nurse would raise awareness of health issues and promote good health through education and community outreach; and

WHEREAS, The National Nurse would effectively complement to the existing Office of the Surgeon General of the United States; and

WHEREAS, The Office of the National Nurse would support valuable initiatives, such as producing weekly media broadcasts to promote health, increasing the numbers of nurse educators, facilitating deployment of nurses to underserved areas, promoting volunteerism within the Medical Reserve Corps and partnering with existing agencies to deliver nursing assistance and education to communities, particularly communities in crisis; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Massachusetts General Court memorializes the Congress of the United States to enact legislation to create an Office of the National Nurse as described in HR 4903 or similar legislation; and be it further

RESOLVED, That copy of these resolutions be forwarded by the Clerk of the House of Representatives to the President of the United States, the presiding officer of each branch of Congress and the members thereof the Commonwealth.

House of Representatives,
Adopted March 27, 2008

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Two National Nursing Organizations Voice Support For a National Nurse

Thank you to the members of the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators (AANAC) and the American Association of Nurse Executives (AANEX) who agree that a National Nurse would provide great assistance in helping to keep the nation well. Here is their letter of support:

April 10, 2008

The Honorable Congresswoman Capps
1110 Longworth House Office Building
Washington D.C. 20515

Dear Congresswoman Capps:

Please accept this letter on behalf of the 8,500 members of the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators (AANAC) and the 500 members of the American Association of Nurse Executives (AANEX) in support of your continued efforts in recognizing the important role nurses play in being able to increase the preventative care in this country. Your support to establish symbolic national nursing leadership for a new philosophy and cultural shift to prevention in US Healthcare is essential and particularly of importance to our aging population.

We believe that re-titling the Chief Nurse Officer of the USPHS to become the “National Nurse” will provide the authority, impetus, and recognition needed nationally to promote prevention. In addition, we commend you for your efforts to help raise the visibility of nursing, provide guidance for state and local leadership in mobilization of volunteer nurses, and to enhance prevention and improve health outcomes.

With the political climate being as challenging as it has been, it is good to recognize our mutual commitment to ensuring adequate health care for all Americans. We believe having a prominent and recognized nurse will also better facilitate the dissemination of accurate information that the ANNAC and AANEX can use to improve the quality of care for residents and patients.

We look forward seeing legislation introduced to achieve these goals and would like you to feel free to contact us should you need further support.


Diane Carter, RN, MSN, CS
President and CEO
American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators
American Association of Nurse Executives

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So good to see you are advocating for better care for all patients and residents.

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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Fostering Community Partnerships for Prevention

The NNNO Board of Directors were delighted to have the opportunity to share a poster board at the Medical Reserve Corps Annual Leadership and Training Conference held in Portland, Oregon April 8-11th. Special thanks to Lori Moss BSN, RN who helped with the design of the poster and the many participants of the conference who stopped by and shared their thoughts. The comments we heard were overwhelmingly positive-all were in agreement that the status quo is not working and believe national nursing leadership to encourage participation within the MRC would be a way to enhance health promotion and prevention efforts.

Here is the abstract we used for the poster presentation, "Fostering Community Partnerships for Prevention":

Based on the ubiquitous presence of nurses in all communities and the high degree of trust bestowed on them, a strong nursing presence in the MRC can play a major role in prevention and health promotion. Current efforts to increase enrollment in schools of nursing are straining the ability of communities to provide an adequate number of clinical sites to prepare students in public health. Enlisting student nurses to volunteer in their communities fosters awareness of the role of the nurse in public health and increases the likelihood of continued volunteerism after licensure. A proposal for including student nurse volunteers in the MRC as a vehicle for delivering illness prevention and health promotion education and a strategy to incorporate local MRC and student nurse volunteers in community health fairs will be presented.

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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Readers Stand Up for Office of the National Nurse Proposal

We are grateful to the many supporters who responded to the article published a few months ago in Nurse Week and Nursing Spectrum, National Nurse Debate Fuels Concern. The NNNO Board of Directors would like to share a letter that was published in January 14, 2008 Northwest and DC/MD/VA issues and to also recommend you read this article to become better acquainted on how closely our beliefs continue to parallel those of the American Nurses Association and other organizations:

"National nurse in everyone's best interest

I have been an avid supporter in the initiative of a national nurse. This article published in the Dec. 3 issue ("National Nurse Debate Fuels Concerns") outlines pure lack of communication. It is disconcerting to say the least.

I can't help but perceive this division as if there are two sides with opposing views.

Are we not, as nurses, here for the greater good of the patient and the integrity of our profession?

If I may, for a moment, go back to the foundation of nursing and read the words of Florence Nightingale's pledge "I will endeavor to fulfill my rights and privileges as a good citizen and take my share of responsibility in promoting the health and welfare of the community".

Let us contemplate an important provision in the ANA code of ethics: "The principle of respect for persons extends to all individuals with whom the nurse interacts.

The nurse maintains compassionate and caring relationship with colleagues and others with a commitment to the fair treatment of individuals, to integrity-preserving compromises, and to resolving conflict".

After reading the national nurse debate article I was embarrassed for my profession. The bantering between the "two sides" is ludicrous. We need support for our patients instituting health care preventative actions and to ultimately address our nursing shortage.

Both issues are threatening the development of our profession.

I cannot speak for my fellow RN's but I have never heard of Carol Romano until this article. It seems to me the national nurse, unequivocally, must be a visible force in the public.

A force that provides leadership and brings the honor and prestige of the nursing occupation to the public's attention.

How can we divert our eyes from the overwhelming need for prevention and swift action during crisis? I trust if the ANA and affiliates join forces with the innovative ideas of Teri Mills we may have a solution.

I challenge readers to visit the National Nurse Website"

Kate Strauss, RN, BSN

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State Rep. Christine E. Canavan (D-Brockton), front left, invited Devens Practical Nursing students, assistant professor Collene Thaxton, Director of Nursing Nancy Duphily and Dean of Health Sciences Eileen Costello to the statehouse to recognize their efforts in the Office of the National Nurse initiative.

Last Fall, nursing students attending Mt. Wachusett Community College decided to write their state legislators and request legislation supporting the Office of the National Nurse initiative. State Representative Christine E. Canavan (D-Brockton), who is also a nurse, found their request to be compelling, and introduced a resolution memorializing the Congress of the United States to enact legislation to create an official Office of the National Nurse.

The students believe a National Nurse is necessary to be a prominent visible symbol to generate a cultural shift to prevention at a time when our nation is seeing record numbers of chronic conditions such as obesity and Type 2 Diabetes.

Thanks to Representative Canavan's leadership, twenty-two members of the House of Representatives and three Senators signed on to make this a joint resolution. The legislation passed both chambers without dissent.

MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino stated, "As a college, we emphasize the importance of civic engagement, and this initiative represents student involvement at its best. I am very proud of our students and their professor, Collene Thaxton, for raising the awareness about the need for an Office for the National Nurse to ensure improved health care throughout the country."

The National Nursing Network Board of Directors commends the leadership skills the students of MWCC demonstrated that will most likely benefit the nation's health as well as the future generation of nurses.

There are presently two articles about the Massachusetts resolution. One appears in What's Up at the Mount, the MWCC newsletter and the other can be found at Enterprise News.

Update for April 9, 2008: The Nursing Site Blog applauds the MWCC nursing students and also recognized the Oregon student nurses political activism at the NSNA convention. Congratulations to all our future nurses!

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Saturday, April 05, 2008

National Nurse Recognized in Top 100 Academic Medical Blogs

Once again, the Office of the National Nurse earned recognition, this time as one of the Top 100 Academic Medical Blogs listed under the Nursing category. Criteria for selection included an academic and science-focused site that has real, researched medical information where one can turn to for expert advice and analysis.

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